Tractor work before the work

2018-05-04T11:18:11+00:00May 4th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Because tractors provide power on nearly every farm, it’s important to know how to check them prior to use. Dr. Michael Pate, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State University, says spending some time doing maintenance checks prior to heading to the field can save time and money. (more…)

Global meat trade: The value opportunity

2018-04-27T09:40:08+00:00April 27th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner

“I work for the U.S. Meat Export Federation,” said John Hinners as he addressed the Keystone Pork Expo and Poultry Progress Day attendees. “We represent the beef, pork and lamb industry. We are non-profit. And you may not have heard a lot about us because we are positioned around the world and are not so up front in the United States.” (more…)

Sensors: Crops, animal and food safety monitoring

2018-04-27T09:38:17+00:00April 27th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Tamara Scully

Advances in precision agriculture are allowing farmers to better control inputs and maximize the use of resources. This technology includes Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in the field, robotic milking equipment on dairy farms, mechanical pruning of vineyards, and a variety of tools such as weather monitors or remote soil sensors. (more…)

Maryland’s Fairdale Braiden Shey ET awarded Brown Swiss Reserve Junior Champion at NYS 2018 Spring Dairy Carousel

2018-04-20T09:53:30+00:00April 20th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

“The numbers are really strong this year!” commented New York Holstein Association Executive Manager Kelly Reynolds.

New York Holstein Association sponsors the annual, highly esteemed, dairy show, where seven major dairy breeds are represented in what is recognized as the largest event of its kind in North America, with thousands of folks attending the 4-day event. (more…)

Buying used machinery

2018-04-16T09:28:38+00:00April 16th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer

Pressure to reduce input costs for farm products has led to an active market of quality used machinery. It is relatively simple to determine the condition of many types of field implements, but tractor and combine evaluation can present more difficulties. Much of the problem stems from wear points being located inside the machine. (more…)