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…]
Does the way you till your land impact our climate?
According to Dr. Robert L. Thompson, visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the answer is, “Yes!” [Read more…]
This past month has been really busy! April 7 through April 9, 13 SUNY Cobleskill students traveled to Syracuse, NY to participate in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy. What is Dairy Challenge you ask? [Read more…]
Central NY Beef Producers, in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties, hosted a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) chute-side, hands-on, training session with Cornell Beef Specialist Dr. Mike Baker and Dr. Bill Johnson of Leatherstocking Veterinarian Services.
The focus of this training session was administration of subcutaneous injections as required for BQA certification. [Read more…]
SYRACUSE, NY — Thomas A. Edison said, “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; and third, common sense.” This approach represents District Technician, Jerry Boyd, in his day-to-day service to the residents of Madison County and beyond. [Read more…]
While dairymen traditionally have been tied to the farm to feed and milk the animals at regular intervals, the newest technology allows dairy farmers some escape from the clock. A recent workshop on dairy automation demonstrated that dairy farming has gone hi-tech. [Read more…]
On Saturday, April 23, four of the Capital District Region’s best and brightest 4-H members traveled to Cornell University to compete at this year’s State Dairy Bowl contest. Many of these youth have been practicing since late November and have triumphed through county and district competitions. [Read more…]
by Paris Reidhead
Recently, I ran into a farmer named Pat at a farm supply dealership I work with. Pat was going over soil test results with the co-owner. He wanted a fertilizer and weed control recommendation for a 3-acre field of pumpkins. Upon examining the soil test results, Buddy wanted to avoid custom blending (which they don’t do themselves), and proposed a standard formulation. Thus he recommended 300 pounds per acre of 19-19-19. I asked Pat if I could look at the soil test results. He said yes. I saw the 1.9 percent organic matter and asked him what had caused this problem.
Pat said the previous cropman had rented the field, planting only corn the last five years, with no manure or cover crop — just commercial fertilizer and herbicide. [Read more…]