Building clean water

2021-09-28T10:00:36-05:00September 28, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

Savvy farmers in early civilizations managed cropland drainage for higher yields. Over the years, farmers experimented with a variety of drainage methods, including clay pipes that were widely used until the 1970s. But no matter what the year or design, the goal was the same: to keep excess water away from roots. (more…)

Animal health and the big picture at Ag Outlook Forum

2021-09-28T09:59:44-05:00September 28, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

The annual Ag Outlook Forum is promoted as a first chance to get a comprehensive preview of what lies ahead from leading experts in agriculture. Presented by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, this year’s hybrid event featured lectures and discussions from such varied sectors as animal health, sustainability, livestock, soybeans and economics, as well as an address from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. (more…)

Road safety during harvest

2021-09-28T10:02:57-05:00September 14, 2021|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Sally Colby

At harvest time, equipment operators have a responsibility to ensure safety for themselves and others who are using the roads. There’s a good chance many motorists who encounter tractors, trucks and harvest equipment don’t understand what it’s like behind the wheel of a tractor or other farm vehicle. Those farming in or passing through heavily populated areas should be aware that some motorists may not have driven around farm equipment and are unsure what to do. (more…)

Writing copy that converts

2021-09-28T10:02:13-05:00September 14, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

When COVID-19 shut down the world, many businesses selling directly to customers, including those in agriculture, pivoted to selling online, even those that had not done so before. Many businesses have continued online sales in addition to those at their reopened brick-and-mortar salespoints. To help businesses offer better copy on their websites, Amanda Basse presented “How to Write Product Descriptions that Convert” as a recent webinar hosted by the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center. (more…)

Horse Tales: Lyme Disease!

2021-09-14T11:10:16-05:00September 14, 2021|Mid Atlantic|

It’s been a busy summer, and weather-wise not the best. We had lots of hot, humid weather followed by what was considered the rainiest July ever – at least that’s what my hay supplier stated when he brought the last of our winter’s supply of hay and finished filling the barn over the weekend. We’re usually finished filling our barn much earlier in the summer but with all the rain it’s made making good hay very difficult. (more…)

Figuring out the digital transformation puzzle

2021-09-14T11:11:42-05:00September 14, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

As a co-owner of a family farm operating in Illinois for nearly 150 years, Martha King is very aware of how profound technological advancements can change farm operations. “Obviously,” she said, “our farm has seen extraordinary changes over the past century and a half.” (more…)