Enhancing crop profitability with cover crops and livestock grazing

by Tamara Scully

If you grow corn, soy, or small grains, you may want to rethink your rotations. No matter if you no-till or low-till, or use manure or inorganic fertilizers, you soil health is probably lacking. A focus on living soils is regaining renewed traction with dust storms in the Midwest, drought in the West, and hypoxia from runoff causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is a contributor, and decreasing the impact from our farms is imperative. [Read more…]

The 21st Annual Orange County 4-H Dairy Calf Sale and 4-H Alumni Reunion – An Event for Everyone

One of those events many 4-H’ers remember is the annual Calf Sale and Silent Auction – traditionally held the day before Mother’s Day.  This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, May 7 will be held at the recently opened Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Education Center & 4-H Park, near Otisville, NY.  The sale includes a chicken BBQ at 6 pm (pre-order required), silent auction, and live dairy cattle sale at 7 pm.  There is something for everyone at this event:  food, fun, and useful items from the silent auction, and great dairy cattle for both the showman and the commercial dairy producer.

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New York Farms produce Grand Champions in International Holstein Show in Syracuse

CEW-MR-4-Dairy-Carousel-21016by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY – Jared Dueppengiesser and Cooper Galton, both of whom come from family farms in western New York, picked up a couple major awards at the New York Junior Holstein Show on Saturday, April 9 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Actually, that was just a warm up for the International Holstein Show two days later. TC Sanchez Kristina (Sanchez), owned by Galton of Nunda, NY, won Grand Champion Youth and Aged Cow champion in the International Show. [Read more…]

Finding the key to agritourism at Red Apple Farm

CN-MR-43-3-Finding-th1e1-key1by Laura Rodley

Four generations of Rose’s have been lured to Red Apple Farm, drawn by the beauty of its apple orchard, the freshness of its air, the promise of earning a living working outside and having a great place to raise their families. Luring others to experience the same beauty, and satisfying thrill of picking crisp apples by inviting them as customers to their farm keeps their farm vital.  [Read more…]

Horse reining season kicks off in New England with the Northeast Spring Spin

CN-MR-3-Reining-horse44104by Paul Burdziakowski

The Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) kicked off their first show of the season April 15-17 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the premier reining horse competition in Massachusetts known as the Northeast Spring Spin Banquet of Champions & Pro-Am Event. There were a total of 118 horses, primarily of the American Quarter Horse breed, displaying how responsive and in tune they were with the rider by performing precise patterns of circles, spins and stops. The top performers earned cash purses of up to $500 or points towards an end of season total to earn the right to be called a champion. [Read more…]