Oct 21, 2008 — Two years ago, David Sommerstein spent a year reporting from Bob Andrews' dairy farm in St. Lawrence County. He wanted to learn what farmers did day-to-day, month-to-month. But about this time of the year, he missed the corn harvest. Well, it took awhile, but David made it to this year's harvest, a challenging one at that, for A Year on the Farm, revisited. Go to full article
Diane Andrews prepares for the afternoon milking in the milk house.
Dec 25, 2006 — As the year comes to an end, so does our series A Year on the Farm. David Sommerstein's been sending regular postcards from Bob Andrews 80-cow dairy near Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County. We've learned about calving and plowing and harvesting, round bales and square bales. But what REALLY makes dairy different from any other kind of farming are the daily milkings. That's where the series started, and that's where it'll end. Go to full article
Oct 20, 2006 — This year, David Sommerstein's been sending monthly audio postcards from Bob Andrews' 80-cow dairy farm near Gouverneur. At this time of year, farmers are in high gear to batten down the hatches for winter. They're stowing away machinery and trying to get that last cutting in from the fields to top off the silo. Here's another edition of A Year on the Farm. Go to full article
Bob's more than six feet tall, so the corn really is high...
Aug 28, 2006 — This year, David Sommerstein's spending time each month on one dairy farm to learn more about what farmers do every day. The series is called A Year on the Farm. Our willing farmer is Bob Andrews in the town of Fowler near Gouverneur. Last episode, David learned all about hay. The other big crop for dairy farmers is corn, and it's Bob Andrews' favorite. So today's edition of A Year on the Farm is an ode to corn. Go to full article
Aug 14, 2006 — Everywhere you look this time of year, you see miles and miles of hay. Hay in round bales, square bales, wrapped in white plastic, lined in long strips across fields, piled in a big wagon hitched to the back of a tractor. This year, David Sommerstein's spending time on Bob Andrews' dairy near Gouverneur to learn the ins and outs of farming. Today's episode of A Year on the Farm is all about hay. Go to full article
Feb 23, 2006 — It's the time of year when calf pens pop up across the North Country landscape. It's easy to forget that making milk is really about making baby cows. They don't call it "animal husbandry" for nothing. David Sommerstein's doing a year of stories on the ins and outs of life on a dairy farm. Today, dry and freshened cows, calving, and the reproductive business of a dairy farm. Go to full article