Herkimer County Dairy Princess

CE-MR-2-Herkimer-Coun1ty-DP12by Michael Wren

WEST WINFIELD, NY — It’s a beautiful day for a drive as I begin my trip to meet with this year’s Herkimer County Dairy Princess. As I arrive at my destination, Ellie Ainslie, the person who currently holds the title, meets me. As we begin our conversation I realize how well spoken and confident she is when talking about the dairy industry. Living on her current farm since 2001 Ellie is no stranger to working on a farm. Coming from multiple generations of dairy farmers she plans to always keep it as a part of her life. Whether giving seminars or working with a 4-H organization, she wants to continue the strong tradition of dairy farming and educating the general population on the subject. [Read more…]

2016 Virginia Beef Expo Junior Angus Show

CM-PP-Angus21Angus exhibitors led 65 entries at the 2016 Virginia Beef Expo Junior Angus Show, April 17 in Harrisonburg, VA. Randy Daniel of Colbert, GA and Chandler Akins of Nashville, GA evaluated the entries before naming champions. [Read more…]

Farm Safety Day: Part 2

CW-MR-3-Farm-Safety-Day2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Running farm machinery on main roads is hazardous. “You are not required to pull over,” reported New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Agricultural Safety Specialist, Jim Carrabba, featured speaker at Schoharie County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Day, co-sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

A head start for cover crops

CW-CM-42-2-Head-start-cover2by Sally Colby

As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]

Mitigating the effects of a hard spring at The Big Apple

CN-39-4-Mitigating-the4by Kristen M. Castrataro

About 70 people gathered at The Big Apple in Wrentham, MA on April 20, 2016 for a joint Twilight Meeting of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Fruit Growers Associations. Growers and Extension professionals from both states participated in a wagon ride and walking tour of the orchards followed by dinner and presentations by Extension Educators from both states. [Read more…]