Build for a sustainable match

2020-03-27T16:30:17-05:00March 27, 2020|Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Solar power is one of the fastest-growing segments of renewable energy – it’s hard to find an area that hasn’t had some degree of solar development. While interest in solar is growing, there’s limited space for roof-mounted solar systems. Such systems provide ample kW production for one farm, but there is a growing need for large-scale ground-mounted solar systems. Preparation for ground-mounted systems is a costly segment of the overall project, and usually results in some level of disturbance to the existing ecosystem. (more…)

Milk price outlook

2020-03-26T10:56:44-05:00March 26, 2020|Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Commodity risk analyst Katie Burgess, Blimling and Associates, works with clients across the dairy supply chain to build and execute risk management strategies. She tracks on-farm margins across the U.S., and also monitors global milk production economics. (more…)

Clean data means accurate data

2020-03-13T10:56:17-05:00March 13, 2020|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

WATERLOO, NY – Staying clean is pretty hard for many farmers to do. But keeping “clean” data is vital for determining an accurate yield potential database.

Jodi Putman, field crops specialist with Cornell’s Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team, presented “The Processing/Cleaning of Soybean Yield Monitor Data for Standardized Yield Maps Across Farms, Fields and Years” at the recent Soybean & Small Grain Congress. (more…)

Assessing and preventing forage winter kill

2020-03-13T10:55:08-05:00March 13, 2020|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Whether you’re grazing animals on perennial pastures or baling your alfalfa for hay, keeping your stands healthy and high-yielding takes management. Some factors can be controlled, while others, such as damage from winter kill, are contributed to Mother Nature. While farmers can’t control the weather, there are some manageable factors which impact the winter hardiness of forage stands. (more…)

Farmers as watershed contractors

2020-03-26T11:23:47-05:00March 6, 2020|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

LATHAM, NY – The 12th Annual Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference stirred the minds of farmers with talk of expanding Northeast ruminant meat production, learning marketing skills and seeing the opportunities of solar array grass maintenance with “sheep-mowers.” But perhaps the most thought-provoking big idea came from Vermonter Abe Collins, who presented a compelling plan to hire farmers as watershed contractors, along with producing food. (more…)