Midnight Farms

CM-MR-2-Midnight2693by Sally Colby

Ben Warfield has been raising cattle for quite a while, and like many other young cattlemen, he got his start in 4-H. “I started when I was 10,” he said, adding that his father JG is also involved with the Marriottsville, MD cattle operation. “I raised breeding heifers and market steers, and I also had breeding and market hogs and market lambs.”

Raising and exhibiting a variety of livestock paid off well for Ben, who landed a spot on the Maryland state livestock judging team. “Our team was in the top three at the national contest so we won a trip to Europe,” he said. “We went to England, France, Germany and Belgium. In Belgium, we stayed with host families for several days.” The host farm where Ben stayed raised Belgian Blue cattle, which he says are very heavy-muscled and very lean. [Read more…]

Dairy and Beef Market Roundup as of October 2014 Beef surges, Butter slides

CEWN-MR-1-Market roundup graphby Sherry Bunting

It is fall roundup time, and cattle feeders are paying ever-higher prices for placements in the face of a bumper crop of corn, coupled with the smallest calf crop coming to market in at least five decades.

As of July 1, the U.S. All Cattle and Calf Inventory (beef and dairy) was 95 million head — down 3 percent from last year and the lowest since 1973. There were fewer cattle of all classes, except a 1 percent increase in milk cow numbers. [Read more…]

Using crop technology in 2015

by Sally Colby

Farmers are presented with an ever-increasing array of technology aimed at making them better at what they already do. Those who choose to incorporate technology in the field can expect better yields and profits.

“Crop technology hinges on GPS,” said Dr. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “It’s the driver of everything we do in precision ag.” Nielsen says equipment control, monitoring of equipment, spatial data and GIS software to manage the spatial data are also important components. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau speaks out against new EPA proposed rule ~ Deadline extended

CEW-MR-1-EPA proposed ruleby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“It’s time to ditch the rule!” said New York Farm Bureau State Associate Director of Public Policy and National Affairs, Elizabeth Wolters, who spoke at an annual October Farm Bureau meeting.

Wolters joined NYFB District 8 Director Dean Casey to inform attendees about updates on important issues concerning farmers across the state. Standing out among those issues was the proposed regulation by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expanding its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to include the power to dictate use of land decisions and farming practices, in or near puddles, ponds, ditches, isolated wetlands and land that floods during heavy rain — but is normally dry. The rule would cause more difficulties to farmers who need to change farming operations to remain profitable. [Read more…]

Diversity is key to success at Damin Farm

CE-MR-3-Damin Farm2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

When Barb Keegan first met Steve Damin and he told her he was a dairy farmer from New York, she said “Yeah right, and the moon is made of green cheese!” Now, over 36 years later, she says she knows better!

Steve and Barb Damin met in Hill City, SD in late winter of 1977, where Barb (Keegan) worked for the U.S. Forest Service. She was a local girl from Rapid City, SD. Steve, a New York native who had traveled to South Dakota after high school, had opened a mining company located in Keystone, SD.

Steve’s parents, back in St. Johnsville, NY, were having difficulty finding and keeping farm help, so, as their two little girls neared school age, Steve and Barb made the decision to move back to New York State onto Damin’s family farm. [Read more…]