FFA and Vo-Ag’s year-end festivities

CN-MR-1-Miss Agby Lorraine Strenkowski

Lebanon Regional Agricultural Science & Technology Center, located at Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, CT, finished up their year in style. First, came the “Miss Ag” Competition, in which five lovely candidates competed for the title. Each lady had to compete in four categories: their own introduction, an explanation of their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), their talent and an answer to an individual question. [Read more…]

For better or for worse

CN-MR-2-ForBetter1by Laura Rodley

The relationship between a teenage girl and her horse is like a marriage — for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Abby Milewski of Gill, MA was 11 years old when she first met a tall, liver-colored Appaloosa named Rex at the Pony Pals 4-H Club. It was love at first sight.

She schooled him from being a backyard horse, never having competed gymkhanas. Together, they learned what it took to train and show a willing and happy show competitor.  She went on to buy him and a further half year of joy showing him at shows such as the Franklin County 4-H Horse Show, co-chaired by Kristie Tognarelli and Barbara Baldwin on Saturday, June 28. Milewski is now 14, and Rex is 19. [Read more…]

2014- 2015 Officers installed at Mohawk Valley FFA Banquet

CE-MR-3-MV FFA1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

State officers of the NYS FFA and officers from the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA Chapter joined the Mohawk Valley FFA Chapter for the 76th Mohawk Valley FFA Annual Banquet and award ceremony on June 20 at the Oppenheim-Ephratah School.

In addition to awarding Discovery Degrees, Greenhand Degrees and Chapter Degrees, NY FFA 2014-2015 State Reporter Kait Isaac, who is also a Mohawk Valley member, reported on the Career Development Event (CDE) and competition, which took place in May at the NYS FFA Convention. [Read more…]

Managing weeds in hay fields

CEWN-MR-1-Managing1585by Sally Colby

Hay is an important crop for livestock producers, and should be treated the same as any other crop when it comes to weed control. Weedy hay results in decreased yields, short-lived stands and potential harmful effects to livestock.

Weeds in forages compete for nutrients, light moisture and space. They reduce the quality of forage, and intake may be influenced. In a pasture setting, cattle often eat both desirable and undesirable species, and can possibly ingest harmful or injurious portions of plants. Some weeds are toxic when dried with hay, and although cattle can usually sort out weeds in straight dry hay, weeds contained in large bales that are chopped and mixed with a ration are nearly impossible to sort. [Read more…]