Dangerous manure moves to a higher level

C4-MR-3-MANUREDEMO1by Steve Wagner

“If you drop your monkey wrench, you could bend down to pick it up, and be in a dangerous place.” With that statement, Rob Meinen, senior extension associate at Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, essentially described the tone of the seminar this day at Pleasant View Dairy Farms LLC in Pine Grove, PA. Looking at a soon-to-be-filled lagoon surrounded by cyclone fencing, he further cautioned heightened awareness to match an increasing threat. “We need to be aware that an outdoor storage like this should be considered a confined space. Confined spaces are not designed for normal worker occupancy.” [Read more…]

Low-key approach paves the way for Luckman Farms’ Supreme Female Champion

CEW-MR-4-Supreme female1by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — Lizzy Luckman of Lucky Lane Farm in western New York knows what it takes to show beef cattle, but it doesn’t mean she is overconfident.

“I didn’t expect to win this show,” Luckman commented after the judges at the New York State Fair bestowed the Supreme Champion Beef Female title on her homebred heifer Lucky Lane Eloise on Aug. 26. [Read more…]

What does the price crystal ball say?

CNM-MR-1-Crystal Ball396by Katie Navarra

If pricing were as simple as looking into a crystal ball farmers could rest easy knowing they were selling their crops at a price that is sustainable for the farm and what the market could bear.

“Small and mid-size producers are often shooting from their hip (when setting prices),” said Bob Weybright, Business Agricultural Economic Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. [Read more…]

Cross-country couple

CW-MR-3-Moosman394by Kelly Gallagher

Anyone who has spent time on a ranch knows that working on one is very labor-intensive. But for Clint and Debbie Moosman, it is truly a labor of love.

Clint is originally from Idaho — traditional ranching country — but the ranch he and Debbie run today is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, an area far more well known for grape growing than cattle raising. To those unfamiliar with either industry, the type of cattle the Moosmans raise — Charolais — just might sound like a type of wine. [Read more…]

Catch the soil health bug

CEW-MR-2-Catch the soil1by Troy Bishopp

I’ve succumb to the soil health bug. How do I know? Well, on a recent kayak adventure in the Adirondacks, I laid awake at night listening to the unencumbered, deafening raindrops hit our tent and envisioned the uncovered soil getting pounded as the chocolate water carried the next generation’s livelihood off the land in which it was born.

My perspective heightens as I look into the eyes of my new granddaughter, Hadley. It reaffirmed for me the importance of holding on to her soil from the elements with sod. After all our farm sign says, “Grazing takes care of our roots”. [Read more…]