Maryland farmers hosted Seasons on the Farm dinner in Benedict

SONY DSCBENEDICT, MD  — Maryland farmers held their Seasons on the Farm dinner the evening of Saturday, April 12 at Serenity Farm in Benedict. Hosting a crowd of 67 area residents and farmers with a five-course dinner, proceeds from the purchase of plates and tables and a silent auction raised $3,995 for the Southern Maryland Food Bank.

Seasons on the Farm is a program supported by Maryland and Delaware farmers. It is designed to increase transparency and familiarity with farming and food production. The goal of the dinner was to spark meaningful and sustained dialogue between farmers and their neighbors. [Read more…]

Manure injection for ammonia conservation

CEWM-MR-2-Manure injection411by Sally Colby

It’s a given that manure application has the potential to cause conflict with neighbors, but it can also cause conflicts between the farm’s nutrient management plan and its conservation plan.

Doug Beegle, who conducted manure research at Penn State University, says nutrient management plans often recommend manure incorporation, but the conservation plan for the farm will often recommend no-till. [Read more…]

Preparing a market lamb for show season

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Competing in market lamb and showmanship classes is hard work, but that work pays off. Proper fitting of a market lamb for the show ring involves a sound feed and exercise program as well as grooming preparation before the show.

Start the season with a calendar — mark down the dates of every show you plan to attend, from local to regional or even national. Select lambs that have the frame and growth potential that will keep them gaining steadily until show or market time. When you purchase the lamb, request a record of the lamb’s health, including the dates of immunizations and dewormings. Ask which product was used for deworming so that you can switch to a different product if necessary. Most club lambs require a CD&T booster as well as regular deworming. Watch withdrawal dates on all medications, and use clean needles and proper technique when administering vaccines. [Read more…]

It’s still a horse


There’s no doubt that miniature horses are growing in popularity, and for good reason: they require less space than full-sized horses, and can keep the average horse owner busy with both serious competition and leisure activities.

Carla DuRand, who raises miniature horses with her mother Linda Palmer in Gettysburg, PA, says that although it’s easy to think of miniature horses in much the same way as a large dog, it’s important to remember that except for size, minis have all of the traits of full-size horses. [Read more…]

Developing a grassed waterway

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Soil and water are among any farm’s most valuable resources, but the two don’t always make the ideal combination. Water in the form of runoff is a powerful force, and can remove significant amounts of soil from agricultural land. To solve the problem of runoff and to protect soil, water can be effectively diverted to a desirable location by means of grassed waterways. [Read more…]