2015 Penn State’s Ag Progress Days

CEW-MR-3-AG-PROGRESS-DAYS_03611by Bill and Mary Weaver

Thousands of people, from babies in strollers to middle-aged farmers in earnest discussions with vendors, to older folks riding the hilly terrain in golf carts, thronged to all three days of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Event, Aug. 18-20. [Read more…]

Wheat, corn, vomitoxin and last hauls

CEW-MR-1-WHEAT_05891by Steve Wagner

“Wheat is looking about as pretty as I’ve seen it for a long time,” said Perdue’s Dick Cole, while speaking at the 2015 edition of Farming for Success at Penn State’s Research Station in Landisville recently. Cole added there were some of the better yields in the area despite having a shortfall, “meaning that it was planted late, didn’t have a lot of tillery in the fall and didn’t have a lot of tillery in the spring because it was a short spring.” [Read more…]

Horse need new home? Consider donating

CE-MR-1-Consider-donating121by Marilyn Munzert

Your wonderful competition horse just isn’t what he used to be. Whether he’s showing his age or a little unsoundness has cropped up, maybe he’s stopping at 3-foot jumps he used to sail over. Maybe, just when you thought you were ready for Second level, his hocks are getting too iffy for collected work. Or maybe he’s just jumped around one cross country course too many. You’ve helped him along with a well-planned show schedule, regular shoeing, chiropractic, joint supplements and the judicious use of such monsteroidal and inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) as bute. But in most cases there comes a day when even you have to admit that those efforts aren’t enough. [Read more…]

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds tomato talk

CN-MR-3-TOMATO-TALK_31by Rachel Carter

A few weeks ago, a consortium of local vegetable growers gathered at the Albion, ME research farm of Johnny’s Selected Seeds with one task in mind, to discuss the obstacles and opportunities related to growing tomatoes in the New England region.

The Tomato Growers Roundtable is a conduit for growers to listen to their peers and collaborate on potential solutions to the most prevalent issues. Topics ranged from thinning and pruning and planting density to disease and fertility challenges. [Read more…]