Small-grains workshop

by Katie Navarra

Imagine harvesting a wheat field that yields more than 200 bushels per acre. Chances are you’d need additional equipment and ample storage. It’s not a wild dream, it’s a reality. In 2015, a farmer in England harvested 245 bushels per acre on his farm in Lincolnshire Wolds. The new record beat the previous record from 2010 by 5 percent.

“It takes a lot of inputs like fertilizer, fungicide and foliar nutrients along with near ideal weather conditions to achieve that kind of yield,” said Aaron Gabriel, senior extension resource educator, agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension, during a workshop held May 26. [Read more…]

The top 10 issues in dairy

CEW-MR-43-2-The-top-ten0507by Steve Wagner

The Dairy Industry Professional Roundtable met at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center last month to discuss the title topic. Jayne Sebright, the Communications Director at Center for Dairy Excellence for 10 years, served on this occasion as Executive Director. She has since been officially named as the permanent replacement. “The recent transition at the center has provided the opportunity to reaffirm our charge to support individual dairy farm businesses and empower the broader dairy industry,” she said. “We are looking forward to sharing an update on the center’s strengthened partnerships while learning from those who attend how our resources can provide the most value to the industry.” [Read more…]

Meeting consumers’ high standard

CM-MR-32-2-Meeting-consurmers2by George Looby, DVM

Consumers today are much better informed when it comes to matters of nutrition and food safety than were preceding generations. This is due in large measure to the work of food scientists whose understanding of food microbiology continues to expand. Despite this ever-expanding body of knowledge, hazards continue to exist in the food chain that pose a potential threat to the consumer. [Read more…]

Symphony in the sward

CE-MR-44-4-Sward-by-Bishopp-3cby Troy Bishopp

At this time of year many in agriculture are so busy with fieldwork they “can’t see the pasture for the plants” or “the forest for the trees.” However, 20 farmers from Central New York gave pause on a spectacular spring evening to linger with a seasoned “bird whisperer” in an open-air symphony surrounded by an amphitheater of working grasslands and cattle. [Read more…]

Beef cattle disease

by Tamara Scully

The Veterinary Feed Directive, going into effect fully in Jan. 1, 2017, will change the way producers handle some common treatments for diseases. Any medically important antibiotics will have to be prescribed by a veterinarian. But before cattle get sick, vaccination is a preventative step available for many diseases.

Dr. Heidi Ward, DVM, of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science, recently discussed common cattle diseases, prevention and treatments. The top disease concerns, ranging in severity, are: bovine respiratory disease; diarrheal disease; reproductive disease; and muscoskeletal disease. Vector diseases, transmitted by a bite, typically from a fly or tick, are also of concern. [Read more…]