Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 24, 1956, Image 1

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V6l. 1, No. 17
Corn Acreage
In County Cut
13 Per Cent
Corn acreage allotmefats for
Lancaster County this year have
been reduced 13 per cent, cut
tang 13,605 acres from last year’s
figures. Acreage this year will
be 80,189.
Allotments are based on 73%
per cent of the average acreage
of corn grown on the farm,
.where last year tKe figure was
86% per cent. -
Individual allotment notices
will be mailed to farmers Feb.
28, and appeals on allotments
may be filed within 15 days of
mailing date.
Only 17 Lancaster County
farmers have applied for loans
on their 1955 crop, although the
deadline for applications is not
until May 31.
(Editor’s Note; Reductions are
in force in the Corn Belt too, for
an allotment of 83 acres has been
established on a 400-acre farm,
the editor was advised this
Farmers failing to comply with
acreage alllotments are - not
eligible to participate an corn
price-support programs.
Grass, Fodder Fires
On Lancaster Farms
Three Lancaster County farms
were threatened with fire dam
age this week. A grass fire on the
George Ludwig Farm, R 1 New
Holland, threatened buildings.
The Liberty Fire Co., New Hol
land, extinguished the blaze.
At the Mrs- Lillie Caldwell
farm, tenanted by John Blank
and family west of Intercourse,
fire in fodder was extinguished
by the Intercourse Fire Co. be
fore damage resulted. High winds
hampered firemen.
Quarryville fireman Tuesday
extinguished a grass fire that
threatened the farm home of
James Poole near Little Britain.
There was no damage.
Trichinosis Outbreak
In Lebanon County
Three positive cases of trich
inosis in Lebanon County have
prompted warnings that pork
must be thoroughly cooked be
fore serving. At Good Samaritan
Hospital, Lebanon, three persons
were hospistalized, Mrs. Esther
Sheetz of Myerstown, Rtfssell
Stockier, Newm'antown, while
tests on Gerald Walters, Leban
on, proved inconclusive'.
Fresh pork sausage was blam
ed. All pork should be cooked
David Groff, Oxford, has been man; New Holland, Isaac W.
elected president of the Chester Hurst and John M. Weaver;
County 4-H. Tractor Maintenance Quarryville, Park Moore; Ronks,
Club Others named were Edwin John King, and Clarence Mel-
Hoover, Parkesburg, vice presi- linger; _Strasburg. Earl L. Groff;
dent; Owen Groff, Jr, Oxford, Washington Boro, Ezra D. Hei
secretary; Charles Griest, Coates-| sey and Warren Helsey; Willow
ville, news reporter. I Street, Jacob Heisler.
Rocky ground provided some problems
in construction of this 78-by-8 foot trench
silo on the Harry Griffith Farm operated
by Robert C. Groff north of Quarryville,
one of two stops on Friday’s Lancaster
County Trench Silo tour. At the far end
Carden Spot
Holstein Sale
Top at $535
Prices were considered sur
prisingly good in the 157th Gar
den Spot Holstein sale Thursday
of last week, averaging $293 on
90 lots of purebreds, totaling
A. G. Herman, Waynesfield,
Ohio, paid the $535 top for a
cow consigned by James Corri
gan, Staten Island, N. Y. Top
on bulls was $335, Piney HiU
Farms, Washington, N. J„ con
signor, and Joseph Schott, Leb
anon, buyer. Four' cows brought
$5OO or more- Three other cows,
however, sold for more than
$5OO, and 12 brought $4OO to
$5OO. -
Buyers from this area includ
ed; from Ephrata, David L.
Sander; Kinzers, J- Eby Her
shey and V. Emanuel Hoover;
Lampeter, John Witmer; Lan
caster, C Lloyd Dagen, Robert
H- Rohrer, and William D. Rohr
er; Manheim, J. Harold Balmer,
G. E. Culp and A. H- Weidman;
Mount Joy, James M. Eshel-
yuarryville, Pa., Friday, February 24, 1956
Straight, True 7 Snow Covered
Two Cattle Die
From Rabies on
Solanco Farm
Tests are still underway to
determine a definite diagnosis
of rabies in two head of cattle
that died on the farm of Clayton
G- Rohrer, Lancaster Farming
was advised today.
Mr. Rohrer lives on Rl,
An Angus cow which died
Thursday night and a Holstein
heifer that died Friday night
showed definite signs, according
to Dr P, V. Clarkson, Lancaster
agent an charge of the Pennsyl
vania Bureau of Animal Hus
Heads Being Analyzed
Their heads have been sent
to the Bolton Center division of
the Pennsylvania State Univer
sity near Toughkenamon for lab
oratory analysis- Negri bodies
found in the brain showed def
inite symptoms but findings
must yet be confirmed.
(Earlier this month Mr. Rohrer
lost two head of cattle, making
his total loss from suspected
rabies four to date. His herd
has been placed under a 100-day
From Wild Animals
There are no other reported
cases in the vicinity, Dr. Clark
son advised, although xt could
have been transmitted by wild
rabid animals. Recently a rabid
fox was killed near Holtwood,
and several rabid wild animals
have been reported in Chester
Mr. Rohrer first believed the
animals had died of /poisoning,
but no indications along this
line were found at the render
ing plant.
Dr. Robert W. McMullen,
Quarryville veterinarian, adds
there are no additional cases of
rabies on the Rohrer farm.
of the pit, County Agent Max Smith and
Penn State Extension Agricultural En
gineer explain-items of cost, construction,
capacity and use. Around 40 attended the
session. (Lancaster Farming Staff Photo).
Hydroponics On
Market; Taste Of
Tomato Argued
Hydroponic tomatoes are mak
ing another appearance on the
public markets at Lancaster, rais
ing the question of several years
standing again, “Do„ they lack
Those who like their tomatoes
fresh off Lancaster County fields,
ripened and warmed by the sun,
argue that the Florida imports
grown without soil lack
the (tastiness of the fresh, home
grown varieties.
Since tomatoes are so perish
able, imports from the South,
particularly Cuba and Florida
are necessary in the Garden Spot
during the bleak winter months.
The signs, “Water Grown Toma
toes,” or “Hydro-Organic Grown
Tomatoes” immediately raise
Looking back over a visit to
Florida and the (Bahama Islands
a few years ago, this writer re
calls his first encounter with the
new science of chemical farming
in Miami. There city blocks had
been converted into gardens
without soils. Vegetables grew
from sterile sand, and climbed
to Jack-in-the-ißeanstalk height,
feeding 'artificially on chemicals
mixed in solutions that the grow
er himself could control.
The growth of hydroponics
might be credited to the United
.States Army, for in the islands
of the Pacific during the last
World War vegetables grown by
natives were forbidden as Army
fare since human excrement was
used as fertilizer. Soils, worn
out, and in many cases almost
sterile volcanic ash. would pro
(Oontonued on page nine)
$2 Per Year
Dairy Day Will
Feature Exhibits
And Authorities
Exhibits and dairy authorities
will be featured in the third
Lancaster County-wide Dairy Day
Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the
Guernsey Sales Pavilion, it was
announced today by Chairman,
-M. M. Smith, Lancaster County
Agricultural Agent
“This educational, all-day meet
ing is open to the public and
will be conducted by our Ex
tension Service in cooperation
with breed organizations,
milk cooperatives, and local
milk distributors, Mr. Smith said.
“All the Things We’ve Want
ed,” a sound motion picture, will
open the program at 9;30 a. m.,
although an educational exhibit
of the various types of comfort,
stalls and related barn equip
ment, will be on display for pub
lic inspection from 900 a. m.
to 4 p. m-
Dr. Milo Opens Program
Dr H. A. Milo, director of the
bureau of animal industry in the
Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture, will speak at 10 a.
m. on “Progress in Brucellosis
Eradication"’ followed by J. O,
Pepper, extension entomologist
from Pennsylvania State Univer
sity, speaking at 10:20 a. m- on
“Insect Control in Forage
Continuing at 10:50 a. m., Joe
Nageotte, extension dairy spe
cialist from Penn State, will tell
of “Efficient Dairy Feeding.”
Winding up the morning session
starting at 11:30, will be John W.
Newlin, associate counsel, Inter-
State" Milk Producers Coopera
tive, speaking on “Value of Dairy
Farm Inspection.”
Sessions will adjourn for lunch
betweerf 12 noon and 1 30 p. m.,
with lunch available for $l.OO
per person- Milk, ice cream and
cheese will be donated by vari
ous milk distributors.
Final Talk “Cow Comfort”
Opening (the afternoon session
at 1:30 will be “Water Supplies
and Waste Disposal for Dairy
Farms,” by H. B. Freeman, chief
sanitary engineer of the U- S.
Public Health Service, New York
City. At 2:00 p. m., Ivan E. Par
kin, extension dairy specialist
from Pennsylvania State Univer
sity will tell of “Management of
Bulk Milk Tanks ”
Final talk on the afternoon’s
program, starting at 2:30, will
be “Cow Comfort,” by Mr. Na
From 3:00 to adjournment at
3.30, a general discussion will
be held.
“This is the third year for this
county-wide event, and we are
very anxious to inform every
dairyman in the County,” Mr.
SmUh added 1 . “These speakers
are all authorities in their re
spective field and the committee
is soliciting the attention of local
dairymen; many practical sug
gestions will be presented.”
The House late last week vot
ed to cancel tobacco acreage al
lotments cuts on 1956 hurley,
Maryland, dark air cured and
fire cured- Cuts originally plan
ned were 20 per cent less dark
air cured, 19 per cent less bur
ley, Maryland tobacco and fire