Early spring freeze leads to total loss of barley stand

CM-MR-29-2-Early-spring-fre1eeze2by Karl H. Kazaks

PORT ROYAL, VA – Stephen Ellis walked through a field of barley, some of it green, some of it yellow — almost none of it heading like it should have been.

“Basically we’re killing this crop and going into early beans,” he said. “There’s not going to be enough to run a combine through.”

It was late April, and that afternoon Ellis would spray the crop, with the goal of getting in early beans by the end of the month. Earlier in the month, cold weather had sealed the fate of these 65 acres of barley. Ellis estimates freeze damage to the stand to be over 80 percent. [Read more…]

Eastern Region NY Beef Producers stress Beef Quality Assurance

CW-MR-2-Eastern-Region-NY-Beef12by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Local cattle buyer for Cargill Taylor Beef, Stacylyn Snyder, was guest speaker at the recent Eastern Region New York Beef Producers’ Annual Meeting.

Snyder described her lifelong, extensive and diversified experience in the beef cattle business in the USA and other countries, and explained criteria she uses to evaluate cattle.

“When purchasing cattle, there are several factors a buyer is evaluating,” Snyder explained. “We look at the live weight, the age, the body condition, the overall health of the animal and what we estimate the dressing percentage of the carcass would be.” [Read more…]

Three generations at Windermere Farms Percherons

CM-MR-39-3-Three-generatio1ns-3bby Hope Holland

For a man who got off to an admittedly rather freewheeling start in the world, Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farms Percherons in Spring Mills, PA has done pretty well for himself, his family and his farm. He has the absolute backing of his wife, Melissa, whom he refers to as “just about the best draft horse trainer in the country”. He also has a darn good back up in his son, Abraham, who carries a man’s load of work without being told what to do or when it needs doing. Abraham is named for his grandfather, Abe Allebach, who with his wife Mary, started what has become three generations of Percheron horse breeders back when the farm also had dairy cattle. [Read more…]

Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Spring Plow Day

MS-CL-MR-3-Horse-Tale1s41Saunderskill Farms, Accord, NY, was the place to be on Saturday, April 30, as a large turnout welcomed the annual Spring Plow Day, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association, under sunny skies and what turned out to be a picture-perfect day. Now celebrating its 35th year, the Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association (HVDHA) has sponsored this much-anticipated event, and Dan Schoonmaker, of Saunderskill Farms, remarked he is very pleased that his establishment has hosted the Spring Plow Day for the past five years. The event is free, although donations were gratefully accepted. [Read more…]

Vermont 4-H’er earns third place in national essay contest

CN-RP-10-Vermont-4-H'er-ear1nsBURLINGTON, VT — A Grand Isle 4-H’er has earned national recognition for her essay on bees.

Madeline Chairvolotti, a member of the Champlain Shamrocks 4-H Club, took third place in the National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest, sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. Participants were asked to research and write 750 to 1,000 words on the topic, “Bees and Pollination: How Important is it?” [Read more…]