Potatoes and soil health

CN-MR-1-Potatoesby Tamara Scully

Soil health is increasingly being recognized as a key factor in plant health and yield, and is the key to successful non-chemical growing. When the soil structure is optimal and left intact, the soil microbial activity is thriving, and carbon is sequestered, the conditions are perfect for crop production. But what if you grow a crop that requires soil disturbances for planting and harvesting? How can soil health be optimized when the soil has to be disturbed? [Read more…]

Marketing issues discussed at 2014 Eastern Region NY Beef Producers’ Summer Meeting and picnic

CEW-MR-3-Beef Producers2by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

King’s Roaming Angus Farm, Cobleskill, NY, recently hosted the 2014 Eastern Region NY Beef Producers’ Summer Meeting, with farm owner/NYBPA Regional Director Andrew King, Eastern NY IPM Educator Ken Wise, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Resource Specialist Tom Gallagher speaking on industry issues.

Marketing beef was among the issues discussed and King stressed the importance of diversification to improve the potential of achieving profit.

“On our farm we raise primarily beef cattle, but we also have hogs that we bought as piglets,” said King. “We sell eggs, beef, pork and chicken. When you set up at the market, you need to sell more than just beef.” [Read more…]

Calf Scholarship Program is a 4-H’ers dream come true

CE-TM-1-Calf-Scholarship-1cby Richard Smith, former extension agent

Now that took care of the 2013, Saratoga County Fair and Caitlyn had the time of her life working with all the farms that exhibited show cows and surrounding herself with all the 4-Hers, even if she couldn’t show as a 4-Her. Caitlyn took everything in at the fair and participated whenever she could. I have been around the Saratoga County Fair long enough to know she was a special young lady and the 2013 fair was only the beginning of Caitlyn’s career. We had not heard the last of her yet. [Read more…]