Springfield, NY celebrates 100th, 4th of July Parade and festivities

CE-MR-3-Springfield Parade2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Springfield, NY, a small town where the population is just over 1,300, where agriculture is showcased and family is still priority, has plenty of reasons to celebrate — and this 4th of July gave them one more reason!

“The Town of Springfield held its 100th Anniversary Parade and Celebration for Independence Day on Friday, July 4th,” said Deb Miller, parade committee chairwoman.

Miller said Springfield “hosted a crowd of thousands for this event while remaining true to tradition.” [Read more…]

Purposeful pasture pruning

CEW-MR-1-Purposeful pastureby Troy Bishopp

On June 9, 2010 my friend, grazing customer, mentor and fiercely independent farmer, David Huse tragically died when his tractor and mower were hit by a car on his way to help a neighbor.

At his funeral I recollect writing this passage: “A large, skylight provided a mottled scene over my friend’s casket, as I sat in the pew at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church in Cobleskill clutching a little farmscape card with the 23rd Psalm on it. I heard and felt the words from the pastor and David’s brothers, all the while looking up at the view of the sky in an attempt to hold in all the emotion I was feeling. It was during the singing of Amazing Grace that I noticed the portal filled with sun, shining through a crystal clear blue sky. My eyes and heart couldn’t hold back the flood.” [Read more…]

2014- 2015 Officers installed at Mohawk Valley FFA Banquet

CE-MR-3-MV FFA1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

State officers of the NYS FFA and officers from the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA Chapter joined the Mohawk Valley FFA Chapter for the 76th Mohawk Valley FFA Annual Banquet and award ceremony on June 20 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.

In addition to awarding Discovery Degrees, Greenhand Degrees and Chapter Degrees, NY FFA 2014-2015 State Reporter Kait Isaac, who is also a Mohawk Valley member, reported on the Career Development Event (CDE) and competition, which took place in May at the NYS FFA Convention. [Read more…]

Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]

Bird’s Hollow Beef: Animal Welfare Approved

CEW-MR-1-Birds Hollow7by Tamara Scully

Having animals that are naturally adapted to pasture, and grow well on a 100 percent grassfed diet, is of prime importance to Bird’s Hollow Beef producers Candice and David Eldredge. They’ve selected purebred Whiteface Herefords, crossed with purebred Black Angus bulls. The resulting calves are known as Black Baldies. Both breeds are hardy, suitable for pasture, and good finishers on grass. They also raise some pure Whiteface Hereford calves. [Read more…]