Grain marketing issues addressed at Central NY CCE 2015 Corn Day

CEW-MR-2-Corn Day1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Grain marketing was a hot topic at the Central New York Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 2015 Corn Day.

In a presentation given by Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator John Berry, both corn and soybean trends and predictions were addressed.

“It’s impossible to predict grain prices. But, I’m optimistic about the food business,” Berry stated. “What business would you rather be in then trying to feed this exploding population? But, I’m also cautious about the risk we’re going to face in the meantime.” [Read more…]

Managing pests of herb and vegetable bedding plants

 by Katie Navarra

“Biological control programs use living organisms that are natural enemies of insects to control pests and diseases,” said Leanne Pundt, Extension Educator for University of Connecticut at the Litchfield County Extension Center.

“They do not act as quickly as pesticides, so cannot be used as a rescue treatment. Natural enemies are best used preventatively, early in the cropping cycle, when plants are small, pest numbers are low and pest damage has not yet occurred,” she added.

Biological controls also reduce worker exposure to pesticide and pesticide residues, limits spray damage, requires limited equipment for application and improves plant quality. Integrating biological controls also lengthens the lifespan of effective pesticides used in greenhouses by reducing opportunity for the development of resistance. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor: NYS Corn and Soybean Growers

As members of the board of directors of the New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association, Inc. (Association), we feel compelled to respond to letters that have recently appeared in this publication related to our decision to search for a new executive director of the Association.

While we are restricted in discussing personnel matters, please know that circumstances over a period of time necessitated the board to make a change at the executive director level. This decision was made with full board support and was made in the best interests of all New York corn and soybean growers. [Read more…]

A portrait of Essex Farm: Organic, environmentally sensitive, humane, sustainable, diversified and “dirty”

CE-MR-3-Dirty-Life1by Pat Malin

Farming is fun; it’s creative; it’s hard and without a doubt it’s “dirty” work. As Mark and Kristin Kimball explain it, though, it becomes an appealing and infectious way of life.

Mark Kimball was in perpetual motion physically and verbally, maintaining a constant banter with Kristin, and for two hours entertaining an audience of about 200 people who attended their lecture at Hamilton College on March 10. [Read more…]

Make #DCHA2015 trend on social media

DCHA_2015 Conference Banner_111114(1)“Connect with the best” online for live conference happenings and a chance to win a calf and heifer canvas print.

Madison, WI– The 2015 Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) Conference is just around the corner, where attendees will have a chance to connect with some of the world’s best calf and heifer raisers. All calf and heifer raisers are invited to follow the conference and join the conversation online by using #DCHA2015. [Read more…]