As if the current tick borne diseases that citizens in the northeast have to contend with were not enough a new one is emerging to make life in the out of doors a bit more challenging. Lyme disease has been with us for several years and there are few residents who are not familiar with some of the issues that can arise from being infected with the spirochete that causes the disease. [Read more…]
Please be aware that Cucurbit Downy Mildew (CDM) has been identified in the Mid- Hudson Valley, specifically Dutchess County. This is a fast moving and very destructive disease as windblown spores from this infection site are a primary source of infection for other cucurbit plantings in the area. Spores are easily dispersed long distances.
FLOYD, NY — Poet William Matthews wrote, “What matters is that a soldier has a sword of dazzling finish, of the keenest edge, and finest temper, if he has never learned the art of fence.” In today’s farming vernacular, learning the art of fence stimulates livestock management, insures safety, protects water quality, produces local food and saves money for those who have the passion to build their own. [Read more…]
Connie Louise Frasier of Mohawk, NY, was crowned Herkimer County’s 2017-2018 Dairy Princess during the 54th annual pageant on April 28, 2017.
The 16-year-old, barrel-racing daughter of Harvey and Connie Frasier, grew up on a certified organic grass fed dairy and says one of the reasons she pursued the Dairy Princess title was to support her family. [Read more…]
Building soil health is what Jim Hershey says the PA No-Till Alliance is focusing on. Hershey recently chaired a Farming for Success seminar at Penn State’s SEAREC unit near Lancaster, PA.
“Planting green,” he says, “is a relatively new practice. [Read more…]
White’s Farm Supply, Inc. in Canastota, NY has been named to New Holland’s exclusive President’s Club, the highest honor New Holland bestows on a dealership. The award recognizes superior service to customers as well as excellence and continuous improvement in business performance. [Read more…]
“If you prune early and often it will take a lot less time and make harvesting more efficient later on,” says CCE ENY Commercial Horticulture Program Vegetable and High Tunnel Specialist Amy Ivy.
Folks traveled for hours to attend the hands-on, high tunnel tomato pruning workshop instructed by Ivy and CCE ENYCHP Horticulture Specialist Crystal Stewart, hosted by Ray Zimmerman’s High Tunnels near Fort Plain, NY, earlier this year. [Read more…]
ALFRED, NY — Some folks have been pondering whether grass-based farmer, Russ Wilson, enjoys being categorized as a livestock producer more or being labeled as a soil microbe savant more. One thing’s for sure, you can’t deny his optimism for the future and his passion for improving land by creating a resilient base of grazing forages as the centerpiece of profitability. [Read more…]