June 15, 2014

Farm briefs: June 15, 2014

Rulfs Orchard to hold annual Strawberry Festival

PLATTSBURGH — Rulfs Orchard is celebrating strawberry season at the annual Rulfs Orchard Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival boasts all things strawberry including pie, shortcake, cookies, cupcakes, smoothies and more.

The fruitful fete will also feature all day fun for the entire family with music from WOKO and Speedy Arnold, horse-drawn wagon rides from Country Dreams Farm, a strawberry shortcake eating contest, a strawberry rhubarb pie baking competition, U-pick strawberries, kids games and Meriloons the Clown.

Attendees may enter their best strawberry rhubarb pie into the pie competition where it will be judged on presentation, taste and general delectableness. Pies should have local ingredients (no pie fillings), ready-made crusts are allowed, pies with nuts must be clearly labeled, pies must be in disposable tins and Rulfs Orchard reserves the right to disqualify pies.

Pies can be dropped off by 1:30 p.m. at the pavilion. There are two divisions for the competition, junior (under 18) and adult.

“Strawberry season is one of our favorite seasons at Rulfs,” Shannon Rulfs, manager of Rulfs Orchard, stated. “The strawberry festival is a way to celebrate this year’s crop and provide entertainment and education to families within our community.”

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Agency IDs corn substitutes for dairy diet

CHAZY — The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) and Miner Institute have released the results of the first comprehensive analysis of products that can substitute for corn in dairy-cow rations.

Corn is an expensive, starchy commodity often mixed into dairy-cow feed rations. A Cornell University field survey showing that high-production dairies in the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwest were successful feeding lower starch diets prompted interest by farmers in Northern New York to evaluate economically feasible replacements for corn grain in dairy rations. 

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