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…]

What’s happening next with soybeans?

CM-MR-1-SOYBEAN-FUTURE_05851by Steve Wagner

“What’s new in soybeans?” asked Monsanto’s Bryan Dillehay, the lead-off speaker at Penn State’s 2015 Farming for Success seminar. Though he lives in Missouri, Dillehay is no stranger to Penn State, having received his Masters and Ph.D in Agronomics from the University. “I don’t want to talk about things four or five years down the road, but hopefully things you’ll be able to buy this fall and plant next spring,” he said. [Read more…]

Surfer Dude reigns

CN-MR-3-SURFER-DUDE_1651by Laura Rodley

There are horses throughout history that gain notoriety, living on in people’s hearts long after they’re gone. Roy Roger’s horse Trigger comes to mind, as does Misty — a wild pony made famous in the 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, penned by Marguerite Henry. Another, a possible descendant of Misty, is Surfer Dude; a stallion born and raised on the Island of Assateague, one of the few stallions that guard the north and south herds on Assateague Island — a federal reserve for wild horses. [Read more…]