Creating an added-value dairy

CM-MR-2-SIMPLY-NATURAL_05861by Sally Colby

Neil Moye and his brother David had been raising crops and livestock in Greene County, North Carolina for close to 30 years, but they hadn’t tried dairy farming. A couple of Jersey cows changed that.“We had a little two-stanchion barn and my boys did the milking with a bucket milker,” said Neil.“We did that for several years and as the boys started to get older, they continued their interest in dairy farming.” [Read more…]

Building on history, cattleman E.B. Harris sets an example to be remembered

CM-MR-3-E-B-HARRIS_7c1by Karl H. Kazaks

INEZ, NC — This is a story of an exemplary farmer who can trace his success to a dizzying failure.

This is the story of the varied history – encompassing the development of great wealth, war, decline, resurrection, a young man being forced to grow up quickly and another resurrection – of one piece of land, in the far eastern reaches of North Carolina’s Piedmont. [Read more…]

CATRA’s miniature horses and donkeys

CEW-MR-3-DONKEY-DAY_99011by Bill and Mary Weaver

Ben Nolt, President and Co-Founder of Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA), narrated for CATRA’s “Miniature Horse Extravaganza” as his all-volunteer assistants put the miniature horses and donkeys through their paces and tricks at the Main Horse Area at Ag Progress Days 2015. [Read more…]

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…]