Filth flies and cattle

by Tamara Scully

The four major types of filth flies important to livestock agriculture are the house, face, stable and horn flies. Because they are found in environments with manure or manure residues, livestock operations are preferred environments for filth flies. But each type of fly has specific environments conducive to supporting their life cycles, and control must be targeted to each species. [Read more…]

Good soil fertility means good crops

CW-MR-2-Good-soil-fertility659by Steve Wagner

“The physical characteristics of soil and the biological characteristics are every bit as important as fertility.” This was expressed by Soils Agronomist Mark Kopecky of the CROPP Cooperative during the first day of a two-day agronomy school at the Bird-in Hand Family Inn in Lancaster County Pennsylvania this summer. [Read more…]

Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]

4-H celebrates end of fair with Herdsman Award Ceremony

CW-MR-1-4H-celebratesby Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator

DUNKIRK, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development program celebrates the closing of each county fair with the Herdsman Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding youth. This year the ceremony was held on Saturday, July 30 at the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. [Read more…]

Don’t let your guard down

CE-MN-MR-47-1-Open-manure1601by Sally Colby

A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]