Growing the farm: next season’s production planning

C4-MR-1-Growing the farm 2by Tamara Scully

Planning for next season, particularly if you plan to expand your capacity, is a multi-dimensional process. Are you going to grow more crops and become more diverse? Will you expand by growing more of the same crops, increasing your production capacity? Or perhaps you’ll expand by extending the growing season. No matter how you opt to grow, preparing for the growing pains can make the process successful.

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Accelerated lamb production

CW-SR-MR-1-Accelerated lambby Tamara Scully

Lambing is typically an annual affair. For most sheep breeds, the autumn brings about the natural mating season. Lambs arrive in the spring, when grass is greening up, providing a plentiful diet. But commercial sheep production requires a year-round supply of lambs, and accelerated lamb production methods can make it feasible for producers to fulfill those needs.

An accelerated system is one in which the birth interval is decreased to less than a 12-month cycle, Richard Ehrhardt, Ph.D, Small Ruminant Specialist at Michigan State University said. [Read more…]

Hoptoberfest: A hops and brewery grains workshop

CW-RP-3-Hoptoberfest3EAST AURORA, NY — With partial funding by the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County hosted a two-day workshop taught by New York State hops specialist Steve Miller; NWNY Dairy Team Crop Specialist Bill Verbeten; and Chris Gerling, extension sssociate at the Cornell Geneva Farm.

The workshop had 64 participants from three different states. [Read more…]

Vermont Agrability Project helps Westfield farmer keep farming

CN-RP-1-VTagWESTFIELD, VT — The large tires on the power wheelchair easily navigated the rough terrain as Robert Smith piloted it through the milk house into the feeding pens. He picked a pitchfork off the wall, plucked a fork-full of hay from a pile and drove to a pen of goats, who received their first feeding from the smiling farmer. [Read more…]