UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a study by a team of researchers at Penn State and EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. [Read more…]
Becoming trapped in a grain bin is fatal over half the time. What you decide to do in the first 10 minutes after finding someone trapped may save a life. If you decide to do the wrong things, you may just make the situation worse. [Read more…]
Dale Thompson grew up on a dairy farm, and recalls that his family was in and out of the dairy business for 32 years. “We also had beef cattle off and on,” said Dale, “and we had hog houses too.” [Read more…]
At 74-years-young, Herbert Zeager of Limestoneville, PA in Montour County is still farming 350 acres; feeding Angus steers for beef — about 100 at a time — and caring for guinea keets from the time they are delivered to his barn at one day old until they are less temperature-sensitive and better able to take care of themselves. With the part-time help of his son John, Zeager raises and turns over about 10,000 guinea fowl every 15 weeks. [Read more…]
Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.
“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]
FANCY GAP, VA – Five years ago, Barry Iroler embarked on a post-retirement occupation, growing wholesale pumpkins, with no inkling that the operation would become a second career and a totally different type of business: a popular pick-your-own (PYO) pumpkin patch with a variety of family-oriented agritourism options.
Being from Carroll County – a major pumpkin-producing region – it was easy for Iroler to decide to grow pumpkins, specifically Aladdins that first year. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — Meadow Green Abso Fanny–Red–ET, owned and exhibited by Frank Borba, Mike Berry and Triple-T Holsteins of North Lewisburg, Ohio, was named Supreme Champion to conclude the 2016 All-American Dairy Show on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
The 5-year-old rose above all of the cattle, representing seven dairy breeds, to earn the title of Supreme Cow. This is the second year a Red and White Cow has claimed this honor. The Supreme Champion Award was sponsored by Cargill of Shippensburg, Cumberland County. [Read more…]
For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]