As the fall hastens and the outerwear protects you against the elements, your land is also in need of a comfy soil quilt to safeguard its organic matter and microbe family. Dr. Vandana Shiva, said, “In traditional agriculture, the soil is the mother. She’s the mother who gives, to whom you must give back.” Science has proven this “giving back” recipe for healthy soils includes covering the soil for winter with a cover crop blanket. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“What we do today, impacts what we’ll have tomorrow,” Glen Brunkow, a farmer who narrates the recently released video from the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), says in the clip. “Technology plays a huge part in sustainability.”
The animated video, aimed at introducing consumers to the benefits of today’s agriculture via a brief cartoon, talks about global positioning systems (GPS), technology to track livestock activity, irrigation improvements to help conserve water, and the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. [Read more…]
A crowd of farmers took time from busy fall harvest schedules to attend a manure field day in Washington County, Maryland, and they weren’t disappointed. Retired dairy extension agent Stan Fultz opened the day with an introduction to the featured topic — manure injection.
“Many of you have been incorporating manure,” said Fultz. [Read more…]
Since its inception in 1980 as a small gathering for sheep breeders, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival has swelled to accommodate hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 visitors from all over the world. Today, NY Sheep and Wool is one of the largest wool-related festivals in the Eastern U.S. The event, presented by the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association, was held Oct. 15 through 16 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. [Read more…]
Farm Credit East is a major source of financing and support services to the agricultural community in the northeast. Many in the dairy industry rely on its services as a source of both long and short term financing to insure that their operations are as financially efficient as market conditions allow. It will come as no surprise to anyone that dairy farming has ridden the waves of market turmoil for many years. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
According to the results of the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, weed control was rated as a top concern of 67 percent of the certified organic farmers in the United States. The primary concern, cited by 74 percent, was soil health, quality and nutrient management.
Optimizing the soil ecosystem helps to manage weeds: the two are implicitly linked. [Read more…]
ALBANY, NY — On October 22, 2016 people from all walks of life gathered together to learn about and discuss the now legalized cultivation of hemp in New York State. The informational meeting was sponsored by the New York Hemp Industries Association (NYHIA) in order for interested parties to learn more about the New York Hemp Pilot Program. [Read more…]
Stanton’s Feura Farm, Feura Bush, NY, hosted CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program’s Cover Crops Demonstration: Not What Grandpa Used to Grow! on Oct. 13.
Featured speakers included Northeast Soil Health Specialist Dr. Paul Salon and Research Agronomist/ Cover Crop Specialist Dave Wilson. [Read more…]