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…]

Vegetable crop pests you need to know

by George Looby

Recently the UConn Extension team of Jude Boucher, Extension Educator and Joan Allen, Assistant Extension Educator serving as plant pathologist presented informative sessions designed to bring growers up to speed regarding the latest in control measures against the wide range of pests.

The common spotted asparagus beetle was the first pest covered. One rule that applies across all species and varieties is to maintain a high level of sanitation in the garden. Old plant material and debris should be cleaned up and disposed of. Depending on the particular plant material involved, some may be composted, but if it is infected with a pest with a long life cycle it is important not to compost. It is important to know the life cycle of the pest being discarded. If you’re not familiar help is available through the staff of your local extension. [Read more…]

Virginia Extension holds its annual Dairy Conferences at several sites around the Commonwealth

CM-42-1-VA-area-diaryby Karl H. Kazaks

WYTHEVILLE, VA — Virginia Extension recently held a weeklong series of dairy conferences, in Wytheville as well as Amelia Court House, Brandy Station, Dayton and Rocky Mount. The featured speaker came from the USDA’s Dairy Forage Research Center in Wisconsin.

Dr. Wayne Coblentz is a research dairy scientist and agronomist. In his studies, he measures how the nutritional characteristics of forages change due to variations in agronomic inputs, the application of animal wastes, grazing, climate, and post-harvest management. At the conferences, he spoke about the key components of making baled silage. [Read more…]

Large fowl breed preservation

by Paul Burdziakowski

Large fowl varieties of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys have been an important part of New England farming for generations. Breeds such as the Rose Comb Ancona have played an important role in sustaining farms by providing a source of food and income. Unfortunately the last several decades have been highlighted by improper breeding, frequent cross breeding and bad practices in large scale production have led to the loss of the original defining characteristics of these large fowls. [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…]