CNY Beef Producers Beef Quality Assurance chute-side training focuses on administering injections

CEW-MR-3-CNY-Beef-producers6by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

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…]

Madison County Conservation District Technician receives award

CE-MR-2-Madison-Technician3by Troy Bishopp

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…]

Automatic Dairy Farming: Part 1

CE-MR-1-Automatic-dairy-pt1229by Tamara Scully

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…]

Emily Ooms Excels at NYS 4-H Dairy Bowl Competition

CE-DY-MR-14-2-Emily-Ooms-1cby Margaret Smith, 4-H Agriculture and STEM Educator

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…]

Robbing the soil bank

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…]