A head start for cover crops

CW-CM-42-2-Head-start-cover2by Sally Colby

As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]

Can modified tillage help our climate?

CM-CN-MR-Modified-tillage1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Does the way you till your land impact our climate?

According to Dr. Robert L. Thompson, visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the answer is, “Yes!” [Read more…]

Automatic Dairy Farming: Part 1

CE-MR-1-Automatic-dairy-pt1229by Tamara Scully

While dairymen traditionally have been tied to the farm to feed and milk the animals at regular intervals, the newest technology allows dairy farmers some escape from the clock. A recent workshop on dairy automation demonstrated that dairy farming has gone hi-tech. [Read more…]

Fresh air swine

CM-MR-1-Fresh-Air-Swi1neby Tamara Scully

Hog operations aren’t normally associated with fresh, outdoor air. The industrial swine industry has had its share of critics, due to air quality and water pollution issues, as well as welfare issues concerning the raising of livestock in enclosed, close quarters, the use of farrowing pens and more. [Read more…]

The things you learn on a farm tour

CDM-50-3-Things-you-learn10498by Steve Wagner

Friday, April 8, was supposed to be sunny, albeit on the chilly side. Perfect for a farm tour and it was, except for a brief gate-crashing blizzard that lasted for roughly half an hour. To be fair, a reminder sent the day before cautioned Please Dress Warm. No one was caught short. That’s the first thing you learn on a farm tour — be prepared. [Read more…]