How to read a corn plant

CEW-MR-2-CORN-PLANT_06131by Steve Wagner

“I’d like to thank the PA Corn Growers for sponsoring my talk here today,” said Eric Rosenbaum, one of the presenters at the 2015 Farming for Success at Penn State’s Research Station in Lancaster County, PA. The corn growers association, he added, “is active within the state. We are doing a lot with education, not only to educate farmers on what we can do to increase yields and profitability, but also to educate the non-ag community on what is considered a normal farming practice, why we do the things we do, why we have big sprayers, why we have big combines, why we’re using pesticides and why we’re using GMOs.” [Read more…]

On the 21st century farm, authentic horsepower can fill a need

CEW-MR-3-Iron-Hoof31by Pat Malin

LEE CENTER, NY — As a schoolboy, David Steinbach relished studying American history and life in rural New York State.

Then in the 1990s, armed with an engineering degree from Virginia Tech University, he entered the business world. Unfortunately, it meant leaving behind his passions. In 2006, after a frustrating spell sitting behind a desk, he made an abrupt about face. [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…]