Not your grandfather’s corn

by Sally Colby

Dairy farmers typically plant designated acreage in corn for silage each year, with seed selection based on variety of factors. This past year’s drought conditions may entice some farmers to select more drought-tolerant varieties, and may also encourage them to think beyond what they’ve traditionally planted.

Ev Thomas, of Oak Point Agronomics, says drought-tolerant hybrids have been developed by several seed companies including DeKalb, Monsanto and Pioneer. “These are specifically developed for drought conditions,” said Thomas. [Read more…]

Cornucopia Fest 2016

cn-mr-2-conucopia-fest1-copyby George Looby, DVM

In October the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, Storrs, held Cornucopia 2016. This event was designed to showcase the multiple components of the College in a setting suitable for early fall, that of a country fair. [Read more…]

Slacktivism: cultivating your message beyond the fencerows

by Steve Wagner

The PA Farm Bureau’s Bill Zeiders is not that long out of Lebanon Valley College and he is now Director of Digital Media and Marketing at PFB. What he zeroed in on at the 66th PFB annual meeting was social media and specifically Facebook and the tools available to help people leverage their network and maximize their reach. [Read more…]

Dairy Ambassador brings agriculture to the classroom

ce-mr-2-herkimer-dairy-ambassador1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

While it’s not uncommon for schools to start mornings off with dairy in their Breakfast in the Classroom program, co-hosted by the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, it’s not every school that benefits from a program such as Ashley Teachout is conducting at Richfield Springs in Herkimer County, New York. [Read more…]

Central NY Beef Producers Feeder Calf Sale brings success

ce-mr-bf-3-feeder-calf-sale1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“We are very pleased to announce we had a very successful tele-auction!” remarked Bill Gibson, CCE Agricultural Community Educator for Schoharie and Otsego Counties. “From the comfort of the Cooperstown Cooperative Extension Office with the auctioneer and five bidders on the phone and one sitting with us, we sold 25 steers and heifers at a pro-rated average bid of $1.39 per pound.” [Read more…]