By working with the Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project this season, Chenango County has successfully recycled 4,000 pounds of plastic that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill. Since February RAPP and CCE have been encouraging farms that wish to participate to put “plastics best management practices” into action. So far only 10 farms in the county are actively participating, but others can join by following a few basic BMPs: keep plastic as clean and dry as possible, shake out pebbles and clumps of soils, and then roll or fold the plastic into pillow-sized bundles. Plastic that is going to be recycled should be stored on a pallet, out of the mud and gravel, with different colors and types separated. Continue reading
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Nearly 70 members and guests attended the Mohawk Valley FFA’s 75th Annual Banquet, which was held on June 14 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.
Retiring Chapter President Kaitlyn Isaac, who has been recently installed as District 5 President in May, welcomed the guests and addressed her colleagues.
“2012-2013 MVFFA officer team, it was such an honor to serve as president this past year,” Isaac commented. “I can’t believe how quick the time passed but I just wanted to say I’m so glad I had all of you with me. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
Liam Sammons and Aiden Eggleston presented the flags while the National Anthem was played.
Guests included keynote speaker New York State FFA Sentinel, Kaylin Broadwell, who spoke about her experiences with FFA, and Canajoharie FFA alumni, Bill Jones. Continue reading
by Steve Wagner
A cluster of people — the curious, the meticulous, those who were ‘just wondering’ and, of course, farmers — gathered on the edge of the field at Penn State’s Research Station in Landisville, Lancaster County PA. A PSU Extension Educator, agronomist Jeff Graybill, is preparing a test flight of a drone, one that is fashioned to look like a child’s model plane of advanced design. The mainstream news media is used to talking about much larger drone aircraft that are instrumental in political assassination or the tracking of specific persons or movements of people. But the function of this particular drone, purchased by Graybill with grant money, is to give farmers another tool with which to improve crop maintenance. From the air, photographs can zero in on specific tracts of land, even footage or inches if necessary. Graybill monitors on an iPad the images recorded by the Continue reading
by Sally Colby
With high volatility in the agricultural industry, not everyone is willing to start farming from scratch. But that’s what Tom Murray and his wife Nancy did. They borrowed money for their Waterloo, NY farm and bought cattle they could afford. Although they weren’t able to obtain top-quality cows in the beginning, they eventually purchased High-Sights Cleitus Lulu, who became the dam of Muranda Oscar Lucinda — a cow that set the world record for milk production.
That was in 1991, and Murray says that it was Lulu who put Muranda Holsteins on the map. “She was one of a few registered Holsteins,” said Murray, adding that grade cows were purchased to fill the barn. “That triggered the start of our interest in genetic marketing and cow families, and it blossomed from there.”
The Murrays used revenue from early genetic marketing to purchase more cattle, aiming to acquire cattle with deep pedigrees. At a 1998 dispersal sale, the Murrays purchased Beachlawn L Lilly, who became the matron for a significant cow family. Lilly has produced numerous offspring by Continue reading