By working with the Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project this season, Chenango County has successfully recycled 4,000 pounds of plastic that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill. Since February RAPP and CCE have been encouraging farms that wish to participate to put “plastics best management practices” into action. So far only 10 farms in the county are actively participating, but others can join by following a few basic BMPs: keep plastic as clean and dry as possible, shake out pebbles and clumps of soils, and then roll or fold the plastic into pillow-sized bundles. Plastic that is going to be recycled should be stored on a pallet, out of the mud and gravel, with different colors and types separated. Continue reading
by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Nearly 70 members and guests attended the Mohawk Valley FFA’s 75th Annual Banquet, which was held on June 14 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.
Retiring Chapter President Kaitlyn Isaac, who has been recently installed as District 5 President in May, welcomed the guests and addressed her colleagues.
“2012-2013 MVFFA officer team, it was such an honor to serve as president this past year,” Isaac commented. “I can’t believe how quick the time passed but I just wanted to say I’m so glad I had all of you with me. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”
Liam Sammons and Aiden Eggleston presented the flags while the National Anthem was played.
Guests included keynote speaker New York State FFA Sentinel, Kaylin Broadwell, who spoke about her experiences with FFA, and Canajoharie FFA alumni, Bill Jones. Continue reading
by Steve Wagner
A cluster of people — the curious, the meticulous, those who were ‘just wondering’ and, of course, farmers — gathered on the edge of the field at Penn State’s Research Station in Landisville, Lancaster County PA. A PSU Extension Educator, agronomist Jeff Graybill, is preparing a test flight of a drone, one that is fashioned to look like a child’s model plane of advanced design. The mainstream news media is used to talking about much larger drone aircraft that are instrumental in political assassination or the tracking of specific persons or movements of people. But the function of this particular drone, purchased by Graybill with grant money, is to give farmers another tool with which to improve crop maintenance. From the air, photographs can zero in on specific tracts of land, even footage or inches if necessary. Graybill monitors on an iPad the images recorded by the Continue reading
by Katie Navarra
Grazing livestock have the potential to maximize or exceed their daily intake requirements ultimately leading to increased production than if fed stored forages.
“Well-managed pastures are generally higher in quality than any other forage,” Karen Hoffman, Resource Conversationalist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, said. Livestock allowed to graze consume the plant when it is in the vegetative stage of growth before it sends out a seed head.
“The plant will be lower in fiber, which means it is more easily digested by the animal, with the help of bacteria in the rumen of the animals that have one,” she added. Pastures also tend to be higher in protein and energy than other forages due to the stage of plant growth. Furthermore, Continue reading