Catch the soil health bug

CEW-MR-2-Catch the soil1by Troy Bishopp

I’ve succumb to the soil health bug. How do I know? Well, on a recent kayak adventure in the Adirondacks, I laid awake at night listening to the unencumbered, deafening raindrops hit our tent and envisioned the uncovered soil getting pounded as the chocolate water carried the next generation’s livelihood off the land in which it was born.

My perspective heightens as I look into the eyes of my new granddaughter, Hadley. It reaffirmed for me the importance of holding on to her soil from the elements with sod. After all our farm sign says, “Grazing takes care of our roots”. [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…]