• Fruit Farm Celebrates Century of Growing

    Philip Gruber, Staff Writer

    BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. — When A.L. Kauffman converted his Lancaster County dairy farm to an apple orchard in 1915, he could scarcely have imagined high-density plantings, modern spray programs and Internet sales.

    Kauffman’s reasons for becoming an orchardist are more or less lost to history, ...  Full Story

  • Tobacco Harvest Rolling Along

    Philip Gruber, Staff Writer

    Lancaster County’s tobacco harvest is well under way.

    Wet weather earlier in the season has translated into good yields, but that moisture has also encouraged disease, said Jeff Graybill, a Penn State Extension educator.

    USDA estimated tobacco harvest to be 38 percent complete by Monday, which ...  Full Story

  • Laughin’ Leaf Preps for Farming Shark Tank’

    Charlene Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Editor

    Building for the future is not a laughing matter at Laughin’ Leaf Farm. It could reap a financial windfall.

    Chelsey Berkstresser and Joshua Huston are competing for a chance to collect startup funding to expand their produce operation in Fulton County, Pa.

    The couple sent an application to the ...  Full Story

  • Editorial: Scorched Earth

    Dennis Larison, Editor

    With things as dry as they’ve been here in Pennsylvania, I was glad to see some rain fall during Ag Progress Days. My windshield wipers got a good workout as I was driving through Boalsburg.

    With just a modest garden to worry about, I can always make it rain by twisting the faucet handle, but ...  Full Story

  • Holstein Steers Can Pay Off When Raised Right

    Jessica Rose Spangler, Reporter

    ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — OK, milking cows isn’t your thing. Or maybe your kids are coming back to the farm and you’re searching for a second source of income. You already have the dairy facilities, but what options do you have?

    Raising Holstein steers could be the answer.

    With recent dr ...  Full Story

  • Easy Plants in Tough Places

    Joyce Bupp York, Pa., Correspondent

    YORK, Pa. — Have you brushed up on your Latin lately?

    Gardeners who want to be sure they get a specific plant species when they make a purchase should always know and check for the plant’s Latin, or botanical, name.

    That was a key point of the message of Linda Silverman, a York County, P ...  Full Story

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