The William H. Miner

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Miner Institute
Farm Report

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK: HEAT STRESS, FORAGES, & FEEDING

Summer’s heat is no doubt here as you read this Farm Report. There are many good sources of information for heat abatement systems – fans, sprinklers, and so forth. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: MILK FEVER: MORE THAN DOWN COWS

Hypocalcemia (milk fever) is a disease of calcium availability affecting transition cows, especially at the start of lactation. Clinical hypocalcemia affects a small proportion of fresh cows read more

DON’T SKIMP ON DRY COW COOLING

Recently I visited with two dairy producers regarding their plans to build a transition barn. Both sets of blueprints included freestall pens for far-off and fresh cows and bedded packs for close-up cow and springing heifers. read more

IMPACTS OF HEAT STRESS

Heat stress is a problem throughout the country, even for us here in northern New York. Not only do we have a direct milk loss due to heat stress, but the hot temperatures and the associated behaviors have a negative effect on our cows’ health. read more

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TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT’S LEFT ON THE CORN FIELD

Biofuels production has added to the costs of using corn silage for dairy cattle. As the demands for biofuel production have increased, the use of land to produce food for agriculture has decreased, forcing animal agriculture to find alternative means to feed livestock. read more

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

Here in the Plattsburgh area the relative humidity fluctuates throughout the year and can reach 80% at times during the summer months, which is above the U.S. average humidity. read more

MIDSUMMER MALADIES IN ALFALFA FIELDS

Stuff happens in alfalfa fields during the summer that you don’t see earlier in the growing season. Leafhoppers can take their sweet time making their way up from the South, with their arrival depending on weather systems and wind currents. read more

AGRICULTURAL ADVOCACY:
RESPECTING BOTH SIDES OF THE DISCUSSION

As activist groups continually protest and new anti-agriculture videos are released, our industry is commonly on the defensive about our farms and management practices. While important and useful, defensive tactics should retire as our primary advocacy strategy. read more

ESTIMATING CORN SIDEDRESS NITROGEN (N) RATES IN A WET SPRING

The weather of the 2014 growing season has already offered farmers plenty of challenges. Very wet conditions in May were followed by just enough rain in June to keep lower lying areas wet. read more

FIRST CUT 2014, EARLY RETURNS

As many had forecast, first cutting 2014 was delayed by about 2 weeks here at Miner. The cold winter/spring carried right into May, considerably late given the past few years though not far from the 30-year average temperatures. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

Some people should use a glue stick instead of a chap stick.

 

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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