Using crop technology in 2015

by Sally Colby

Farmers are presented with an ever-increasing array of technology aimed at making them better at what they already do. Those who choose to incorporate technology in the field can expect better yields and profits.

“Crop technology hinges on GPS,” said Dr. Robert Nielsen, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “It’s the driver of everything we do in precision ag.” Nielsen says equipment control, monitoring of equipment, spatial data and GIS software to manage the spatial data are also important components. [Read more…]

NY Farm Bureau speaks out against new EPA proposed rule ~ Deadline extended

CEW-MR-1-EPA proposed ruleby Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“It’s time to ditch the rule!” said New York Farm Bureau State Associate Director of Public Policy and National Affairs, Elizabeth Wolters, who spoke at an annual October Farm Bureau meeting.

Wolters joined NYFB District 8 Director Dean Casey to inform attendees about updates on important issues concerning farmers across the state. Standing out among those issues was the proposed regulation by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expanding its regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to include the power to dictate use of land decisions and farming practices, in or near puddles, ponds, ditches, isolated wetlands and land that floods during heavy rain — but is normally dry. The rule would cause more difficulties to farmers who need to change farming operations to remain profitable. [Read more…]

New York farmers drive need for milk donations

CW-DY-2-NY FarmersSponsored by dairy farmers, through American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., the most-highly anticipated annual Butter Sculpture at the 2014 The Great New York State Fair helped drive the need for milk donations to food banks. That solid message of the dire need by food banks for milk donations was visible to the 965,147 fairgoers, and to the nation through traditional and social media coverage. [Read more…]

Crawford County ram, Ohio ewe win Junior Show Supremes at the Keystone International Livestock Expos

CW-TM-2-Crawford County 1cHarrisburg, PA — Derek Wilson of Titusville, Crawford County, PA, exhibited the Southdown named Supreme Champion Ram, while Travis Johnson of Minerva, Ohio, led the Border Leicester named Supreme Champion Ewe during the Junior Breeding Sheep Show, on Sunday, Oct. 5, during the 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show and Expo Center.

Wilson and Johnson were each presented with a $200 check sponsored by EMM Sales & Service Inc., Brownstown, Lancaster County. [Read more…]

Spring Flight Farm

CW-MR-1-Spring Flight2814by Sally Colby

John and Jacqueline Chotkowski, of Spring Flight Farm in Elmira, NY, have plenty to do with a herd of 160 to 180 cattle, but recently took time to exhibit some of their best Highland Cattle at the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE) in Harrisburg, PA.

The Spring Flight herd includes both purebred Highland and purebred Angus. “We use a Highland bull on our Angus cows,” said Jacqueline, who is past president of the American Highland Cattle Association. “Angus are brood cattle — they’re used to being with people. Our Angus cattle see us every day so they aren’t wild.” Jacqueline noted that because the gene for horns is recessive, nearly all of the crossbred calves are polled. “We also get hybrid vigor,” she said. “We have faster meat production but not so fast that we’re taking animals at 12 or 14 months.” [Read more…]