Playing it safe with land lease agreements

2020-11-20T11:16:55-05:00November 20, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Enrico Villamaino

A recent webinar hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County aimed to help both landowners and farmers protect themselves when entering lease agreements.

“Learn How to Put Together a Lease That Makes Sense” was the latest in the “Accessing Farmland” series of interactive online workshops. The presentation was led by Myron Thurston, an agriculture economic development specialist for CCE Madison County. (more…)

Battling for broadband access

2020-11-20T10:52:26-05:00November 20, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Reliable, high-speed internet in rural regions has been an issue for decades. City centers and villages can download movies in minutes; meanwhile, those traveling some country roads need to let others know their approximate locations in advance because there is no service available in case of an accident. Work and school from home situations that have been ongoing since March have only highlighted the need for better internet for all – but especially farmers, as even that profession requires more connectivity. (more…)

Autumn is cider time

2020-11-03T12:16:33-05:00November 3, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Judy Van Put

Autumn is a favorite time of the year, with its abundance of garden fruits and vegetables, cool nights, warm sunny days and crisp blue skies against the backdrop of colorful fall foliage. The garden is producing like crazy and we are busy harvesting its bounty, canning and storing in the cool basement for the long winter to come. Added to our enjoyment of autumn is the tradition of pressing apples for cider, and we worked diligently to pick and fill bushel bags and baskets of the red and yellow fruits to bring to the cider mill with the anticipation of the gallons of sweet cider we’ll return home with. (more…)

Those autumn leaves – Protecting horses from maple poisoning

2020-11-03T12:06:42-05:00November 3, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Judy Van Put

The fall foliage has been spectacular in our part of the country this year – brilliant reds and oranges, glowing gold, yellow and bronze with just enough evergreens to fill out the color palette, along the bright blue October skies and bright white clouds. But did you know that some of those leaves, beautiful as they are, can be toxic? Horses, ponies, donkeys and mules who eat fallen, wilted or dried leaves of some species of maple can be fatally poisoned. An article covering this topic by the editors of Equus Magazine and revisited by Helena Ragone, Ph.D., was brought to my attention and seemed important to mention. (more…)

Managing hay and forages in winter

2020-11-03T12:23:22-05:00October 29, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

As the last cutting of hay is baled and stored, the question of whether or not it will be enough to support the beef herd through the winter can be a tricky one. For those raising grass-fed beef, particularly in extreme cold weather areas, the amount of hay available to supplement the herd during the winter is particularly important. (more…)

Tubing essential to scaling up commercial maple production

2020-11-03T12:22:31-05:00October 29, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

If you want to expand your farm’s maple production, going with tubing rather than collection buckets can make the entire system work more smoothly. It’s vital to set up your sugarbush’s tubing properly so that it works well. Adam Wild, director of the Cornell Uihlein Maple Research Forest, and Aaron Wightman, Extension associate who oversees operations at the Arnot Research Sugarbush, recently presented the “Setting Up a Maple Tubing System” webinar, hosted by the Cornell Maple Program. (more…)

Country Folks Mid-Atlantic edition candidates’ guide on agriculture

2020-10-29T10:31:08-05:00October 29, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

The 2020 election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3. With that in mind, Country Folks reached out to those seeking the highest offices in each of the states in our coverage areas, asking them for their goals and plans for the agricultural sector. Many did not respond to our queries; therefore, we sought out information from their websites. Responses directly from candidates will not include the “NO RESPONSE” disclaimer. Note: some information has been edited for space. (more…)

Dairy’s Net Zero Initiative sees big boost from Nestlé

2020-10-23T11:00:26-05:00October 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Big news was announced in the dairy world earlier this month, with Nestlé offering its support – in the form of $10 million over a five-year period – for the Net Zero Initiative, a new industry-wide effort that will help U.S. dairy farms of all sizes implement new technologies and adopt economically viable practices. The initiative ties into the dairy industry’s environmental stewardship goals of achieving carbon neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050. (more…)

Construction: Barn entrances

2020-10-23T10:58:41-05:00October 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Entrances to livestock barns can get quite messy. Depending on how often and how many animals are utilizing it, plus any heavy equipment accessing the entryway, the area can become dangerous and dirty. As with other heavy use areas, proper planning, construction and maintenance can go a long way in mitigating cow comfort and safety issues. (more…)