John Kenny of Big Train Farm in Cranston, RI uses a four-step process to prepare his fields for planting. After a cash crop is finished, his 100 Black Australorp chickens clean up any crop residue. John said his chickens love green tomatoes. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, a consortium of local vegetable growers gathered at the Albion, ME research farm of Johnny’s Selected Seeds with one task in mind, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities related to growing tomatoes in the New England region.
The Tomato Growers Roundtable is a conduit for growers to listen to their peers and collaborate on potential solutions to the most prevalent issues. Topics ranged from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility challenges. [Read more…]
On Aug. 5, 2015 the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) hosted its Plant Science Day at the Lockwood Farm in Hamden, CT. Mother Nature cooperated, providing a nearly perfect day for the large crowd at this year’s event. The farm provides a field laboratory for Experiment Station scientists who work to investigate the many problems facing commercial growers, home gardeners and many other citizens of the state. [Read more…]
The National Organic Coalition (NOC) hosted their annual fly-in for Hill Day in mid-June. The three-day fly-in schedule included an Organic Farmer Alliance planning meeting and policy coaching before legislative meetings. Nearly 40 NOC delegates from around the country met with their legislators.
Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Coordinator and Abby Youngblood, NOC Executive Director led a thorough policy briefing and orientation session. Delegates felt well prepared for their Hill Day meetings with their Senators, Representatives and/or legislative staff. [Read more…]
“What’s new in soybeans?” asked Monsanto’s Bryan Dillehay, the lead-off speaker at Penn State’s 2015 Farming for Success seminar. Though he lives in Missouri, Dillehay is no stranger to Penn State, having received his Masters and Ph.D in Agronomics from the University. “I don’t want to talk about things four or five years down the road, but hopefully things you’ll be able to buy this fall and plant next spring,” he said. [Read more…]