Grazing a mob

2013-07-19T07:42:44+00:00July 19th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CEWN-MR-3-Grazing a mob 2by Sally Colby
Although a group of dairy cattle isn’t typically referred to as a ‘mob,’ that’s what they are when they’re grazing a small section of highly nutritious pasture in a short amount of time.
USDA-ARS pasture researcher Dr. Kathy Soder says dairy farmers are asking a lot of questions about mob, or tall grazing, but there aren’t any firm answers. Soder and other researchers are working with farmers to determine the benefits of mob grazing.
“We were getting a lot of questions but didn’t have a good definition of it ourselves,” said Soder. “We talked with farmers who were, by self-description, mob-grazing, and asked what their definition was.” Soder noted the five farms involved in the study each have unique methods of mob grazing. One goal of the study is that the results of this preliminary study will help with funding of additional grazing research. (more…)

Ask A Lawyer

2013-07-19T07:34:10+00:00July 19th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

by Jay Girvin, Esq., Girvin & Ferlazzo. P.C.,Albany, New York
Q. What are the basic steps involved in the litigation of a civil case?
The New York State court system provides an orderly process for the adjudication of civil disputes between parties. All sorts of civil claims may be the subject of litigation — personal injury lawsuits, breach of contract actions and other commercial claims, real property disputes, civil rights actions, and a host of other claims arising under statute or common law. While the nature of the claims may be different from case to case, most civil cases filed in the New York Supreme Court follow the same basic path from beginning to conclusion. (more…)

Using Pinterest to market your business

2013-07-12T09:00:59+00:00July 12th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Katie Navarra
Tell your story. Build a community. Send traffic to your website. Social media of all types helps businesses spread the word about the products and services offered. Using social media sites to promote farm products, farmers markets and onsite events can be a cost effective way to increase sales.
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are by far the most frequently social media sites mentioned, but Pinterest is becoming an equally important outlet. (more…)

Late blight confirmed on tomato in New Jersey

2013-07-12T09:00:40+00:00July 12th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Late blight was confirmed in a commercial tomato field in Mercer Co., NJ around the end of June.
Other reports on tomato in the Mid-Atlantic region this season include a commercial field in Montgomery Co., MD and a greenhouse in Morgan Co., WV (US-23). There have been no confirmed reports on potato. The recent and forecasted storms across the state have made conditions more favorable for late blight. A protectant spray program is recommended and it is important to be scouting your crop regularly looking for irregularly shaped water-soaked lesions that are initially pale green before turning brown. Under humid conditions, the lesions on the underside of the leaf will sporulate giving them a white fuzzy appearance. The lesions will tend to develop on the upper to middle part of the plant as opposed to early blight and Septoria leaf spot that start on the lower leaves and progress up the plant. (more…)

Handling large bales safely

2013-07-12T09:00:37+00:00July 12th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

CN-MR-2-Large bales6213by Sally Colby
During baling season, time is at a premium and it’s easy for farmers to skip safety measures. But handling large round bales that weigh 700 to 800 pounds can be a dangerous and potentially deadly task.
Jim Carrabba, agricultural safety specialist with NYCAMH (New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health), has some tips for farmers who are working with large round bales.
Performing an operator’s check of all equipment prior to working with bales may prevent injury or even save a life. “We recommend a 360 degree walk around each machine before each use,” said Carrabba. “Check all the hydraulic hoses to make sure that they are not cracked, broken or worn. Look under the machine for puddles of fluid that would indicate a leak or a broken hose. Look for hydraulic fluid on the machine itself that might indicate a leak.” Carrabba explained an injury called high pressure injection injury, which is the result of a hydraulic hose that has a pinhole leak. “It can inject the fluid right into the person’s body. It’s a dangerous injury.” (more…)

Letter to the Editor- Has Congress failed the dairy farmer once again?

2013-07-12T09:00:27+00:00July 12th, 2013|Country Folks Article, Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

Has Congress failed the dairy farmer once again?
Certainly Congress has the American Dairy Farmer in their crosshairs! (Or maybe in shackles!) It’s time that Congress pulls the trigger and does something realistic for the dairy farmers; and we don’t mean any fiscal handouts for the dairymen.
The passage of the Goodlatte-Scott Amendment in the House prevents the undesirable supply management part of the Dairy Security Act from being in the proposed House version of the Farm Bill. (more…)

New York Farm Bureau President’s statement on Senate passage of Immigration reform

2013-07-05T08:25:20+00:00July 5th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

“Today’s (June 27) passage of comprehensive immigration reform is a major milestone for New York’s farmers. It addresses critical short and long term needs that will better provide a stable workforce on our farms. Those needs include allowing employees who are already skilled and working in this state to stay here and eventually obtain legal status. It’s gratifying to see the hard work New York Farm Bureau has demonstrated on behalf of our farm families result in real movement on this issue for the first time in years. (more…)

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Senate Immigration Bill passage

2013-07-05T08:23:46+00:00July 5th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

On June 27, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the Senate passage of the Immigration Bill: “Today’s strong bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate to fix America’s broken immigration system is good news for farmers and ranchers, good news for farm workers, and good news for rural America. The Senate plan would ensure the stable agricultural workforce that U.S. producers need in order to remain competitive with other (more…)

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on the failure of the House Farm Bill

2013-07-05T08:18:14+00:00July 5th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Western Edition|

On Thursday, June 20th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the House version of the 2013 Farm Bill, HR-1947. It received a solid trouncing, going down in defeat, 195 to 234. Obviously, the House leadership is challenged with a House majority that defies being led, compounded by an inherent inability to build consensus. Perhaps a dose of cluelessness, too: both Speaker John Boehner, (R-OH) and Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, Collin Peterson, (D-MN) were convinced they had the necessary votes for passage of HR-1947 until the vote was actually underway. Both were blindsided by botched vote estimates, then stunned and dismayed watching the best chance for a much anticipated 2013 Farm Bill go down the pipe!
Big question is now whether they will tweak HR-1947, try to rally support, (if that is even possible) and run it through again, or just re-up the currently extended 2008 Farm Bill when it expires on Sept. 30th. Currently, all concerned are licking wounds and crafting poisonous rhetoric to hurl at each other. Sadly, in the U.S. House, this is now what passes as business as usual, after a major legislative failure. (more…)

Precision Agriculture

2013-07-05T08:06:49+00:00July 5th, 2013|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, Western Edition|

CDM-MR-3-Precision-ag805by Steve Wagner
A cluster of people — the curious, the meticulous, those who were ‘just wondering’ and, of course, farmers — gathered on the edge of the field at Penn State’s Research Station in Landisville, Lancaster County PA. A PSU Extension Educator, agronomist Jeff Graybill, is preparing a test flight of a drone, one that is fashioned to look like a child’s model plane of advanced design. The mainstream news media is used to talking about much larger drone aircraft that are instrumental in political assassination or the tracking of specific persons or movements of people. But the function of this particular drone, purchased by Graybill with grant money, is to give farmers another tool with which to improve crop maintenance. From the air, photographs can zero in on specific tracts of land, even footage or inches if necessary. Graybill monitors on an iPad the images recorded by the (more…)