A phone call with PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding

2020-04-23T17:00:23-05:00April 23, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

Because COVID-19 might be altering our lives forever, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding participated in phone calls open to around 400 people the first time around, and more than 200 the second time. These took place under the auspices of Penn-Ag Industries, with Assistant Vice President Jessica Darr hosting the program. Executive Vice President Chris Herr said at the outset of the program that he and Sec. Redding have been in contact almost daily since the COVID onset. (more…)

Leading the way with Wagyu

2020-04-23T15:03:03-05:00April 23, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Karl H. Kazaks

ALTAVISTA, VA – Dale Moore is an accomplished leader in many fields of life. He has raised cattle for over two decades. He is a member of the Campbell County, VA, Board of Supervisors. He started an electrical contracting business which grew to employ some 600 people. And now he is helping to lead the development of the American Wagyu beef industry. (more…)

A step forward in mastitis diagnosis

2020-06-05T10:05:09-05:00April 15, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by George Looby

For decades dairymen, veterinarians and those in university laboratories have been fighting a battle against mastitis. Researchers in the UK have employed new technology for determining the origin of mastitis in a herd. For many years, it was considered either contagious or environmental – passing from one cow to another, most often at milking. In tracing possible environmental sources, one is most often looking at bedding and other material to which the cows are exposed. (more…)

You’re amazing

2020-04-23T16:46:27-05:00April 15, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

Before the “shelter-in-place” pandemic concept came to fruition, I was on my way to Indiana to speak to farmers on grass farming and grazing management. The notoriety of being “The Grass Whisperer” and also coming from well over 100 miles made me a draw for the annual Southern Indiana Grazing Conference. Humbly, my words were not the most powerful story. (more…)

Must we dump milk?

2020-04-15T18:02:21-05:00April 15, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Sadly, what we’re seeing happening today is a case of history repeating itself. In the 1930s, with citizens across the nation starving in bread lines, farmers were forced to burn excess wheat for fuel – and dump milk they couldn’t sell. The issue is in the supply chain, not in a lack of supply or a lack of consumers. (more…)

A call to answer questions

2020-04-15T17:43:05-05:00April 15, 2020|Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby

On a recent call held by the Center for Dairy Excellence, several dairy leaders shared information and answered questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the dairy industry. Pennsylvania Department of Ag Secretary Russell Redding opened the session by expressing gratitude to all who are assisting farmers. (more…)

Crop Comments: Glyphosate celebrates wooden anniversary with French journalist

2020-04-15T17:25:35-05:00April 15, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

On www.eurekalert.org on March 2, 2020, McGill University published an article titled: “Widely used Weed-killer Harming Biodiversity.” The article’s subtitle states that glyphosate-based herbicides comprise the class of weed-killers most commonly used by the world’s crop growers. According to Canadian scientists at this Montreal-based institution, this most widely used group of ag chemicals can spawn loss of biodiversity, making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution, disease, and climate change. (more…)

Volunteering: Good for the mind, body and soul

2020-04-15T16:34:33-05:00April 15, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Jana L. Davidson, Education Content Specialist for the Progressive Agriculture Foundation

It’s hard to imagine a world without volunteers. Whether helping a friend, partaking in a litter clean-up, or hosting an event to raise money for a special need or cause, volunteers truly make the world go-round. People who volunteer, do not necessarily always have the time, but they have the heart and make time to support causes near and dear to them. (more…)

Check your depth when planting corn

2020-04-15T17:32:33-05:00April 15, 2020|Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Eric Nixon

With planting challenges still fresh in our minds from the 2019 planting season, understanding the importance of proper seed depth and spacing while planting in less than ideal soil conditions will benefit your corn crop with a great start this spring. A planting depth of 1.5 to 2 inches is optimal for nodal root development. It’s never recommended to plant shallower than 1.5 inches. (more…)