Dry weather troublesome for local farms

The lack of rain is drying out north country corn crops, such as this one on North Community Drive in the town of Rutland. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The lack of rain is drying out north country corn crops, such as this one on North Community Drive in the town of Rutland. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Year to year, north country farmers expect hot spells and dry weather, but not enough that it would severely affect crops. [Read more…]

June 2016: DBAs

DBA (doing business under an assumed name) certificates filed at the Jefferson County Clerk’s office April 4 to April 28, 2016 [Read more…]

Dairy farms install robotic milking systems to offset $15 wage

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm as a way offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal, seen here in use Friday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm as a way offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal, seen here in use Friday. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Dairyman Jeffrey C. Murrock said a robotic milking system was recently installed at his farm, a move made to offset the potential impact of the governor’s $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

July 2015 Feature Story: Agriculture

A growth investment

Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms, Ellisburg, stands on his County Route 79 farm during the summer of 2006. Mr. Shelmidine recently purchaced the neighboring 298-acre farm for a record per-acre price of about $6,500, or $2.3 million total. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms, Ellisburg, stands on his County Route 79 farm during the summer of 2006. Mr. Shelmidine recently purchaced the neighboring 298-acre farm for a record per-acre price of about $6,500, or $2.3 million total. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

298-acre Ellisburg farm purchased for $2.3 million

By Ted Booker, NNY Business [Read more…]

Sheland Farms buys Clover Crest Farm in Ellisburg for $2.3 million

ELLISBURG — Dairyman Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms on County Route 79, recently bought a neighboring dairy farm for $2.3 million. [Read more…]