WATERLOO, NY — Spraying soybeans isn’t just about effective pest and disease control. Best management practices (BMPs) also include keeping spray where it belongs. Bob DeWaine, technology development representative for Monsanto, presented “Back to the BMPs of Spraying: Getting Ready for Dicamba Resistant Soybeans” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]
by Jane Primerano
The saying is “small is beautiful,” but it could be “small is profitable.”
Jean-Martin Fortier, owner-operator of Broadfork Farm in Quebec, is a firm believer in that.
Fortier was keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Winter Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association – New Jersey. He spoke about his success with the 10-acre farm he has been running for several years. [Read more…]
“These heifers are some of the nicest I’ve ever raised,” said Dave Stanton of Walton, NY.
Stanton has been in dairying for 22 years and says he started out with nothing more than a 9N tractor and a manure spreader. Now he is milking 55 registered Holsteins. [Read more…]
LATHAM, NY — When Indiana farmer and guest speaker, Blaine Hitzfield, suggested that adopting a new belief system in agriculture was needed for success, 140 fellow farmers took notice. “Timing is on our side, as the consumer is actively seeking an authentic story from their community. But will you change your position and climb the value chain in the market?” asked the marketing manager for the Seven Sons Farm operation. [Read more…]
GROTON, CT — Early February marked the 32nd annual North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) Farmers Inspired convention. This year included two days of tours, two days of classes and tradeshows, and a final day of hands-on workshops. This event had something for everyone looking to enter or improve their standing in direct marketing. Attendees and vendors came from all across the United States and Canada to learn, network and stay current in the industry. [Read more…]
Climate change has the potential to dramatically impact anyone raising livestock. Horse owners, too, will need tools to recognize and alleviate equine discomfort as a result of changes in temperature. As heat or cold events become more frequent, and extremes in temperatures are seen, equine owners need to know how to protect their horses. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Success depends upon good management in every aspect of the dairy. The 2017 Operations Managers Conference, presented by Cornell University’s PRO-DAIRY program, and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association, focused on the topic “Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops, and Technology,” with extensive presentations, panel discussions and keynote speakers addressing the many facets of management needed to make a dairy successful. [Read more…]
Managing spotted wing Drosophila doesn’t have to mean applying insecticide every week; in fact, Miguel Gomez, PhD, believes that other methods can work as well or better. [Read more…]