Crop Comments: Sustainable Soil Seminar, in Syracuse

2019-03-19T08:58:33-05:00March 19, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

On March 6, approximately 175 people attended the all-day 2019 NOFA-NY Dairy and Field Crops Conference. This Conference, held at the Holiday Inn of Syracuse/Liverpool, also served as the annual membership meeting of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). In addition to attendees absorbing the lectures presented by the keynote speakers, the guests were able to visit with any of the 24 vendors sponsoring this program.

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Inventory management to aid in risk reduction

2019-03-19T09:52:09-05:00March 18, 2019|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Enrico Villamaino

There is a humorous anecdote that circulates among farmers and ranchers at various meetings and conventions. It goes something like this: President Ronald Reagan was addressing a collection of farmers at a convention in Las Vegas. Reagan prevailed upon his Secret Service detail to allow him to meet with some of his constituents on the way to his speech.

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Northeast Region boasts National Photo and Poster Contest winners

2019-03-18T14:48:17-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Troy Bishopp

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), in partnership with the NACD Auxiliary, announced the winners of the 2018 Photo Contest and 2018 Poster Contest during their 73rd Annual Meeting. The Northeast region was well represented in this task to literally highlight the beauty of local conservation on the ground.

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Crop Comments: Growing season factor we do control

2019-03-18T11:00:49-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

Crop Comments

Most U.S. agronomists agree on one major cause of global warming (or climate change if you prefer that term). That is the reduction of organic matter (OM) on U.S. cropland, arguably a greater issue than lost OM at any other farmed location on our planet. [Brazil may be a close second, as this equatorial nation keeps plowing up and/or burning more tropical rain forest]. The lower the OM level in our nation’s summer annual cropland (non-sod, basically corn and soybean), the lower the amount of carbon sequestered in our soils — and the lower the total plant biomass.

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Cover crop application in row crops

2019-03-19T09:56:49-05:00March 1, 2019|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

For the growing number of farmers utilizing cover crops in their operations, a key challenge has been getting cover crop seeds planted in a timely fashion without disturbing or encroaching upon the main crop. There are variety of cover crop application methods – all with pros and cons –which can be utilized to get the seed to soil contact needed for successful cover cropping.

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Farm and family at Ninja Cow

2019-03-01T16:43:43-05:00March 1, 2019|Mid Atlantic|

by Karen Van Wyk

Ninja Cow Farm in Raleigh, NC, brings farm and family together in a refreshing way. Dan Moore and his family own the farm. The farm has been functioning since the 1700s. Having grown up on a farm, Moore was anxious to get away and go off to college. As the youngest of five, he intended to never return to it after graduation.

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