Farm Truck Inspection

CE-MR-1-Farm-Truck-Inspectio1n2by Katie Navarra

Properly licensed, maintained and insured slow moving farm vehicles have an equal right to be on the roadway as other motorists. Even though farm equipment has access to roads, there are a number of regulations and exemptions that farm business owners must be aware of.

In advance of the spring season, Kirk Shoen, Extension Resource Educator, Farm Business Management/Dairy for Saratoga Cooperative Extension, organized a Farm Truck Inspection Day to help farm owners understand the laws associated with farm vehicles. New York State Trooper John Peck, from Troop G in Latham, was on hand to offer advice and answer questions. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania farmers visit Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues impacting agriculture with PA’s Congressional Delegation

CDM-27-3-PA-farmers-visit13WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) traveled to Washington D.C. seeking support from Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation on critical issues impacting agriculture.The farmers met with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the urgent need to establish a national standard to oversee the labeling of genetically modified food and legislation to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a rule that would dramatically expand regulations over farmland. [Read more…]

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…]