Drone use in agriculture

CM-MR-3-DRONE-USE-1141191by Bill and Mary Weaver

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are seen by many as a new, transformative tool used in precision agriculture. The UAVs potential lies in the ability to quickly capture snapshots of information needed by farmers to help assess and manage current agronomic conditions. A UAV can quickly scout large sections of field to help identify and pinpoint such things as nitrogen stress, early signs of insect damage, disease and water stress. [Read more…]

Moutoux Orchard branches out to a full-diet, year-round CSA

CM-MR-1-MOUTOUX-1a1by Karl H. Kazaks

PURCELLVILLE, VA — Moutoux Orchard has undergone a lot of change in the last decade. In 2005, the orchard pulled up stakes from its original location near Tysons Corner, moving its operation, barn and all, to what had previously been a companion orchard here in Loudon County. Just as dramatically, the family operation has also transformed itself from a commercial orchard into a full-diet, year-round CSA. This process took place in a number of stages. [Read more…]

The Upper Susquehanna Coalition receives U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award

CEW-MR-2-Upper-Susq1c1by Troy Bishopp

New York City — The mission of Tioga County based Upper Susquehanna Coalition is to protect and improve water quality and natural resources in the Upper Susquehanna River Basin using an integrative, multiple barrier approach. The passion, partnerships and groundwork toward the goals since being established in 1992 are finally being recognized nationally and statewide. [Read more…]

Pretty pasture thieves

CEW-MR-1-Buttercups54881by Sally Colby

The sight of horses standing in a field of bright yellow buttercups is attractive, but buttercups in a horse pasture aren’t good. The presence of buttercups, especially an overabundance, signals the need for more proactive pasture management. [Read more…]

Tour draws visitors to Drover Hill Farm

CE-MR-3-Drover-Hill21by Pat Malin

EARLVILLE, NY — The authentic Victorian-era home that serves as a bed-and-breakfast is testament to the time-honored traditions at Drover Hill Farm.

The owner, William Lipsey, has raised registered Highland and Angus cattle for 33 years. The herds are pasture-fed with patience, and finished off “when they’re ready,” said his wife, Stephanie, meaning about 16 to 27 months. [Read more…]