New York State hosts 2016 National Holstein Convention

CF4-PP-2016-National-Holstei1nby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.

Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]

Supplementing the organic dairy herd diet with flaxseed

CW-MR-40-1-Supplementing-with-flaxseedby Katie Navarra

Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.

A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]

New York Beef Industry Council ‘Farm to Fork’ tours open doors

CEW-MR-3-Farm-to-Fork1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Food service distributors, nutrition educators, culinary instructors, dietitians and other representatives from retail food and restaurant industries joined groups across New York State to attend 2016 Farm to Fork tours, hosted by the New York Beef Industry Council.

Attendees met with dedicated farm owners, touring beef farms and learning how cattle are cared for, from in utero through harvesting. [Read more…]

Small grains workshop: Applying fungicides

by Katie Navarra

Small grains crops have reached the middle of the growing season and it’s time to plan fungicide applications. “Head blight is such an important disease to control,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator in agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

If the spores of the Fusarium head blight fungus germinate in the developing grain, the seed becomes shriveled and infected with the fungus. “Affected grains are lighter so the combine can sometimes be adjusted to remove light kernels, but distillers and brewers are particular in the quality they will accept,” he said. [Read more…]

Armyworms approaching threshold in New York counties

CE-MR-1-Armyworms1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Crop farmers across New York State are sure to remember the armyworm destruction of 2012.

In a pest report from Cornell on June 23, 2016, extension agents reported true armyworms (Pseudaletia unipuncta) on the move. In most cases reported, corn had been planted into a rye cover crop. [Read more…]