May 19, 2013

Farm briefs: May 19, 2013


---- — State hay stocksat record low; wheat up

ALBANY — Winter-wheat production in New York is forecast at 7.37 million bushels, up 38 percent from the 2012 crop, according to Blair Smith, state statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

An increase in acreage harvested and a record-equaling yield resulted in the higher production. Acreage is estimated at 110,000, up 25,000 from last year and yields are expected to average 67 bushels per acre.

New York hay stocks on farms May 1 totaled only 150,000 tons, a record low level. Last year there were 327,000 tons stored on farms.

Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.49 billion bushels, down 10 percent from 2012. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 32.7 million acres, down 6 percent from last year. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 45.4 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from the previous year.

All hay stored on United States farms May 1 totaled 14.2 million tons, down 34 percent from a year ago. This is the lowest May 1 stocks level on record. Disappearance from Dec. 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013 totaled 62.4 million tons, compared with 69.3 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

Record-low May 1 hay stocks levels were also established in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin. With the exception of California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and South Carolina, hay stocks as a percent of production decreased from last year nationwide.

Last year’s historic drought led to a substantial decrease in hay production and therefore beginning stocks for many states. In many areas, the limited availability of native feedstuffs forced producers to feed their herds earlier than normal. Additionally, a cold, wet spring has limited pasture growth causing prolonged dependence on supplemental roughage and feedstuffs in portions of the Midwest.

Ward Lumber to host Goat Night

JAY — Ward Lumber is hosting a free Goat Night on Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for anyone interested in learning about or raising goats.

Seminar topics include Breeding (selection of breeding stock, buck and doe physiology, heat cycles); Kidding (supplies needed, what to do with mom and the kids); Milking (How to milk properly, storing and using milk); Kid Care (feeding and weaning, medications, commons problems and how to avoid them). Kids will be on hand and there will be a milking demonstration.

The guest speaker is Rose Bartiss from Rose’s Goats. She has been raising dairy goats near Vermontville for more than nine years. In 2011, Bartiss started the Adirondack Goat Club to bring together goat owners and enthusiasts all over the area. The mission of the club is to create a network of people who can rely on each other for help with their goats, for the sharing of information and equipment, and for the sale and trade of quality animals.

Bartiss will share what she has learned over the years with attendees of Goat Night to help goat owners and aspiring goat owners learn how to take good care of their animals and raise happy, healthy goats.

The event is free, and there will be prize drawings, pizza and refreshments. To register, go to or call Kim at 946-2110, Ext. 120.

Farming in the Basin twilight meeting to be held

WILLSBORO — A program in the Farming in the Basin series will be held Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Woods “n” River Farm, LLC, 647 Sunset Drive in Willsboro.

This is the second in a series of on-farm meetings that will focus on lake-friendly farming practices and techniques. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are collaborating to hold this event.

This meeting will focus on grazing and will be at the farm of David and Anne Lincoln, who practice rotational grazing on their beef-cattle operation.

Rich Redman, a recently retired conservationist from the USDA NRCS, will discuss the importance of rotational grazing, erosion control and pasture best management practices to improve grazing profits. Tiffany Pinheiro of the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering farmers information on how the Agricultural Environmental Management program can help plan and implement practices to improve their grazing system. Myra Lawyer, the agronomist from the Lake Champlain Basin Program in New York, will also be there to help answer any grazing questions.

Contact the Essex County Soil and Water District, 962-8225, or Clinton County CCE, 561-7450, for directions to the farm and registration, or email Peter Hagar at for more information.