Pennsylvania farmers visit Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues impacting agriculture with PA’s Congressional Delegation

CDM-27-3-PA-farmers-visit13WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 150 members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) traveled to Washington D.C. seeking support from Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation on critical issues impacting agriculture.The farmers met with lawmakers and legislative staff to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the urgent need to establish a national standard to oversee the labeling of genetically modified food and legislation to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a rule that would dramatically expand regulations over farmland. [Read more…]

Responding to demand at Manning Hill Farm

CN-56-3-Unusual-cows1by Kathleen Hatt

Sam Canonica and Sarah Costa chose their Dutch Belted cows not only for their milk but also for their small size, longevity, fertility, friendliness and forage efficiency. The Dutch Belteds are well suited for rotational grazing on 126-acre Manning Hill Farm in Winchester, NH.

From feeding to milking to bottling in glass to sales in their farm store, nearby farmers’ markets and grocery stores, Sarah and Sam handle all aspects of Manning Hill Farm’s production and sales themselves. Their priorities are healthy cows and clean milk. The herd’s somatic cell count (SCC) is consistently between 80,000 and 110,000. [Read more…]

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…]