Heather Teachout graduated from Genesee Community College in 2003 with a Medical/Office Technology Certification. Heather spent 12 years as a pharmacy technician, and 5 years in the Banking Industry. Heather has been with WNYCMA for the last 5 years as the office administrator, and crop scouting in the summer months. Heather offers a wide variety of skills and energy to the office.
Chautauqua County Soil Health Field Day
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
9:15 am – 12:30 pm
Lesch Farms, LLC
4893 West Main Road (Tent in Field)
Fredonia, New York
Hosted by: Dave, Irene, John, and Heather Lesch & Family
FREE to attend, no pre-registration required
NYS DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits Available
Field Day Agenda:
9:15 am: Registration, Donuts, Coffee & Beverages provided
9:30 am: Welcome & Introductions
and Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District to assist with implementing soil health practices.
and strip till equipment - Lesch Farms, LLC Field Day Hosts
10:00 am: NY Soil Health Trailer Demonstrations - Healthy soil can reduce nutrient loss from intense rainfall events which keeps crops productive and our water cleaner - Fay Benson, Extension Educator, Cornell University SCNY Regional Dairy Team, Cortland, NY
11:00 am: Weed, Insect and Disease Challenges with Tillage Practice Changes - Farmers make changes to their rotations and tillage practices and utilize more cover crops to create a healthier environment for soil microbes and crops. However, those changes often create an environment that is more desirable to unwanted pests as well. Dan will discuss some of those pests and management considerations to control them - Dan Steward, Field Crop Consultant, WNY Crop Management Association, Randolph, NY
11:45 am: View and Discuss Soil Pits Highlighting Soil Health Indicators and How Soil Properties Influence Soil Function - Matt Havens, Soil Scientist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Belmont, NY
12:30 pm: Opportunity to ask additional questions and receive Pesticide and CCA credits
Please note: Moderate walking required at the field day to view demonstrations. Seating will NOT be
provided - please bring your own lawn chair if needed.
NYS DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits are available: Category 1A- Ag Plant, 0.75 points and Category 21- Field and Forage, 0.75 points. Bring your NYS DEC Pesticide Applicator License to receive credits.
This informational program is being organized by: Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County in cooperation with Lesch Farms, LLC; Western NY Crop Management Association; Pioneer Seeds; Preferred Seed and Lamb & Webster.
Plan to join us to learn more about Soil Health for your farm on Wednesday, August 25th from
9:15 am until 12:30 pm at Lesch Farms, LLC in Fredonia, NY.
If your farm is planning for new barns, bunk silos or certain other structures, you may also be required to obtain a General Permit for Stormwater Discharges (SPDES Construction Permit). This requirement is often overlooked by farms and a number of facilities have been cited during CAFO inspections for failure to obtain the proper permits. The following is a summary of the requirements you should be aware of. They are also listed in your ECL SPDES General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. All CAFOs are required to have a copy of the permit at their facility or in their CNMP. It should be noted that the following requirements apply to construction activities at all farms, not just CAFO facilities.
To obtain coverage under the SPDES General Permit, you need to submit a Construction Permit Notice of Intent to your local DEC office. While this may sound confusing, it is important that you follow these requirements. Just keep in mind that if you are planning any construction activities on your farm, you should first check to see if you need to obtain any permits from DEC. If you are working with an engineer, they should know the requirements. You can also check with your local Soil and Water Conservation District. Your farmstead planner at WNY Crop Management Association can also give you guidance. If you still have questions, contact your local DEC office.