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FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK:
A FUNDAMENTAL FOOD CHALLENGE

Here’s an inescapable fact: Many consumers have little scientific background, and it’s human nature to distrust what is not understood. read more

ALUMNI CORNER: ON THE ROAD WITH WANDA

Each year we plan a trip to somewhere out west with our Advanced Dairy Management students (college students usually in their Junior or Senior year of study), a few staff members from Miner Institute and other producers, veterinarians, consultants, and feed company representatives who want to join us for 4-6 days of adventure. read more

MINER RESEARCH WITH CORN SILAGE HYBRIDS

Corn silage is a major component of most lactating cow diets here in the Northeast, often accounting for 40 to 50% of the total diet. For that reason, dairy producers should focus on hybrid selection and management factors that affect silage quantity and quality. read more

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE FARM

It is fall on a dairy farm – can you guess what is occupying our time and thoughts - what is happening on the farm?! Corn and manure (OK, and some time is spent on the latest sightings on the deer cameras!). read more

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VET'S CORNER: COWVAL AND COW MANAGEMENT

What criteria do you use when making elective culling or breeding decisions? Production level, reproductive status, age, conformation, history of health events, and opinions likely guide your decisions for better or worse. read more

NAG, NAG, NAG

When writing Farm Report articles I sometimes feel like a parent nagging his kids about doing their household chores. Do this, do that, and do it now! But reminders are useful, so here are a few read more

WAITING ON GDD

I thought I might have some early returns on our corn silage harvest to discuss in this month’s Farm Report. However, as of our editorial deadline of the third Tuesday of the month (September 16), we have yet to chop any corn. read more

HARVESTING FROST-DAMAGED CORN

The 2014 corn silage harvest season is in full swing in the North Country. Fields planted in May are at or rapidly approaching optimum harvest moisture range (33-35% dry matter). While the 2014 growing season turned out to be much better than many would have predicted in late May, read more

CONSUMERS ARE CONFUSED,
AND GOOGLE SEARCHES AREN'T HELPING

In a recent conversation with a member of the non-farming community I was asked: Why do dairy farmers store manure under white plastic covered in tires? I explained that dairy farmers store forages (“food for the cows”) in bunker silos read more

THE SCOOP ON RUMEN-PROTECTED LYSINE

Methionine and lysine are recognized as limiting amino acids for lactating dairy cows fed a typical corn-grain based diet in North America. Due to microbial utilization and limited availability of methionine and lysine in feed protein, supplementation of these two amino acids is often required to maintain lactational performance and health. read more

FORCED TO FEED NEWLY-HARVESTED CORN SILAGE?

Corn silage harvest is currently under way for much of the U.S. or just finishing up for those lucky enough to get corn planted early this year. Due to poor weather conditions during the 2013 growing season, corn silage inventory is tight for many dairy producers read more

GLOBAL FOOD PRODUCTION AND LOCAL LAND USE

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, China will import almost one-third of all food available in the world by 2030. This will likely drive up food costs as many countries simply responding to market forces increase exports to China. read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Comment

He who smiles during a crisis has found someone to blame.

 

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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