• Aged Cow Champ Charms Farm Show Judges

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gajan Carla was last shown in 2012. However, when she freshened for her latest lactation, owner Jill Dice decided it was time to bring this 6-year-old cow out of retirement and back to the show ring.

    Now, Dice goes home with a supreme champion banner from last week’s Pe ...  Full Story

  • Targeted Spraying Now Reality for Stink Bugs

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Growers now have the tools to get good stink bug control while limiting spraying to times when it is needed.

    Using traps to gauge pest populations can cut insecticide use significantly, sparing biocontrol insects and saving farmers money, said Greg Krawczyk, a Penn State Ex ...  Full Story

  • Everbearing Strawberries Can Succeed in Pa.

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — It’s not quite strawberry fields forever, but Norm Schultz has at least figured out how to pick an early-summer favorite all the way through November.

    “My goal is to have strawberries available all the time,” said Schultz, of Linvilla Orchards in Media, Pa ...  Full Story

  • GMOs Could Help Environment, Consumers

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LEBANON, Pa. — The so-called second generation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, promise surprising new ways to help the environment and people in need, but consumers still have a lot of questions about the products.

    Troy Ott, a Penn State professor of reproductive physiology, spoke ...  Full Story

  • New Castle Auctioneer Takes Top Honors in Bid Calling Contest

    Dick Wanner Reporter

    HARRISBURG, Pa — In his fifth year of trying to win, Jeffery Pennington took home the grand champion trophy at last Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association’s annual bid calling contest. The contest is held every year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

    Pennington ...  Full Story

  • Pipelines, Energy and Farmland

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — With gas wells popping up in the Marcellus Shale region over the past few years, several proposed pipeline routes have been announced through the Keystone State to help deliver the natural gas that’s being produced to customers.

    So what should a farmer do if an agent f ...  Full Story

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