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Farm Safety Day, Part 2

CW-MR-3-Farm-Safety-Day2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Running farm machinery on main roads is hazardous. “You are not required to pull over,” reported New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Agricultural Safety Specialist, Jim Carrabba, featured speaker at Schoharie County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Day, co-sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

A head start for cover crops

CW-CM-42-2-Head-start-cover2by Sally Colby

As farmers head to the fields with corn planters, they probably aren’t thinking of the cover crop they might establish after that crop is harvested. But Bill Curran, extension weed specialist at Penn State University, says cover crops should be a consideration early in the season. [Read more…]

Coby Corner

CEW-CL-MR-2-Coby-Cornerby Gabrielle Domagala

This past month has been really busy! April 7 through April 9, 13 SUNY Cobleskill students traveled to Syracuse, NY to participate in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Contest and Academy. What is Dairy Challenge you ask? [Read more…]

Robbing the soil bank

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…]

The things you learn on a farm tour

CDM-50-3-Things-you-learn10498by Steve Wagner

Friday, April 8, was supposed to be sunny, albeit on the chilly side. Perfect for a farm tour and it was, except for a brief gate-crashing blizzard that lasted for roughly half an hour. To be fair, a reminder sent the day before cautioned Please Dress Warm. No one was caught short. That’s the first thing you learn on a farm tour — be prepared. [Read more…]