Recently the Chautauqua County dairy community passed their promotional torch yet again, as 2015-2016 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, Madison Woodis, of Dewittville, NY crowned a new Dairy Princess, Joyce Wiltsie of Frewsburg, NY. This event was held at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, and was attended by a small crowd of the local dairy industry’s distinguished representatives. The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Pageant is an annual event, held in conjunction with the national June Dairy Month celebrations. [Read more…]
Jonas and Judy Stoltzfus’ 70-acre central Pennsylvania farm included enough acreage for beef cattle, so they decided to purchase some Angus x Charolais heifers to feed out. Several of those heifers were pregnant, and one turned out to be an exceptional producer that produced winning calves for their children’s 4-H projects.
A neighbor told them about the Limousin breed, and Jonas was impressed with the overall appearance of their herd bull. [Read more…]
NYCAMH will be hosting a grain bin safety and rescue-training unit at the Health and Safety tent located at the corner of East Pencil Pusher and Sunrise Blvd. The unit is provided by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located in Peosta, Iowa. NECAS Director Dan Neenan will be offering 20-minute educational presentations throughout each day of Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, and providing firefighters and emergency rescue personnel with a free four-hour, hands-on training opportunity after the show closes on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10. [Read more…]
New York State was host to the 2016 National Holstein Convention, which took place at the Saratoga Hilton and the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, June 27 –July 1st.
Over 1,300 young folks and adults from all over the United States attended the convention, which included a premium Holstein sale. [Read more…]
Flaxseed is an oilseed rich in fat, making it an energy source for livestock. When flaxseed is fed as a supplement to forage grazing, it can boost Omega-3 fatty acids in milk.
A two-year study by Cargill reported that 98 percent of consumers understand what Omega-3 fatty acids are and they will pay more and choose Omega-3 products over others. Omega-3s provide health benefits to cattle, too. [Read more…]
Food service distributors, nutrition educators, culinary instructors, dietitians and other representatives from retail food and restaurant industries joined groups across New York State to attend 2016 Farm to Fork tours, hosted by the New York Beef Industry Council.
Attendees met with dedicated farm owners, touring beef farms and learning how cattle are cared for, from in utero through harvesting. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Small grains crops have reached the middle of the growing season and it’s time to plan fungicide applications. “Head blight is such an important disease to control,” said Aaron Gabriel, Sr. Extension Resource Educator in agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension.
If the spores of the Fusarium head blight fungus germinate in the developing grain, the seed becomes shriveled and infected with the fungus. “Affected grains are lighter so the combine can sometimes be adjusted to remove light kernels, but distillers and brewers are particular in the quality they will accept,” he said. [Read more…]
Crop farmers across New York State are sure to remember the armyworm destruction of 2012.
In a pest report from Cornell on June 23, 2016, extension agents reported true armyworms (Pseudaletia unipuncta) on the move. In most cases reported, corn had been planted into a rye cover crop. [Read more…]