Managing an FMD outbreak

2021-08-17T11:13:37-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

When a serious disease breaks in a foreign country, people tend to think “That won’t happen here.” But when COVID-19 emerged and threatened the U.S., that thinking quickly changed. During the 2001 foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the UK, images of livestock being tossed into pits drew U.S. farmers closer to the reality of dealing with a highly contagious viral livestock disease. (more…)

Estimating winter hay needs

2021-08-17T11:09:19-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

With corn prices up and futures uncertain, many cattlemen will rely more heavily on stored forages this coming winter. But what if hay was baled late, was rained on or came from a particularly poor stand? Perhaps the ideal haymaking window came and went too many times, a new field was skipped because it was just starting to mature or a neighbor offered a field that hadn’t been cut and baled for several years. (more…)

Rethinking deworming of beef cattle: Deworming strategies and combination dewormers

2021-08-17T11:03:17-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

With beef cattle parasites becoming increasingly resistant to available deworming treatments, what’s next for managing internal parasites? A new dewormer would be helpful, but Dr. Ray Kaplan, parasitologist and professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, said it’s unrealistic to expect that any time soon. (more…)

A look at workforce development

2021-08-17T11:20:45-05:00August 17, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Stephen Wagner

“For some years now, Penn State has been focused on growing labor shortages,” said Sara Gligora, a special assistant in workforce development and central regional director at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. “PDA has been looking at addressing issues at all levels, from youth all the way up to adult and dislocated workers, and workers looking for a career change.” (more…)

The ‘pick-and-roll’ pasture renovation play

2021-08-17T11:22:11-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

The pick-and-roll is a classic offensive play used in basketball. First comes the pick – player A has the ball and a teammate, player B, will put their body in front of the defender who is guarding playing A. Player B then rolls to the basket. Player A then passes to player B for an easy shot. (more…)

Different grains for different markets

2021-08-17T15:21:19-05:00August 12, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Courtney Llewellyn

During this year’s Grains Week, a lot of attention was paid to the plants that go into making beer and brown liquors, but there are myriad market channels for grains. Discussing some of the ones tackled at her farm was Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, NY, where she and her husband Klaas have been rotating grains for more than 30 years. (more…)

Northeast senators bundle with farmers’ livelihoods

2021-08-17T15:22:15-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly|

by Troy Bishopp

It seems everyone is “bundling” these days, from insurance companies and internet providers to auctioneers and flea market pickers. Bundling is generally used to consolidate and lower prices. It’s also used to get what you want by taking a few lesser items you don’t necessarily prefer. Farmers know this art and science of haggling and bundling very well – and most farmers are wary of the bundle, especially from politicians. (more…)

Forage sampling reveals quality

2021-07-27T10:53:31-05:00July 27, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Feeding nutritious forage is a vital part of promoting animal health and welfare. Dr. Amanda Grev, forage specialist with University of Maryland Extension, recommends forage sampling and testing to ensure forage is meeting animals’ nutritional needs. She presented “Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation” as a recent webinar hosted by MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture and UME. (more…)

Hay days of summer

2021-07-15T15:06:03-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Frank Gringeri

Usually, we start cutting hay around the end of May. It never got hot and dry and we didn’t have three good days the whole month of June. Maybe July will have a different personality. I’m not sure horse owners know the kind of work that goes into making a good bale of hay. This is what you need to get it done. (more…)

Summer fairs give a sense of a new normal

2021-07-15T14:50:49-05:00July 15, 2021|New England Farm Weekly|

by Hannah Majewski

COVID-19 left many 4-H members unable to participate in their last 4-H experience before heading off to work or college. Long-time participants could not enter the show ring for their “Fit and Show” class, set up an exhibit or camp out with their friends and family at the fairgrounds one last time. For many youth, 4-H at the fair became an integral part of their summer – something they looked forward to every year. COVID-19 took away their chance to say goodbye to something that had become a staple in their lives. (more…)

Labeling dairy foods

2021-07-15T15:22:52-05:00July 15, 2021|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Those who have added on-farm processing to the dairy farm enterprise are required to label products according to federal guidelines, and in most cases, state guidelines as well. Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor, Penn State Food Science, discussed federal guidelines for farmers who are developing dairy food labels. (more…)