Canola meal in dairy cow diets: A new perspective

by Tamara Scully

With “millions of metric tons” of canola meal going into the dairy industry, there must be some value to the product. Farmers, by observation, have for years claimed that canola meal is a good source of protein, and readily replaces soy in the dairy cow diet, according to Dr. Essi Evans, of Technical Advisory Services, Inc, in a presentation at the recent 2015 Cornell Nutrition Conference. [Read more…]

Preparing houses for healthy vegetable crops

CW-MR-1-Preparing-houses1by Sally Colby

Growers who use greenhouses or tunnels strive to keep crops in them for as much of the year as possible. Whether a greenhouse is used for a continuous cropping cycle or to extend the season, sanitation is critical to minimizing disease and ensuring a healthy crop.

Steve Bogash, Penn State University horticulture educator, says managing weeds is an important first step when it comes to sanitizing houses and materials associated with growing between crops. [Read more…]

Birch: the other sap

CEW-MR-Birch21by Tamara Scully

In Alaska and Canada birch trees have been tapped for sap for centuries. In New England, maple syrup has been the prime product, although birch trees are also prevalent in many parts of the region.

For Bucky Shelton, a partner in Vermont Birch Syrup Company and long-time maple syrup producer, birch trees have become more than just another tree in the sugarbush. They’ve become a food crop, providing sap which is ultimately transformed into a versatile cooking syrup. [Read more…]

Dairymaster’s Latest Innovation Launched at World Dairy Expo

Dairymaster-Swiftflo-Commander-31As herds are getting larger there is less time for individual cow attention – during milking having access to the right information at the right time is essential. The Swiftflo Commander, the new brain of the milking parlor, controlling everything to do with milking, feeding and animal health has arrived! The launch at World Dairy Expo created great excitement especially after having won 2 major awards at the leading agricultural show in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships. It offers a new level of intelligence that takes command of each milking unit within the parlor. [Read more…]

Planning begins with soil health

CEW-MR-2-Soil-health11by Tamara Scully

The USDA joined other global partners in celebrating 2015 as the International Year of the Soil. This initiative is meant to underscore the importance of soil as a living “ingredient” which is literally the building block of our lives.

Assessing your soils now, and amending them this fall, can provide the foundation for a healthy 2016 growing season. [Read more…]