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…]

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…]

Meeting challenges for a brighter future

Brian Muto, a manager at Locust Hill Farm, Mannsville, lifts the lid of a seed bucket on a tractor used to plant corn. The farm grows about 20,000 acres of corn in southern Jefferson and northern Oswego counties. Precision-planting technology has enabled the farm to maximize crop yields and save money. Photo by Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

Northern New York farmers overcome obstacles, employ innovations that put  region on course for continued success [Read more…]