LANCASTER, PA — Entomologist John Tooker, a Penn State extension specialist, told his audience at Lancaster’s Farm and Home Center, pesticides are made to limit life. He added, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should be your guideline on what pesticides to use. Tooker started by reminding them prairies, which used to dominate the midwest, were the predecessor of agriculture. Herbivore outbreaks are rare in prairies. [Read more…]
Among the most important employees on livestock farms are traditionally the herding dogs.
The bumper sticker that reads “My Border Collie is smarter than your honor student,” is popular and, according to farmers, true. [Read more…]
Trade growth and enhanced commerce have aided many invasive organisms in their spread to new ecosystems.
Human mediated introduction is the way invasive insects and pathogens have entered and continue to enter the U.S. Ninety percent of the recent wood-boring insects arrived in the U.S. via solid wood packaging, or dunnage, and 70 percent of all damaging invasive insects have entered through agricultural shipments. Larvae can survive for months or years inside wooden dunnage or spools. [Read more…]
Ever stubbed your toe? If you have, you will clearly understand how that lame cow in your herd is affected by the throbbing pain in her foot — or feet.
The kick-off meeting of Cornell PRO-Dairy’s ‘Don’t Be Lame!’ workshop, held at the Talley-Ho Restaurant in Richfield Springs, NY, attracted a standing-room-only attendance. [Read more…]
Doug and Pat Aukema started Aukema Dairy Farm as first-generation farmers in New Jersey, then later moved to Chenango Forks, NY to farm there. But Doug wasn’t new to dairy farming — he had grown up on a dairy farm in Holland.
In November of 1991, when Brian was 16, his father Doug was injured in a serious farm accident. Brian handled the majority of the farm work for a while, but the family made the tough decision to sell the herd three months later. [Read more…]
Agronomy Educator Jeff Graybill, with Lancaster’s Penn State Extension, thought because of suppressed milk prices, a good first topic for Lancaster County’s Crop Conference should center on managing farm finances. Darin Miller, regional lending manager with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, did the honors. The farm credit system has actually been in existence for 100 years as of last summer. “Like all of you, Farm Credit has felt the pinching Ag economy,” Miller said; “we’ve been experiencing lower margins for the past 12 to 18 months.” Farmers have not been as profitable as they’d like to be due to the carryover from 2014. [Read more…]
In the 30th anniversary year of Community Supported Agriculture, Elizabeth Henderson of Peacework Organic CSA in Wayne County, NY, and other long-time CSA farmers decided to draw up a charter to provide a definition of Community Supported Agriculture. [Read more…]
WATERLOO, NY — Last season’s weather in New York was just what wheat farmers needed: hot and dry, according to Mike Stanyard, PhD and senior Extension associate with Cornell’s Northwestern New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. He presented “Small Grains Management Updates: Wheat & Malting Barley” at the recent Soybean Small Grains Congress 2017, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team. [Read more…]