Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]

The case of the missing corn plant(s)

CN-MR-3-MissingCornPlantby Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist

For the most part, the corn crop is off to a slow start in the Northeast and beyond. It is good to finally see fields with tidy rows of corn plants making the most of sunny days and warmer temperatures. At this time of year, it is not uncommon to get calls about missing corn plants. If you have missing plants or an uneven stand, investigating the matter sooner than later will increase the likelihood that you will find useful indicators of the cause of the problem. [Read more…]

Junior National Hereford Expo comes to the east

CN-MR-2-JNHE preshow2064by Sally Colby

While many American families are preparing for Fourth of July activities, others will be on the road, traveling to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, for the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). The show will be held July 5 – 12.

Amy Cowan, director of youth activities, says the show will bring 1,240 cattle, 1,530 entries and 610 exhibitors from 34 states.

“This is the furthest east the show has ever been,” said Cowan. “We’re excited to have it in Pennsylvania.” [Read more…]

Three-generation family farm thrives in Maine’s dairy center

CN-MR-2-ThreeGenby Sally Colby

When Jenni Tilton-Flood talks about Flood Brothers Farm, she prefers to leave numbers out of the conversation.

“There’s a lot of variation in herd size within the state,” said Jenni, who wasn’t a farmer until she married Dana Flood. “We’re very proud of our approach. We’ve always felt that if we provide everything the cows need, we can make outstanding milkers out of them.” [Read more…]