Crop Comments: Climate change, climate cycle or both?

2018-09-14T15:13:29+00:00September 14th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Two significant climate-related events are drawing a lot of my attention. The first one was an on-farm seminar which was written up in last week’s Country Folks. Elizabeth Tomlin wrote the article titled “Climate Smart Farming encouraged at twilight meeting”. The seminar was held last month at the Mosher Farm in Bouckville, NY. (more…)

Forage intercropping for resilience

2018-09-10T12:52:57+00:00September 10th, 2018|Eastern Edition, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully
A presentation by Cornell professor Matt Ryan, and PhD student Ann Bybee-Finley, of the Sustainable Cropping Systems Laboratory, discussing an ongoing three-year forage resiliency experiment, was held recently in conjunction with a pasture walk at Larry and Denise Moore’s 270-acre certified-organic dairy farm in Lansing, NY. (more…)

Tariff and trade war impact

2018-09-10T12:43:23+00:00September 10th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
A diverse group of farmers met with NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball and NY Farm Bureau President David Fisher and agriculture representatives, on Aug. 29 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse to voice their frustration and outrage over the impact that newly imposed tariffs, that are causing them financial ruin, and to encourage the government to come to a rapid trade agreement. (more…)

Foraging for resiliency

2018-09-04T08:13:25+00:00September 4th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully
Being able to go with the flow — be it adverse weather, changing market conditions, or changing family needs — has always been a part of farming. Today, with climate change, economic volatility, international trade wars and changing consumer perceptions of food and farming, resiliency to weather any type of storm is more important than ever. (more…)