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North Country Crop Congresses to be held throughout North Country

— The 2012 North Country Crop Congresses, organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, will cover everything from controlling weeds to climate impact to costs.

On Feb. 21, a congress will be held at Moe’s Bar and Grill, Malone, 3357 State Route 11, and on Feb 22, another will be held in Chazy at the W.H. Miner Center Auditorium, 1034 Miner Farm Rd.

Optimizing Forage Production with Legume/Grass Mixtures is the topic for Dr. Paul Peterson, University of Minnesota Extension Forage Specialist. Dr. Peterson’s most recent research has assessed the potential of mixtures of alfalfa with different perennial grass options.

Dr. Russ Hahn of Cornell University will provide the latest information on forage crop weed management.

Climatologists with the Cornell University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss how weather patterns affect crop production in Northern New York.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NNY Farm Business Management Team educators will share methods for tracking the true cost of crops production.

The 2012 North Country Crop Congresses will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. lunch and materials will be provided. Contact your local site for registration details. The North Country Crop Congresses will be held:

· Feb. 14, Canton Best Western, 315-379-9192

· Feb. 15, Carthage Elks Club, 315-376-5270, 315-788-8450

· Feb. 21: Moe’s Bar and Grill, Malone, 483-7403

· Feb. 22: W.H. Miner Center Auditorium, Chazy, NY.

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