In recent years cover crops have gained in popularity. Cover crops improve nutrient cycling in the soil, improve water infiltration, attract pollinators and aid erosion control and weed management. However, organic producers have limited options for terminating these crops once they are established. Herbicides are not an option. Producers following no-till practices often find that mowing is marginally successful in terminating some cover crops. [Read more…]
“I want you to think about what the goals are of your calf management program,” said CNY Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian.
Balbian was addressing a group of mostly dairy folk in the Norwich session of a two-day Calf Management workshop hosted by CCE. [Read more…]
EAST SYRACUSE, NY — Ideally, every dam would safely deliver their calves with ease, but just as with other facets of farming, calving often involves complications. Most farmers don’t have immediate accessibility to veterinarians. That’s where planning helps save cows and money, according to Harry Momont, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin. [Read more…]
New York Farm Bureau kicks off 2016 State Annual Meeting with donation announcement
ALBANY, NY – In what has been a difficult growing season, New York’s farmers have still come through in a big way with food donations across the state. New York Farm Bureau members along with the Food Bank Association of New York State announced on Dec. 6 that nearly 11.4 million pounds of fresh food and farm products have been donated by farmers this year through the month of November. [Read more…]
There was near euphoria at the PDMP Fall Issues Forum held in Lancaster, PA two days after the Presidential election as Alan Novak, executive director of the Professional Dairy Managers of PA, speculated on what the new incoming administration might be able to do for commonwealth dairymen. Hopefully an easing of onerous EPA regulatory over-reach, under the previous administration, would be one of the first nightmares to bite the dust. [Read more…]