Benefits of cover crops

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

More and more growers are planting cover crops to improve soil moisture, reduce erosion and maximize profits. Cover crops can include grasses, legumes and forbs planted for seasonal cover. Over time, using cover crops improves yields, organic matter and soil water conservation. This change is most noticeable with diverse crop rotation. [Read more…]

Researching best practices for grazing farms

CEWN-MR-1-Researching best pracby Tamara Scully

While grazing practitioners use a variety of management tools to care for their land and animals, it can be difficult to quantify exactly how much benefit different practices make. Juan Alvez, PhD., of the University of Vermont’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a three-year research study designed to see what differences, if any, a variety of farm management practices actually do make.

Quantifying management practices

The basis of grazing systems is grass. The quality and quantity of forage available to the animals is enhanced by a variety of management techniques designed to build soil health. Alvez is studying approximately 20 practices, on three very different grass-based Vermont farms, to determine the impact they have on soil health. [Read more…]

Agriculture showcased at NY Farm Bureau’s 2014 Taste of NY

CEW-MR-4-Taste of NY3by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

All aspects of New York agriculture were showcased at NY Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Legislative Reception, held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall, where over 65 colorful and informational displays were exhibited.

“I believe this year’s Taste of New York event was one of the best yet,” commented Sarah Blood, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator for Schoharie County Planning and Development. “The variety of agriculture businesses and sectors was amazing! The collaboration among so many agriculture businesses and organizations brings out the best of the best in the industry.” [Read more…]