Five students representing Penn State’s Department of Animal Science participated in the 14th Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge hosted by SUNY Cobleskill at Glens Falls, NY on Nov. 3-5. [Read more…]
by Sally Colby
Dairy farmers typically plant designated acreage in corn for silage each year, with seed selection based on variety of factors. This past year’s drought conditions may entice some farmers to select more drought-tolerant varieties, and may also encourage them to think beyond what they’ve traditionally planted.
Ev Thomas, of Oak Point Agronomics, says drought-tolerant hybrids have been developed by several seed companies including DeKalb, Monsanto and Pioneer. “These are specifically developed for drought conditions,” said Thomas. [Read more…]
The PA Farm Bureau’s Bill Zeiders is not that long out of Lebanon Valley College and he is now Director of Digital Media and Marketing at PFB. What he zeroed in on at the 66th PFB annual meeting was social media and specifically Facebook and the tools available to help people leverage their network and maximize their reach. [Read more…]
Brad and Brooke Biehl, and their young children joined his family’s dairy operation and found a way of making it viable for the next generation. The farm consists of 230 acres, with 120 milking, 125 young stock and 25 dry cows in the herd. Biehl, an engineer who has a natural affinity for technology, joined the dairy full-time in 2014, and forged a partnership with AMS Galaxy USA. [Read more…]
Phosphorus (P), life enhancing and necessary for healthy plant growth and for bone strength in animals and people. It is added to animal feeds to help them grow and added to soil in fertilizers to help plants grow. When fields are spread with manure, more P comes along with it. It also can flow into abutting streams and waterways. [Read more…]