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…]
Eighteen youth competed in the 4-H Beef Show at the Saratoga County Fair on Thursday, July 20. This show has tripled in size over the past three years and continues to grow. The show mainly consists of Angus and Hereford beef cows. [Read more…]
Western Bean Cutworm, an emerging pest of field and sweet corn in the Eastern U.S, prompted the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program to fund field research in 2016. The results of those trials are now posted at www.nnyagdev.org as the work continues in cornfields this summer. [Read more…]
Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley, located at 100 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY, celebrated their 2nd annual Dairy Day with Montgomery County’s Dairy Promotion team, headed up by American Dairy Association and Dairy Council (ADADC) NY District 5 Director / Montgomery County Dairy Promotion Chair, Terri Phillips-Nelson. [Read more…]