Plow Match and Obstacle Competition

CN-MR-16-3-The-Eastern-CT11by George Looby DVM

The Eastern CT Draft Horse Association held its Annual Plow Match and Obstacle Competition on April 23, 2016 at the UConn Lee Farm in Coventry, CT. The plowing judge was Wes Hopkins and the Obstacle judge was Gene Swistowich.

During the plowing competition each teamster was assigned a plot to plow of equal size. The scores achieved were based on several factors including if the plowing was done without help, the straightness of the furrows, the ends or headlands, and how well the cover crop was covered. [Read more…]

Sprouted grains for grazing dairies

CW-MR-1-Sprouted-gr1ains1by Tamara Scully

Sprouted grains have become a “very controversial” and a “very hot topic” in dairy grazing, Dr. Kathy Soder, Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, said in the recent eORganic webinar “Evaluating Sprouted Grains on Grazing Dairy Farms.”

“You’re taking a grain, and you’re sprouting it.” [Read more…]

Mitigating the effects of a hard spring at The Big Apple

CN-39-4-Mitigating-the4by Kristen M. Castrataro

About 70 people gathered at The Big Apple in Wrentham, MA on April 20, 2016 for a joint Twilight Meeting of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Fruit Growers Associations. Growers and Extension professionals from both states participated in a wagon ride and walking tour of the orchards followed by dinner and presentations by Extension Educators from both states. [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…]