SENECA FALLS, NY — While robotic dairy operations may seem very different from manual dairy management, in the most important ways, they’re very similar, according to Doug Waterman, Ph.D. [Read more…]
Roedale Farm, near Richfield Springs, NY, is a 3rd generation dairy, where brothers Jason and Luke Pullis, along with parents Allan and Pat, continue a top producing line of registered Holsteins through embryo transplants. [Read more…]
All of the emphasis may have been on Empire Farm Days, but for 100 participants in the pre-event dairy tour, presented jointly by the Northwestern New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crop Team, Cornell Pro-Dairy, and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, there was an opportunity to get up close and personal with two area dairy farming families, Extension educators and industry representatives. [Read more…]
SENECA FALLS, NY — An increasing number of corn and soybean growers are turning to no- or low-till systems that use cover crops. A presentation on the topic, “Fertilizer and Nutrient Management in Cover Crops and Reduced Tillage Systems Farmer Panel” allowed attendees of Empire Farm Days to learn more about the farming method from farmers themselves. [Read more…]
Practices such as double cropping and cover cropping can boost yields, improve soil quality and provide a longer grazing season for cattle, but high nitrate levels in forages can lead to serious illness, and in some cases, death.
Warm season crops that accumulate nitrogen include corn, sorghums, millet, sudangrass, sorghum sudangrass and sunflower. [Read more…]
Seth Jacobs’ 130-acre farm in Argyle, NY takes advantage of the watershed that offers a natural resilience to flooding. Seth has been certified organic throughout his farming career. He also runs a successful marketing and distributing direct to resale business, as well as a farmers market while employing five employees full-time. Among his most economically viable crops are tomatoes. [Read more…]
At the recent New York Hereford Breeders Classic Show at the Ontario County Fair, Judge Andy Hoelscher, an officer with the New York Beef Producer’s Association, took his time circling the ring throughout the classes and expressed difficulty in choosing winners. Competition was close among the well-groomed, well-mannered cattle and their competent handlers. Ashley Thompson took home Division Champion Heifer, Reserve Steer and Grand Champion Showman. [Read more…]
“There ain’t no island left for Islanders like me,” Billy Joel sings in “Downeaster Alexa,” but that isn’t quite true.
While Suffolk County is no longer one potato field after another, there are plenty of governmental and non-governmental organizations working hard to permanently preserve farmland. [Read more…]