All of the emphasis may have been on Empire Farm Days, but for 100 participants in the pre-event dairy tour, presented jointly by the Northwestern New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team, Cornell Pro-Dairy, and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, there was an opportunity to get up close and personal with two area dairy farming families, Extension educators and industry representatives. [Read more…]
On Friday, July 21, 2017 “Planning for Soil Health, Growing More with Less” was held at Valleyside Farm in Woodstock, CT to update those in attendance on the area of soil health. The particular emphasis was on no-till management and maximizing the use of cover crops. The program was sponsored jointly by the Connecticut Resource, Conservation and Development, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Northeast SARE. [Read more…]
CANANDAIGUA, NY — No huge herd? No problem. Zachary and Lindsey Weykman of Clifton Springs, NY showed five cows anyway at the Ontario County Fair, thanks to their 4-H project animals. Zachary, 14 and entering 9th grade and Lindsey, 17 and entering 12th grade, have been showing for four years and said that they enjoy the experience. [Read more…]
On Feb. 4, 1735, Benjamin Franklin published the oft-quoted idiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Although originally intended to inspire care for fire prevention, the quote still stands firm in its advice for today’s issue with antimicrobial resistance. [Read more…]
“I never wanted sheep that were mainstream,” said Julia Delpino owner of Oz Farm in Needmore, PA. “If everyone has them, what’s the advantage? I’ve always believed that being a bit different was good for business.” [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
If your horse is a pinto, paint or perhaps a cremello or bald face, chances are good that you’re concerned about sun damage.
Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM and board certified internal medicine specialist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, says that while many of her colleagues see a range of fairly common sun-related issues in the field, her position at Penn Vet means that she sees the worst of the worst. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — An increasing number of corn and soybean growers are turning to no- or low-till systems that use cover crops. A presentation on the topic, “Fertilizer and Nutrient Management in Cover Crops and Reduced Tillage Systems Farmer Panel” allowed attendees of Empire Farm Days to learn more about the farming method from farmers themselves. [Read more…]
Practices such as double cropping and cover cropping can boost yields, improve soil quality and provide a longer grazing season for cattle, but high nitrate levels in forages can lead to serious illness, and in some cases, death.
Warm season crops that accumulate nitrogen include corn, sorghums, millet, sudangrass, sorghum sudangrass and sunflower. [Read more…]