Grasstravaganza 2019: Finding inspiration in natural systems

2019-09-16T08:53:26-05:00September 16, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

New York’s NRCS Resource Conservationist, Ed Henry, set the stage of Grasstravaganza 2019 by quoting Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of a strong agronomic economy as the backbone of a nation: “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” Henry believes the adoption of properly managed grazing is one of the most efficient ways to produce food for New York consumers and inspired the capacity crowd to grasp the possibilities. (more…)

Early detection halts invasive pests

2019-11-11T12:17:03-05:00September 16, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Invasive insect species can cause havoc on a farm because in many instances the pests have no natural predators. That’s why Patricia Wakefield-Brown, invasive species outreach for Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva and volunteer coordinator with Finger Lakes Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management, presented on invasive species at the recent Empire Farm Days. (more…)

Hemp talk gathers big crowd at Empire Farm Days

2019-10-18T11:11:36-05:00September 4, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY — A standing-room only crowd gathered at Empire Farm Days to hear Larry Smart, professor, plant geneticist and breeder for Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section. The size of the group demonstrated their apparent interest in getting in on the ground floor of the growing and profitable hemp industry in New York. But before operators rush to sow their acres in hemp, Smart offered a few caveats. (more…)

Glyphosate, red meat and burning wood

2019-09-04T13:09:53-05:00September 4, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

Since glyphosate is a hot button issue for both consumers and producers, American Hort brought together several experts in the field to discuss the topic. American Hort represents the entire horticulture industry and has been following the glyphosate debate in the interest of dispersing the science behind the glyphosate issue. (more…)

Beef handling vital to cattle health

2019-09-20T13:51:56-05:00September 4, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

SENECA FALLS, NY – Cattle handling for vet appointments and routine procedures is “an extremely important part of raising cattle and it’s part of the Beef Quality Assurance program,” said Mike Baker, Ph.D., beef cattle Extension specialist with Cornell University. Baker led a presentation on beef cattle chutes at the recent Empire Farm Days. The presentation highlighted several features of various chutes in a live cattle demonstration. Presenters showed how beef producers can effectively use them to improve handling cattle to reduce stress in cattle and make cattlemen’s tasks easier. (more…)

Avoid arguments, prevent stress

2019-09-03T15:23:13-05:00September 3, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

Anyone who has worked cattle with a spouse or other family member knows the process can lead to tension and arguments. Cattle become stressed because they’re crowded and forced to move unnaturally, and noisy gates and tight spots are uncomfortable and unfamiliar. People become flustered, try to rush, and everything falls apart – including family relationships. (more…)

Strengthening farm decision-making and profitability: Dairy Profit Teams and the Dairy Acceleration Program

2019-09-03T08:55:14-05:00September 3, 2019|Eastern Edition|

by Betsy Hicks, Area Dairy Management Specialist

Dairy farms today are faced with difficult decisions that impact their day-to-day operations in both short-term and long-term business viability. During this drawn-out low in milk prices, attention to these decisions can be the difference between a farm being able to cash-flow through the lows, or a farm losing thousands of dollars of equity that was earned during better times. To help our producers work through difficult financial decisions, the team has facilitated profitability conversations through two means: the Dairy Acceleration Program and Dairy Profit Teams. (more…)

Custom grazing workshop shows potential in raising replacement heifers

2019-09-16T09:00:45-05:00August 29, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team member, Mary Kate Wheeler, Farm Business Management, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), led a team effort, along with custom grazing farm owner/operator Tim Virgil, Fabius, NY, and Fay Benson, Grazing Educator, CCE, South Central NY, Dairy and Field Crops Team, in a pasture walk at Virgil’s 40 to 50 heifer, custom grazing operation. (more…)