MARION, VA — Virginia Extension recently hosted its 2015 Area Dairy Conference at five locations around the Old Dominion: in Amelia, Dayton, Brandy Station, Rocky Mount and Marion. The program varied at each location, with topics addressed including management strategies to endure adverse scenarios, an update on Virginia Tech’s Kentland Farm, calf auto-feeder management, and an update on the Southeast Quality Milk Initiative. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
“Feed the soil to help feed the crops that you want to grow,” Neil Kinsey, soil fertility specialist, advised. “If you just put down what the plants need, you aren’t feeding the soil.”
Feeding the plants does not feed the soil. Growing plants remove essential elements from the soil. If those elements aren’t replaced, and aren’t in balance, then soil fertility is compromised, and crop health and yields will be impacted, Kinsey cautioned.
Just getting the pH right is not nearly enough. The result of the interactions of soil chemistry is pH, and a target pH can be achieved even when the chemistry is out of balance. But when the chemistry is unbalanced, important elements are not available to the plants. [Read more…]
GLENVILLE, NY — Glenville Town Justice Paul Davenport seemed a bit distracted as over 200 farmers and supporters filled his court room to show their solidarity for local farmer, Joshua Rockwood of West Wind Acres in West Charlton, NY.
The 36-year-old farmer who is facing 13 animal neglect charges pled not guilty to the charges in court Tuesday, March 24. According to court documents, authorities found sheep in an unheated barn with frozen water with animal feces mixed into the ice. The documents also stated 15 pigs had frozen, undrinkable water, and they were confined in a barn without food. In addition, three horses, around 30 cows and 10 pigs were without proper food or water, and goats did not have access to food. [Read more…]
Grain marketing was a hot topic at the Central New York Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 2015 Corn Day.
In a presentation given by Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator John Berry, both corn and soybean trends and predictions were addressed.
“It’s impossible to predict grain prices. But, I’m optimistic about the food business,” Berry stated. “What business would you rather be in then trying to feed this exploding population? But, I’m also cautious about the risk we’re going to face in the meantime.” [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
“Biological control programs use living organisms that are natural enemies of insects to control pests and diseases,” said Leanne Pundt, Extension Educator for University of Connecticut at the Litchfield County Extension Center.
“They do not act as quickly as pesticides, so cannot be used as a rescue treatment. Natural enemies are best used preventatively, early in the cropping cycle, when plants are small, pest numbers are low and pest damage has not yet occurred,” she added.
Biological controls also reduce worker exposure to pesticide and pesticide residues, limits spray damage, requires limited equipment for application and improves plant quality. Integrating biological controls also lengthens the lifespan of effective pesticides used in greenhouses by reducing opportunity for the development of resistance. [Read more…]