What does the price crystal ball say?

CNM-MR-1-Crystal Ball396by Katie Navarra

If pricing were as simple as looking into a crystal ball farmers could rest easy knowing they were selling their crops at a price that is sustainable for the farm and what the market could bear.

“Small and mid-size producers are often shooting from their hip (when setting prices),” said Bob Weybright, Business Agricultural Economic Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program. [Read more…]

Interim dean recognized at Government/Industry Day luncheon

CEW-MR-2-GovDay029by Jon M. Casey

Dr. Barbara Christ, Ph.D., senior associate dean and professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was recognized for her service as interim dean at the Government/Industry Day luncheon, hosted by Penn State at Ag Progress Days on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Christ has served as interim dean for the past two years, while a search for previous department dean’s replacement took place. Christ will be turning the responsibilities over to newly appointed dean, Dr. Richard Roush, on Oct. 1, 2014. [Read more…]

Increasing soybean productivity tour offers helpful advice

CEWM-MR-2-SoybeanTour1by Jon M. Casey

At Ag Progress Days 2014, the Management Tactics for High-yielding Soybeans Tour offered practical tips for soybean producers who were looking for advice. Hosted by Penn State’s Dr. Greg Roth and Ohio State’s Dr. Randall Reeder, attendees for the fifth and final session on Thursday came away with several key observations that could give profitable results next growing season. [Read more…]

Ag Progress Days 2014 delivers despite rainy weather

CEWM-MR-2-JonCaseyAPD081by Jon M. Casey

This year’s Ag Progress Days (APD), held Aug. 12-14 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs, PA, proved to be just as interesting, exciting and educational as always. Despite steady rainfall on Tuesday and brief showers early on Wednesday, “Government Day,” many of the more than 400 exhibitors found that this year’s rainy start didn’t deter farmers from taking advantage of these conditions to come explore the latest in technology and methods. Even with the rain, indoor exhibitors reported a steady stream of activity most of the day on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Paso Finos

CM-MS-3-PasoFino3by Bill and Mary Weaver

The classy show stallion in the riding ring was moving its legs at a furious pace, but its steps were so small that the horse itself was hardly moving forward. This is the “fino” gait, performed by show horses of the gaited breed Paso Fino.

The scene was Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania, and the expert rider and trainer in the saddle was Rick Shaffer, of R&S Paso Finos, Somerset, PA.

“This is strictly for show horses and breeding horses,” he said. “You wouldn’t want a show Paso Fino to take you over a mountain. You wouldn’t get anywhere. It’s the gait of a show horse. But a Paso Fino will give you the smoothest possible ride.” [Read more…]