Tractor square dancing in Peppermint City

CW-MR-4-Tractor Square4cby Al Dorantes

The fabric of America is held together by our small towns. Some towns have violet festivals and some celebrate strawberries and some jump frogs. Lyons, NY, once upon a time, was the peppermint capitol of America and to celebrate their heritage and affinity with peppermint Lyons holds Peppermint Days including a tractor show. The 13th annual tractor show is also home to what is believed to be the only tractor square dance in New York State. [Read more…]

Grasstravaganza 2014 promotes love of the land through understanding

CEW-MR-3-Grasstravaganza3by Troy Bishopp

MORRISVILLE, NY — Aldo Leopold once said, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” This sentiment was an overarching theme at the three-day Grasstravaganza 2014 event that brought 150 farmers, ag educators and conservation professionals together to peer deeply into soil health, pasture productivity and creating wealth by nurturing the land. [Read more…]

Raising cattle for the future, today

CEW-MR-3-Equity Angus1by Sally Colby

Rich Brown says five generations on all sides of his family tree have been in some kind of livestock business, so it’s natural that he’d continue the tradition.

Brown’s involvement with beef cattle began at his parents’ farm in Antwerp, NY. “I was working off the farm,” he said. “My parents were no longer milking, and the pastures were growing up in brush. I decided it made sense to put beef cattle there.” Brown put five registered Angus heifers on the farm in 1995, and in 2000, moved to Port Byron, NY, to grow the herd. [Read more…]

Cover crops prove to be a good management tool for vegetable growers

CEW-MR-2-Cover Crops1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Cover crops should be a part of every vegetable farmer’s toolbox. That’s the message that Thomas Björkman, Associate Professor of Vegetable Crop Physiology with Cornell University explained to attendees of a vegetable grower’s meeting and workshop that took place near Fort Plain, NY.
Since vegetable production compromises soil health, which directly affects productivity, building and maintaining soil is a priority for vegetable producers.

“One management goal that is central for many vegetable farmers is maintaining good tilth, which is accomplished in part by always feeding soil microorganism with fresh organic matter,” Björkman explained. “Cover crops can provide that organic matter between vegetables.” [Read more…]