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Contract grazing tips

2021-04-09T15:17:20-05:00April 6, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Grazing one’s own land can provide an economic way to raise beef cattle; however, not every cattleman possesses enough land to effectively graze his herd. Whether he grazes his cattle on his own land or on someone else’s, it costs money. Father and son team Jon and Jared Luhman operate Dry Creek Red Angus. The family-owned direct market, grass-fed beef and organic cash crop farm is in Goodhue, MN. Their herd contract grazes on cover crops and crop residue, including their neighbor’s fields and at sites as remote as Nebraska. They shared their findings at “Contract Grazing Cover Crops for Winter Feed,” a recent webinar hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa. (more…)

Branding means telling your story

2021-04-06T15:55:40-05:00March 26, 2021|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Branding may sound like a difficult job for savvy social media whizzes. But Dahlia Dill, owner of Chandler Pond Farm in Wheelock, VT, believes that any farmer can develop effective branding with just a few ideas. She presented “Social Media Tips & Tricks” as part of the New England Women in Livestock Virtual Winter Conference recently. (more…)

Dairy Forward grant helps NY dairies

2021-03-26T14:53:40-05:00March 26, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

If your New York dairy farm could use professional services to plan for farm transition, investigate the Dairy Forward grant program. Molly Johnston-Heck, regional Farmland for a New Generation manager with American Farmland Trust, provided information in a recent webinar hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension and AFT. (more…)

Getting the best soybean and wheat yield

2021-03-26T17:04:44-05:00March 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Want greater soybean and wheat yields? Dr. Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison soybean and wheat specialist, presented “Getting Your Best Soybean and Wheat Yield” as part of the New York Soybean & Small Grains Congress hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Program. Team leader Mike Stanyard, Cornell Extension specialist, emceed. (more…)

Pheromone trapping can help fight corn pests

2021-03-05T19:15:23-05:00March 5, 2021|Eastern Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Tracking patterns of corn pests can help farmers more effectively combat them. Ken Wise, livestock and field crops IPM specialist for New York State IPM at Cornell University, presented “Importance of Pheromone Trapping for Black Cutworm, True Armyworm and Western Bean Cutworm” at the recent Corn Congress, presented virtually this year. (more…)

Budgeting and pricing vital to profits

2021-03-02T16:57:01-05:00March 2, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Both budgeting and pricing goods determines if a farm business will be profitable. Kelly McAdam and Kenesha Reynolds, University of New Hampshire Extension specialists, presented “Taking a Good Look at Your Enterprises” at the recent New England Women in Livestock Business Winter Virtual Conference. (more…)

COVID continues to affect consumers

2021-02-25T10:29:10-05:00February 18, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Consumer whims and trends can affect how they purchase farm goods. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven a major influence in how people shop. Martha Hilton, who manages produce merchandising at Rochester, NY-based Wegmans Food Markets, presented “Changing Consumers Through COVID” at the recent virtual New York State Agricultural Society Annual Meeting and Forum. (more…)

Farm continuity relies on planning

2021-02-18T15:16:36-05:00February 18, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Among its many hard-learned lessons, the pandemic taught us that planning for business interruptions is vital for farm continuity in case of emergency. Shannon Dill, Extension educator with University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County, presented “Creating a Farm Business Continuity Plan” as a recent webinar. (more…)

Seed treatments aid in preventing early corn pests

2021-02-16T11:33:03-05:00February 16, 2021|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

What is more effective than stopping corn pests before they even start? Not much, according to Jaime Cummings, field crops and livestock IPM coordinator with Cornell University. She presented “Evaluating Seed Treatments for Seedcorn Maggot Protection in Corn: Will Neonic Alternatives Be a Good Substitute?” as part of the recent Corn Congress. (more…)