FFA and Vo-Ag’s year-end festivities

CN-MR-1-Miss Agby Lorraine Strenkowski

Lebanon Regional Agricultural Science & Technology Center, located at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, CT, finished up their year in style. First, came the “Miss Ag” Competition, in which five lovely candidates competed for the title. Each lady had to compete in four categories: their own introduction, an explanation of their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), their talent and an answer to an individual question. [Read more…]

For better or for worse

CN-MR-2-ForBetter1by Laura Rodley

The relationship between a teenage girl and her horse is like a marriage — for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Abby Milewski of Gill, MA was 11 years old when she first met a tall, liver-colored Appaloosa named Rex at the Pony Pals 4-H Club. It was love at first sight.

She schooled him from being a backyard horse, never having competed gymkhanas. Together, they learned what it took to train and show a willing and happy show competitor.  She went on to buy him and a further half year of joy showing him at shows such as the Franklin County 4-H Horse Show, co-chaired by Kristie Tognarelli and Barbara Baldwin on Saturday, June 28. Milewski is now 14, and Rex is 19. [Read more…]

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…]