Small-grains workshop

by Katie Navarra

Imagine harvesting a wheat field that yields more than 200 bushels per acre. Chances are you’d need additional equipment and ample storage. It’s not a wild dream, it’s a reality. In 2015, a farmer in England harvested 245 bushels per acre on his farm in Lincolnshire Wolds. The new record beat the previous record from 2010 by 5 percent.

“It takes a lot of inputs like fertilizer, fungicide and foliar nutrients along with near ideal weather conditions to achieve that kind of yield,” said Aaron Gabriel, senior extension resource educator, agronomy for Cornell Cooperative Extension, during a workshop held May 26. [Read more…]

The top 10 issues in dairy

CEW-MR-43-2-The-top-ten0507by Steve Wagner

The Dairy Industry Professional Roundtable met at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center last month to discuss the title topic. Jayne Sebright, the Communications Director at Center for Dairy Excellence for 10 years, served on this occasion as Executive Director. She has since been officially named as the permanent replacement. “The recent transition at the center has provided the opportunity to reaffirm our charge to support individual dairy farm businesses and empower the broader dairy industry,” she said. “We are looking forward to sharing an update on the center’s strengthened partnerships while learning from those who attend how our resources can provide the most value to the industry.” [Read more…]

Meeting consumers’ high standard

CM-MR-32-2-Meeting-consurmers2by George Looby, DVM

Consumers today are much better informed when it comes to matters of nutrition and food safety than were preceding generations. This is due in large measure to the work of food scientists whose understanding of food microbiology continues to expand. Despite this ever-expanding body of knowledge, hazards continue to exist in the food chain that pose a potential threat to the consumer. [Read more…]

Moving mountains and the Spartan Races

CN-MR-30-3-Moving-Mountains7920by Laura Rodley

Oftentimes, the amount of work farmers do feels like moving mountains: haying fields, milking cows, managing the bills, the responsibility of securing a farm’s future by diversifying. But for third generation farmer Phillip Stevens of Carter and Stevens Farm in Barre, MA, the mountain he had to move was himself. He had fallen off a roof 14 years ago while repairing the shingles on a barn and shattered both calcaneus bones, an injury commonly referred to as “roofers’ heel”. [Read more…]

Sponsorship efforts produce $7,500 in prizes at Massachusetts Quarter Horse Show

CN-38-3-MQHA-horse-show4508-1copyby Paul Burdziakowski 

The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) held their annual show May 19-22 at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Admission was free to watch the four-day show, which featured competitive riders and their American Quarter Horse breeds competing in a full slate of classes and plenty of prizes up for grabs.

Northampton, MA has been the site of the MQHA spring show since it first started but due to a scheduling conflict this year they had to find a new home and new dates. [Read more…]