Ag Progress Days: Advice from the woods

2020-09-25T13:20:10-05:00September 4, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Scott Weikert on Penn State Extension began his webinar during Pennsylvania’s Ag Progress Days by introducing his panel: Sarah Wurzbacher, forestry Extension educator; Allyson Muth, Department of Ecosystems and Management at Penn State University Park; Art Gover, Extension specialist based at University Park dealing primarily with invasive species and ventilation management; Margaret Brittingham, wildlife specialist at University Park; Calvin Norman, forest and wildlife Extension educator in Blair County; and others with forestry expertise. (more…)

National cover crop survey documents farmers’ resilience

2020-10-09T08:47:05-05:00September 4, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Edith Tucker

Nearly 2,000 busy farmers across the U.S. took the time to answer survey questions about cover cropping trends, such as “planting green” into living cover crops, using cover crops for weed control and the impact of cover crops on cash crop planting dates during the very wet spring of 2019. (more…)

Seward joins call to delay decision on changing 60-hour overtime threshold for farm workers

2020-09-04T10:17:01-05:00September 4, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently called for the Farm Laborers Wage Board to put the brakes on any changes to the 60-hour overtime threshold for farmworkers. Senator Seward joined with the Senate Republican Conference and members of the farming community in calling for freezing the threshold at its current level to enable the collection of more data on the mandate’s impact. (more…)

Three decades of Supermilk, 17 decades of farming at Gettyvue

2020-09-16T11:59:29-05:00September 4, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

Thirty years can seem like a long time. On the other hand, for a farm that has been operating since 1853, it can seem like just the blink of an eye.

The Empire State Milk Quality Council (ESMQC) has been bestowing its Supermilk award for 30 years. In that time, thousands of dairy farms have been recognized for the quality of their milk, but just 16 have earned the distinction every year for the past three decades. (more…)

Hooked on horns

2020-08-28T10:57:41-05:00August 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

When Mike Albanese was just five years old, his grandfather reminisced about oxen with horns so large the animals had to turn their head to fit through the barn door. Mike’s grandfather was a shepherd on a small northern Italian village in the Alps before emigrating to the U.S. In 1940, his grandfather purchased land in Jamesville, NY, to start a new farm and often shared memories of home. (more…)

Same time zone, different world: Farming in New York and Georgia

2020-08-28T10:58:01-05:00August 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Evelyn Leubner

After a long day of working, I now have layers of red clay under my fingernails instead of the dark brown New York soil. That was one of the first things I noticed when I moved to Georgia: the dirt (technically, clay). It’s burnt orange color makes me question how anything grows in it. I moved to Georgia for a change in scenery and I got exactly that. So many country songs sing about Georgia pines, and now I know why. They are beautiful, tall, and you can find them just about everywhere you go. They remind me of asparagus, as they are long and skinny with branches only at the very top. Moving here has given me the opportunity to live in a completely different environment compared to New York. Just like the trees, lakes, dirt and animals are different, so are their farms. (more…)

The Jolly Green Giant and his Liberty

2020-08-28T10:50:23-05:00August 28, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

In the past, Caleb Vander Groef’s stature may have been working against him, especially when he was showing calves instead of fully grown heifers.

Caleb raised his cow Liberty from a calf and has been showing her for two years. But at the start, he suspects he may have made Liberty seem a bit smaller than she really was. (more…)

Dealing with late season heat stress

2020-09-11T10:56:06-05:00August 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Summer might be winding down, but there’s still plenty of hot weather ahead. Alycia Drwencke, Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops program, said that for four months of the year, the average temperature in New York State is 70º or higher, and that spells heat stress for dairy cattle. (more…)

Immunity associated with bovine respiratory viruses after intranasal vaccination

2020-10-02T11:15:24-05:00August 28, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra

Respiratory disease is a significant issue cattle producers must deal with on a daily basis. It’s been estimated it has cost the industry nearly $900 million with death and production losses, with the result of survival of a BRD, according to Christopher Schneider, technical services with Merck Animal Health. (more…)

Rusty Creek Dairy rolls with the changes

2020-08-20T08:15:01-05:00August 20, 2020|Eastern Edition|

by Sally Colby

A dairy farm near Lake Champlain has seen a lot of changes over the years, most of which were the result of fluctuating markets and family members returning to the farm.

Fifth-generation dairy farmer Tony LaPierre currently oversees operations at the family’s Rusty Creek Dairy in Chazy, NY. Tony said earlier generations did a little bit of everything. (more…)

Crop Comments: Harnessing the Fringe

2020-08-13T13:14:04-05:00August 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

There are at least a couple options for planting forages that really put to good use the cooler conditions that surround Indian Summer in the Northeast. The best time to plant these “packages,” seldom just a single species, is the middle 10 days of August. The question then is where to plant these. Many folks were able to get 75- to 80-day corn planted more or less on time, despite a chilly, drawn-out April. According to my April electric bill statement, the average temperature in Otsego County was 41º F. Throughout April 2020, the only crops that looked good were late summer/early fall-planted small grains/winter forages. (more…)