Climate smart decisions highlighted

2018-10-15T20:47:38+00:00October 15th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

DEANSBORO, NY — The weather is always on the mind of farmers; sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always relevant for folks on the front line of land stewardship. As India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, put it, “The choices that we make today will define our collective future. The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology, and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices.” (more…)

Crop Comments: Jump-starting soil biology

2018-10-15T20:08:29+00:00October 15th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

A few years ago, a friend of mine who lives in a Mediterranean country was visiting upstate New York. As we rode around the countryside, he asked me why there was so much abandoned farmland. I told him small-dairy farmers once rented and worked those fields that we had just driven by (mostly three to five acres). (more…)

Going retail Bolsters Dairy

2018-09-28T15:22:39+00:00September 28th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

After decades of dairying, Will Comley of Mexico, NY knows volumes about the industry. With the third straight year of low milk prices, he knew that his dairy, like many other family-owned dairies, was in trouble late last year. (more…)

Holstein is Top Cow, Red & White Top Heifer at the Premier National Junior Show

2018-09-28T14:46:31+00:00September 28th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

HARRISBURG, PA – Brooke Carey’s Titusville, PA, four-year-old cow, Plum-Line Reginald Velovr, won the title of Supreme Champion Cow on Sept. 17 during the 2018 Premier National Junior Show in Harrisburg. The Holstein was awarded Senior Champion and Grand Champion Holstein before winning the overall title. (more…)

Cover crops take flight

2018-10-07T10:09:28+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Troy Bishopp

TOWANDA, PA — With the advent of the 2009 TMDL “pollution diet” regulations in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the fever pitch of soil health initiatives, farmers and their respective agency and industry partners across the Upper Susquehanna River Watershed have been tinkering with getting the precious cover crops in, earlier and earlier. (more…)

2018 Wyoming County 4-H State Fair youth building results

2018-09-25T16:05:46+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

2018 Wyoming County 4-H State Fair youth building results

WARSAW, NY — One hundred and eighty-five exhibits from Wyoming County 4-H’ers were on exhibit and judged at this year’s New York State Fair in Syracuse, Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Monday, Sept. 3. A breakdown of 128 blues, 39 reds, 5 whites, and 13 participation ribbons (including Cloverbud exhibits) were awarded to Wyoming County 4-H exhibits. (more…)

Crop Comments: Mini Town Hall meeting

2018-09-25T08:54:40+00:00September 25th, 2018|Eastern Edition|

Go back in history to the 1930s, where we can show that Delaware County produced more milk than any other county in the U.S. Fluid milk in cans was transported by trains to New York City. A large proportion of milk was made into butter right in Delaware County; much of the resulting skim milk was fed to hogs. (more…)

Beef Quality Assurance training advocates stewardship

2018-09-25T08:09:37+00:00September 25th, 2018|Western Edition|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

In an effort to ensure consumer confidence in the beef industry and instill best management practices in producing healthy cattle, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Oneida County recently offered a level 1, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training program, led by Marylynn Collins, Oneida County CCE Dairy & Livestock Educator. (more…)