The William H. Miner

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July Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK:
GETTING RESEARCH ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Recently the National Research Council (NRC) published an important report entitled “Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability.” The NRC is our nation’s pre-eminent research body and has a long history of publishing insightful reports on science and society. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: AD LIBITUM FEEDING OF CALVES…
COST VS. BENEFIT?

When I was in the Summer Experience in Equine Management program in 1999, never did I dream that I would return to work here at Miner Institute as a Research Technician, and with dairy cows no less! read more

AGVOCATE FOR THE MOVEABLE MIDDLE

Farmers have a lot on their minds these days. There’s extreme flooding in some areas, drought in others, and milk prices are dropping with no end in sight. All the while, the consumer’s perception of agriculture is influencing farmers’ daily lives. read more

WATER WOES

A comment I’ve never forgotten from a seasoned (read: old) farmer: “In a wet year farmers worry to death; in a dry year they starve to death.” This from back in the late 1960s when Northern NY was just emerging from several consecutive dry growing seasons. read more

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GET YOUR GUT MICROBES INTO SHAPE WITH DAIRY PRODUCTS

Probiotics have been used for centuries to improve human gut health. A probiotic is a viable microorganism that offers beneficial effects when ingested by individuals. A recent article in the Journal of Dairy Science investigated the effect of probiotic fermented milk (PFM) influenced populations on the human gut microbiota. read more

STORE HARVESTED FORAGES BY CUTTING DATE OR HYBRID TYPE FOR MOST EFFICIENT USE

Much of the country has finished up first cut alfalfa and grass hay or silage. At Miner Institute we have received almost daily rainfall, resulting in challenging conditions for our farm crew to finish up the first cut on our hay crop forage for silage. Soon enough though, the farm crew will begin harvesting second cut. read more

MONARCH BUTTERFLY:
UNDER STRESS TRAVELERS NEED OUR SUPPORT

If someone were to ask you to name some butterfly species chances are the Monarch would top your list. For many people it may well be the only butterfly they could name! If you grow corn, the European corn borer butterfly will likely make your list as well. read more

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

June has been an unusually wet and cold month here at Miner Institute, along with other areas in the Northeast. The crops crew is patiently waiting in between rain storms to finish first cut hay. read more

CONSIDER BEFORE YOU CUT:
FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH LDA RECOVERY

Left displaced abomasum (LDA) is an unfortunate reality on all dairy farms. Recent research from the University of Guelph suggests that there may be two key factors associated with the short-term recovery of dairy cows after LDA surgery. read more

DYNAMIC NITROGEN MODELING TOOLS FOR CORN

Corn growers in the U.S. Corn Belt lose from $50 to $60 per acre due to nitrogen (N) management inefficiencies. While some level of N loss is inevitable and much of the N loss in wet years is unavoidable, experts believe opportunities exist to improve N use efficiency for corn production. read more

RETHINKING RUMINATION TIME:
MAKING SENSE OF MINUTES PER DAY

Difficult to tell from just minutes chewing per day. Cow A is chewing over 2 hrs more than cow B. Not until we know DMI intake does it become clear which cow is which; 28.4 lbs and 63.6 lbs for cows A and B, respectively. read more

WHAT IS JOHNE'S DISEASE COSTING YOU?

Johne’s disease, also called paratuberculosis, is caused by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP) and results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall that negatively affects absorption of nutrients and overall performance of cattle worldwide. In the US, it is estimated that MAP is present on over 90% of dairy herds! read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.

 

The Miner Institute Farm Report is written primarily for farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. Most articles deal with dairy and crops topics, but also included are articles dealing with environmental issues and global agriculture as well as editorial commentary.

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