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…)

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…)

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…)

Conservation award and grazing success

2018-09-14T15:22:40+00:00September 14th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Will and Kelly Smith of Deep Roots Valley Farm in Berks County, PA, recently hosted a Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) field day, focused on multispecies grazing techniques. With roughly four dozen attendees, the event highlighted the conservation strategies, grazing techniques and direct marketing strategies which have helped to make the farm successful. (more…)

Crop Comments: Climate change, climate cycle or both?

2018-09-14T15:13:29+00:00September 14th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Two significant climate-related events are drawing a lot of my attention. The first one was an on-farm seminar which was written up in last week’s Country Folks. Elizabeth Tomlin wrote the article titled “Climate Smart Farming encouraged at twilight meeting”. The seminar was held last month at the Mosher Farm in Bouckville, NY. (more…)