Manure management system evaluation

CEWN-MR-2-Manure1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Livestock manure used to be considered waste. Today, landowners have many choices for handling manure using traditional waste storage structures, on-farm manure application and innovative manure management and treatment systems. The manure management needs and local regulations are unique to every farm. [Read more…]

Postharvest produce: storage wars

CEW-MR-1-Postharvest produceby Tamara Scully

Keeping produce fresh may be more challenging than growing it. Without proper storage, even the most fruitful harvest is going to be a bust. From high-tech refrigeration units and monitors to basic root cellars, successful storage depends on keeping produce fresh and healthy, and is the key to maximizing profits. [Read more…]

Stoughton Farm – more bang for the buck

CE-MR-3-Stoughton Farm2by Al Dorantes

This time of year pumpkins are everywhere. If you are sick of seeing the orange globes there is a place for you. Stoughton Farm located in Newark Valley, NY, has a Pumpkin Blaster and you can launch pumpkins out of the howitzer-like compressed-air cannon until your heart is content.

Stoughton Farm is a greenhouse, roadside farm market, and corn maze owned by Tim and Deb Stoughton. The farm has been in the family since 1913 and is on its 4th generation. Stoughton Farm grows and sells 10 greenhouses of annuals and perennials. Farm grown produce includes fresh greens, peas, beans sweet corn, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, peppers, potatoes, Indian corn, winter squash, pumpkins and more. Stoughton Farm also has two large high tunnels that allow Fall Raspberry u-picking, rain or shine. In the fall Mums, asters, apples, cider, kettle corn and fudge are a few of the other fall favorites. Tim Stoughton said, “We grow what we can. Take care of it the best we know.” [Read more…]

Dairy and Beef Market Roundup as of October 2014 Beef surges, Butter slides

CEWN-MR-1-Market roundup graphby Sherry Bunting

It is fall roundup time, and cattle feeders are paying ever-higher prices for placements in the face of a bumper crop of corn, coupled with the smallest calf crop coming to market in at least five decades.

As of July 1, the U.S. All Cattle and Calf Inventory (beef and dairy) was 95 million head — down 3 percent from last year and the lowest since 1973. There were fewer cattle of all classes, except a 1 percent increase in milk cow numbers. [Read more…]

Using crop technology in 2015

by Sally Colby

Farmers are presented with an ever-increasing array of technology aimed at making them better at what they already do. Those who choose to incorporate technology in the field can expect better yields and profits.

“Crop technology hinges on GPS,” said Dr. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “It’s the driver of everything we do in precision ag.” Nielsen says equipment control, monitoring of equipment, spatial data and GIS software to manage the spatial data are also important components. [Read more…]