17th Annual Strolling of the Heifers

2018-06-22T11:35:28+00:00June 22nd, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

The theme of the 17th Annual Strolling of the Heifers was “May the Farms be with You,” an agricultural take on the iconic Star Wars phrase, “May the force be with you.” Those in the stroll took the phrase to heart. There were strollers decked in full gleaming Stormtrooper garb and masks leading their calves and cows at the beginning of the parade. Others carried banners reading, “May the Farm be With You,” down the main streets of Brattleboro, VT on June 2. (more…)

New technology may aid in control of calf scours

2018-06-22T11:31:13+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by George Looby, DVM         

The control and management of calf scours has been a problem in cattle operations since the beginning of the modern era of dairy husbandry. For the purposes of this report this dates back to the early years of the last century. The newborn dairy calf has long been recognized a candidate for scours and despite advances in management and treatment it remains with us. (more…)

Crop Comments: Super-weeds, now super-bugs

2018-06-21T13:41:43+00:00June 21st, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

My Canadian cyber-sentry E. Ann Clark, PhD… retired agronomy professor from Ontario’s Guelph University… e-mailed me an article titled “Former ‘Billion Dollar Bug’ is Mounting a Come-back”. The sub-title read: “The corn rootworm pest has developed resistance to GM (genetically modified) Bt insecticidal toxin.” This article, appearing June 15, 2018, online at AgWeb.com, was written by Sonja Begemann. (more…)

The innovation connection

2018-06-15T13:57:54+00:00June 15th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by George Looby, DVM

In early May, the Cushman Farm in Franklin, CT played host to a rather unique get together of people from agriculture, industry and engineering regarding issues affecting agriculture. Traditionally there has been very little collaboration on research projects among the various schools and colleges that make up a university. (more…)

Crop Comments: Dry conditions point to sorghum

2018-06-15T13:54:09+00:00June 15th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

This morning (Tuesday) Frank, one of my crop program advisees, called to tell me that he had finished first cutting. This Central New York farmer crops about 150 acres of mixed mostly grass hay baleage; most of that land is rented. He raises a few beef cattle, and works some off-farm at a machinery dealership. (more…)

The Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue

2018-06-08T10:03:22+00:00June 8th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by George Looby, DVM

There are many instances that certain horses have found themselves in circumstances well beyond their control with owners who have neither the time, the talent, the disposition or the resources to care for them. Every year there are heart- wrenching stories of horses who are rescued by regulatory authorities after having been found in deplorable conditions. (more…)

Intimidating news for farmers regarding tickborne diseases

2018-06-08T10:01:56+00:00June 8th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Hope Holland

The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick, also known as the East Asian tick, the longhorned tick, and the bush tick, has been found in three nearby states — New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia. The Maryland Department of Agriculture urges animal owners to check livestock and pets for this new, exotic species, and to report any unusual ticks or high volumes of tick bites to the department’s Animal Health Program office. (more…)