2019 Farm Field Day held at Musgrave Research Farm, part 2

2019-08-23T10:58:51-05:00August 23, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award recipient Mike Hunter spoke to attendees about weed control in soybeans, with an emphasis on identifying and controlling herbicide-resistant weeds. “We’ve got to start spraying, really, by numbers now,” Hunter advised, explaining studies show some weeds with resistance to multiple sites of action. “We have a lot of glyphosate-resistant and ALS-resistant marestail in New York State, and that’s been difficult to deal with and it’s changed a lot of how we deal with soybeans and soybean weed controls.” (more…)

Facility design for special cows

2019-08-23T10:54:52-05:00July 29, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Facilities for special cows – cows in transition – should be nothing short of careful planning and consideration of herd goals.

John Tyson, Penn State ag engineer, said spikes in calving numbers throughout the year can easily overwhelm a facility. Tyson referenced a study that showed 65% of 170 herds in the Northeast were overcrowded by at least 25% for at least two months, and 4% of those herds overcrowded by 35%. “Transition calving areas need to have some flexibility designed into them to allow for hiccups in management or uniformity that are going to happen on every farm out there,” he said. (more…)

New labor bill could plow farmers under

2019-07-23T13:44:21-05:00July 23, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Senator James L. Seward

Earlier this year the New York City-centric senate leadership, for political reasons, blocked Amazon and 25,000 jobs from coming to our state. Now, in the closing hours of the 2019 legislative session, the same group of “leaders” are killing off existing jobs by targeting our state’s number one industry – agriculture. (more…)

Backgrounding cattle

2019-07-23T13:45:14-05:00July 23, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

people meetingby Katie Navarra

Nick Tommell and his family are savvy businesspeople who have implemented the practices of Kansas feedlots to maximize profits on tight margins on their Berne, NY, farm. The family’s CN Tommell Cattle Company, LLC buys and aggregates pastured beef cattle from farms and sale facilities across the Northeast and bring them home to be “backgrounded” and put through a custom feeding and health preconditioning program before sending them to Kansas to be finished at 1,200 to 1,400 pounds for specific markets. Thus, it was only fitting that the family’s farm hosted Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Backgrounding Beef Cattle workshop on June 13, 2019. (more…)

Weed management in organic systems

2019-08-20T10:39:49-05:00July 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Organic growers list weed management as their top production challenge, but having a plan and planning ahead can help. Sam Hitchcock Tilton, horticulture instructor of Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin, advises growers to look at the big picture and manage weeds at each stage of growth throughout the season. (more…)

“Shortsighted” and “disappointing”

2019-07-22T10:17:08-05:00July 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

State Representative Martin Causer is visibly upset, the result of Governor Tom Wolf vetoing the Cameron/McKean/Potter County Republican’s bill, House Bill 915. The chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee sponsored the bill to exempt milk trucks from weather-related commercial travel bans. Passage of the bill would have ensured farmers could get their milk to market regardless of weather. Causer’s office says that if farmers cannot transport their milk, they have no choice but to dump it. (more…)

Every cow is special – Part two: Grouping special cows

2019-07-22T10:28:28-05:00July 22, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Although every cow on the farm is special, certain groups of animals require extra care and attention at various times throughout the year.

Special cows, whether they’re transition cows or part of a group separated for pregnancy checks or hoof health, will have to be moved at least once. (more…)

Tiny seeds, big weed problems

2019-07-23T13:43:15-05:00July 16, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Farmers are adopting a new twist on no-till – they’re planting green. The concept involves planting a cash crop into a cover crop prior to spraying or rolling the cover crop down, resulting in an overlap of the life cycles of two crops. The system begins in autumn with a carefully planned cover crop, so now is the time to begin planning for planting green. (more…)