Eastern Edition

Farming with robots ~ pros and cons

ce-mr-1-scipio-center575by Michael Wren

LANSING, NY — Steve Patt is no stranger to working on a farm. Growing up on his parents’ farm in Fultonville, NY, and later in Sherburne, NY, Patt has always been around dairy farms. After graduating from SUNY Cobleskill and later Cornell University Patt began working on large dairy farms in the Scipio Center area. After a few years he and a friend from school decided to try farming for themselves on a rented farm in Scipio. [Read more…]

Preparing the barn and paddock for winter

ms-cl-mr-53-1-horse-tales2005These days of autumn leading up to winter are precious; we are enjoying the weather and spending as much time outdoors with our horses as is possible. Since the late spring, they have been turned out on pasture for as many hours as they choose. Although our pasture grass is not rich and a bit thin, the 15 or so acres are more than adequate for our two small Morgan horses. By the end of November and the start of the Big Game (Deer) hunting season, they’ll be ‘home’ for good — in the barn at night, and in the barnyard during the day, and depending on the amount of ice and snow we receive, probably for the rest of the winter. [Read more…]

Fonda Fair still focused on agriculture

ce-mr-5-fonda-fair405by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Montgomery County Agriculture Society Fonda Fair celebrated its 175th anniversary with this year’s event.

“Fonda Fair has increased it agricultural focus,” said Elma Phillips, of Dellavale Farm, where four generations have been dairying. “Some people are going into the niche markets with smaller animals; goats, sheep, pigs, and showing in those events.” [Read more…]

Nothing but forage

cm-mr-54-2-sandy-springs-dairy-9622by Sally Colby

Dairy farmers who have adopted grazing as part of a feeding system know that grazing isn’t a simple matter of opening a gate to a pasture. Grazing that’s part of a feed program takes a lot of planning and effort throughout the year to maintain successful production. [Read more…]

State Agriculture Commissioner tour farms impacted by drought

ce-mr-44-3-drought-in-jefferson-1cState Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on Sept. 6 joined Senator Pattie Ritchie, other state leaders, Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, members of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County to tour several farms in Jefferson and Oswego Counties impacted by this summer’s drought. The group visited three dairy farms and a Christmas tree farm to assess the drought damage in the region and better understand the outlook and plan for recovery. [Read more…]