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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The importance of understanding farm economics

2019-03-18T16:00:48-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

AUBURN, NY — In many farm households, the husband handles all the finances while the wife may have little interaction with them. That’s why Mark Modzeleski, financial advisor with Legacy Wealth Advisors of New York in Syracuse, presented “Turning the Famine into a Feast” at the recent Central New York Regional Conference for Women.

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American Angus Association raises awareness on EPDs for PAP

2019-03-19T09:33:06-05:00March 18, 2019|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tina L. LaVallee

On Feb. 1, 2019, the American Angus Association made public the first set of research EPDs for pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP). The goal of this new EPD is to help producers select breeding stock that are less susceptible to High Altitude Disease, a potentially fatal condition affecting cattle exposed to elevations of 5,000 feet and above. The current research EPDs consist of A.I. permitted bulls with accuracy values of .40 or higher for trait, as determined through the combined databases of the American Angus Association, Colorado State University, Angus Genetics Inc. (AIG) and Dr. Tim Holt.

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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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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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