With the increased focus, over the past several years, on growing crops for the bioenergy sector, producers who opted to pursue this market may now be seeing crops, such as perennial grasses or woody crops, reach full maturity. But they may have yet to develop a reliable, stable market for these crops. Perennial grasses and woody biomass crops such as shrub willow, poplar or eucalyptus take several years to establish, and may require specific equipment for harvesting, leaving a farmer with a negative return on their investment if he hasn’t developed a viable market. Continue reading
Mohawk Valley Grazers Group met at Scott and Kathie Ryan’s Honorone Farm near Ames, NY, for a pasture walk and workshop sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk RC&D Council, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, with funding from the New York Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative.
Speakers at the event included CCE Regional Field Crops Specialist Kevin Ganoe, CCE Regional Dairy Specialist David Balbian and USDA-NRCS Tom Bielli.
The ability to maintain adequate recovery times for plants was addressed by Ganoe. “Pasture can provide high quality feed for dairy cattle if managed well,” he said. Continue reading
CNY Farm Progress Show took place Sept. 10 and 11 at Len-Lo Farm, Robinson Road, Mohawk (Leonard Gilbert Family). The Central New York Farm Progress Show provides an essential service to the agricultural community. The Central New York Farm Progress show is put on by the Farm Show Committee, a group of hardworking volunteers. The CNY Farm Progress Show is a non-profit organization; any excess funds generated by the show are used to fund youth scholarships and educational programs that will foster learning and involvement in the agricultural community. The show featured about 120 exhibitors ranging from agriculture products and services to equipment and machinery. Attendance averaged about 8,000 – 10,000 people. Activities included an antique tractor show, most attractive display, presentation of Herkimer County Dairy of Distinction Award, and much more. Continue reading
Dr. Darwin Braund, the proud owner of a beautiful pair of Jersey oxen, created a fascinating demonstration at Ag Progress Days on why, after draft horses were imported to America, they quickly replaced oxen in use for heavy work.
The oxen were no match for the speed and strength of a team of Percheron draft horses owned by Dave Rohrbach of Bee Tree Percherons. The oxen had a top speed of 3 miles per hour, and considerably less pulling power. To add insult to injury, Dr. Braund had to walk beside his team of oxen while they hauled a log, while Rohrbach’s horses not only pulled the log, but also Rohrbach, who rode comfortably on a forecart behind them. Braun did point out, however, that all the walking tended to keep owners of oxen in better shape. Continue reading