Consumer trends headline beef conference

“The prosperity of this entire industry lies with the consumer.”

Ag economist Ted Schroeder made that statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation meetings in Manhattan, KS, June 15-17, but it summed up the theme of the opening session.

Schroeder and fellow Kansas State University ag economist Glynn Tonsor kicked off the conference, talking about beef demand in the next two decades. [Read more…]

Small grains workshop: Applying fungicides

by Katie Navarra

Small grains crops have reached the middle of the growing season and it’s time to plan fungicide applications. “Head blight is such an important disease to control,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator in agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

If the spores of the Fusarium head blight fungus germinate in the developing grain, the seed becomes shriveled and infected with the fungus. “Affected grains are lighter so the combine can sometimes be adjusted to remove light kernels, but distillers and brewers are particular in the quality they will accept,” he said. [Read more…]

Armyworms approaching threshold in New York counties

CE-MR-1-Armyworms1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Crop farmers across New York State are sure to remember the armyworm destruction of 2012.

In a pest report from Cornell on June 23, 2016, extension agents reported true armyworms (Pseudaletia unipuncta) on the move. In most cases reported, corn had been planted into a rye cover crop. [Read more…]

USDA offers targeted farm loan funding for underserved groups and beginning farmers

USDA Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Jewel Hairston Bronaugh, Ph.D., reminds producers that FSA offers targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to assist underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers.

“Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers,” said Bronaugh. “Farming and livestock production are capital intensive business ventures and FSA is committed to helping producers start, expand, and maintain their agricultural operations.” [Read more…]

Betsy’s Stand: Growing more for tomorrow

CN-GO-MR-35-2-Betsy's-Stand-3by Kristen M. Castrataro

When Betsy Molodich started “Betsy’s Stand” in 1998, she could hardly have imagined what the future would hold. Her brother-in-law had been selling apples and cider out of the stand for years, but when cider moved from fresh to pasteurized, the business model had to change. At her husband’s instigation, Betsy took over the stand, changed its name, and shifted towards vegetables. It was a good move. [Read more…]