Soil health and emerging disease management stressed at NY CCE 2016 Corn Day

CEW-MR-1-Corn-Day11by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

A projected 2016 forecast for lower net farm income resulting from a fall in crop cash receipts is cause for farmers to become more aware of ways to offset declines in farm revenues through vigilance in the field. Field corn is reportedly New York’s highest net-value crop, estimated to occupy over a million acres statewide, and a full house at CNY CCE’s 2016 Corn Day testified to the level of interest crop farmers have in learning of ways to protect and better corn crops. [Read more…]

Coby Corner: Dairy Herd Management Seminar

CEW-MR-CL-2-Coby-Corner-1cDairy Herd Management Seminar II is the second part to the 2-part class that was first created last semester. This class gets students involved through practical situations of analysis of dairy farms in order to achieve the most optimum management possible. This all happens right there, on the farm! We work with the farm owners and their management in order to receive as much information as possible on their operation. Here, we conduct our analysis, including a SWOT analysis. This was discussed in one of my previous articles, including the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the business. [Read more…]

Making Hay: Best Practices from seeding to cutting ~ Part 1

by Tamara Scully

Making quality forage means growing a quality crop, harvesting the crop at its optimal level of energy, minimizing the loss of that energy, preventing spoilage, and reducing feeding loss. While the process involves a lot of variables, getting it done right is worth it. High quality hay, haylage or baleage not only provides better nutrition, it saves money. Getting the most from your forages requires attention to detail, and proper selection, care and handling, from seed to feed.

“Forages are the basis of the dairy and the beef industry,” Dr. Daniel Undersander, University of Wisconsin Forage Agronomist, said. “You cannot make up for low quality forage.” [Read more…]

Milk marketing

CM-MR-1-Milk-marketing1by Tamara Scully

Commodity milk pays the bills – or is supposed to pay the bills – on most dairy farms today. Selling milk from the bulk tank to the dairy processors is how most milk and milk products travel from the farm to the consumer. Raw milk, on-farm pasteurization and direct fluid milk sales, or production of farmstead cheese, yogurt and ice cream, sold directly from the farm, is a rarer breed. [Read more…]

The new normal

CEW-MR-2-The-new-normal2by Steve Wagner

Ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was once asked a hypothetical question by a member of the media, and answered, “I don’t do hypotheticals!” But as hypotheticals go, some are necessary. Penn-Ag’s Executive Vice President Chris Herr rightly noted in discussing steps being taken to cope with High Pathogenic Avian Influenza, “what you’re seeing is the new normal.” Jennifer Reed-Harry, speaking at an earlier seminar on emergency preparedness, said because HPAI has not been identified yet in Pennsylvania, we are theoretically on emergency stand-by. [Read more…]