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…]
New England Farm Weekly
by Paris Reidhead
Recently, I ran into a farmer named Pat at a farm supply dealership I work with. Pat was going over soil test results with the co-owner. He wanted a fertilizer and weed control recommendation for a 3-acre field of pumpkins. Upon examining the soil test results, Buddy wanted to avoid custom blending (which they don’t do themselves), and proposed a standard formulation. Thus he recommended 300 pounds per acre of 19-19-19. I asked Pat if I could look at the soil test results. He said yes. I saw the 1.9 percent organic matter and asked him what had caused this problem.
Pat said the previous cropman had rented the field, planting only corn the last five years, with no manure or cover crop — just commercial fertilizer and herbicide. [Read more…]
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…]
When farms have an irrigation system in place for crops, they can often use the same system for distributing liquid manure. Manure application via an irrigation system result in less time on the road, rapid uptake of nutrients by crops, and less risk of runoff and groundwater contamination. Manure distribution through irrigation also helps reduce volume in storage facilities when levels are close to the top. [Read more…]
In late winter of each year dairyman in the six New England States are treated to an update on the latest trends in dairying presented by one or more leaders in the field. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Gabriella A. Varga, Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State University with Dr. Sheila Andrew of the Dept. of Animal Science at UConn acting as moderator. [Read more…]
Not every horse owner can or wants to keep a horse on their property. For them, a boarding facility may be the next best option.
Boarding barns vary widely as far as what they offer their clients, but the number one consideration for most potential boarders is cost. As you visit different barns, keep in mind that cost doesn’t always reflect the level of care. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
If you grow corn, soy, or small grains, you may want to rethink your rotations. No matter if you no-till or low-till, or use manure or inorganic fertilizers, you soil health is probably lacking. A focus on living soils is regaining renewed traction with dust storms in the Midwest, drought in the West, and hypoxia from runoff causing dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is a contributor, and decreasing the impact from our farms is imperative. [Read more…]
Four generations of Rose’s have been lured to Red Apple Farm, drawn by the beauty of its apple orchard, the freshness of its air, the promise of earning a living working outside and having a great place to raise their families. Luring others to experience the same beauty, and satisfying thrill of picking crisp apples by inviting them as customers to their farm keeps their farm vital. [Read more…]