Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, June 22, 1956, Image 1

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    Vol. 1, No. 34
Penn State U
Enrollment to
Reach Limits
Some 6500 applicants for ad
mission as Freshmen at the Stat >
University of Pennsylvania will
he turned down next fall, from
an anticipated 10,000 requests,
Dr Milton S. Eisenhower, presi
dent, .advised the state Future
Farmers of America in FFA
week activities at State Collegfe
last week
One of the local highlights
was the fact the York Lancaster
County District FFA Softball
Team won its third consecutive
victory and retired the trophy.
At the meeting, John D Ston
er, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs John
H Stoner, R 7 Lancaster, was
named a regional vice president
-for a 10-county area of the State
FFA Mr. Stoner, who farms with
his father on an 80-acre and a
100-acre farm south of Lampeter,
graduated in 1955 from Stras
■burg-Lampeter where he was ac
tive throughout this school
career in both class and FFA
chapter offices.
At present, the Stoners are
carrying 18 head of Holestein
cows, and John is managing
seven brood, sows produced from
a cross between a registered
Hampshire boar from the herd
of Robert Book, and Yorkshire
Dupng his senior year, under
George W Myers, he had a swine
project, three Holstein cows, and
300 layers through FFA as a
test flock for Hubbard Farms He
also ran three acres of corn.
He will be vice president in
one of five state regional dis
tricts. Active earlier in 4H, he
was a member of the Holstein
4H Club serving as its president,
and spent one year in the 4H
Electric Club. He is also a mem
ber of the famed Holstein Quar
tet. whose name has now been
changed to the, Catalina Four
During school he was cited for
his FFA leadership, serving as
chaplain of the Garden Spot
Chapter in 1951 and 1952, as vice
president in 1952 and 1953 pre
sident in 1953 and 1954, He is
now a junior advisor to the chap-
(Continued to page three)
Fern Yoder, 10-year-old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Yoder, R 1 Christi
ana, gives a hand at the height of the
strawberry picking season. Whether she
was saying, “One for the basket, one tor
Acreage Reserve
Soil Bank Plan
Gets Underway
ments for participation in the
1956 Acreage Reserve Program
under the “Soil Bank Act,” Pub
lic Law 540, were announced to
day by Secretary of Agriculture
Ezra Taft Benson County Ag
ricultural Stabilization and Con
servation Committees, which
will administer the program,
will announce locally when the
program agreements are avail
able for the signature by farm
ers in the county office At that
time they will have full informa
tion on the teims and condi
In announcing participation
requirements for the 1956 Acre
age Reserve Program, Secretary
Benson ''stated:
“We have proceeded with all
possible haste since enactment
of the Soil Bank legislation to
present a sound 1956 program
to farmers. It is true, however
that the program for this year
is in a sense a special program
designed to meet the limi
tations and the requirements of
the legislations for 1956.
“For that reason, 1936 will
not present a fair trial of
what the program can accom
plish. The rates set are for
the 1956 program o.nly. Before
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Quarryville, Pa., Friday, June 22. 1956
Strawberry Season
Peas Yield 1.5 Tons
In Whiteford Harvest
Alaskan sugar peas are yield
ing a ton and a half per acre
on farms in western Lancaster
Whiteford Packing Co. ot
County contracted by the
Whiteford, Md, according to W
Edgar Merrym(an, field repre
Cutting started Saturday, and
work is in full swing at hullers
throughout the southern end of
the county Quality of the crop,
Mr Merryman adds, is excel
Farm Products
In County For
1954 SBO Million
The value of products sold in
1954 by operators of 7,951
farms in Lancaster County was
$80,150,566, according to a pre
liminary rport of the 1954 Cen
sus of Agriculture published by
the Bureau of the Census, U S
Department of Commerce.
The value of all crops sold
was $22,110,076 and included
$17,664,288 for field -crops.
$1,986,191 for vegetables, $657,-
187 for fruits and nuts, and
$1,802,410 for horticultural spe
The value of all livestock and
livestock products sold was
$57,995,443 and- included $16,-
657,487 for dairy products, $20,-
381,221 for poultry and poultry
products, and $20*956,735 for
livestock and livestock products.
The value of forest products
sold from the county’s farms
was $45,047.
Information on the value of
farm products sold is presented
for each county in a prelimi
nary State report, copies of
which may be purchased from
the Bureau of the Census,
Washington 25, D. C., at 10
cents each.
me,” or not, no one knows, but this sixth
grader was happy as could be helping out
her folks. (Lancaster Farming Staff
Crop Outlook
Pretty Good
Over County
Field work activities are mov
ing ahead in an increasing tempo
over Lancaster County, with pro
spects of some light showers Fri
day and Saturday Temperatures
plummeted early this week on
the heels of a cold wave that
swept in and carried through the
calendar’s end of spring
Wednesady morning a low of
52 degrees was recorded in
Lancaster, 45 at the water
works, compared to highs of
90 degrees Saturday and 87
Sunday. Warmer weather is a
head, with a forecast of the up
per 80s today. Wednesday and
Thursday of last week were es
pecially warm here, with a
Lancaster high of 96.
Temperatures to Monday were
subnormal, those of last week
above normal. Moisture so far
this month is up to schedule,
with two and one-third inches re
corded so far.
According to County Agricul
tural Agent Max M. Smith,
crops are progressing rapidly
after last week’s highs—typi
cal corn-growing weather—
pushed crops along. Corn and
tomatoes are looking much bet
He advises first cuttings of
hay should be made at once or
feed values will be lost, especial
ly in alfalfa, red clover, brome,
orchardgrass and timothy.
Most of the tomato plants
shortage has been overcome, or
abandoned fields planted into
something else over Lancaster
A dinner meeting m the inter
est of promoting the new Baby
Broiler will be held at Art’s Res
taurant on Route 72 south of
Manheim at 6 30 p. m. Thursday,
June 28. A guest speaker will be
present, according to Paul H.
Metzler, president of Goldfus
$2 Per Year
Stauffer Farms
Host to Four-H
Stock Judging
By LF Staff Reporter
As a preliminary to select live
stock nidging teams for Pennsyl
vania 4-H Club Week in August,
around 60 farm youths and ad
viors from seven counties partici
pated in an elimination contest
at Stauffer Homestead Farms, HI
East Earl Tuesday
Represented were Lancaster,
Chester, Montgomery, Franklin,
Lebanon, York and Adams Coun
ties Four-H members from some
of these counties earlier took
part m a Center Countv meeting.
Hampshire Hogs, Suffolk sheep
and Angus cattle —all registered
purebred stock on Stauffer
Homestead Farms offered sub
jects for the youthful judges.
Hosts were Mr. and Mrs ABC.
Groff, Manager Earl S Fisher
and John D Amdt. herdsman.
Unusual Operation
Lancaster County Agent Max
M Smith supervised activities in
the absence of Tom King, Penn
State U. livestock extension
specialist Four classes of swine,
two classes of sheep and two
classes of Angus' cattle were
judged between 10 a m. and 3
p m, with a break at noon for
lunch in the New Holland Com
munity Park
Stauffer Farms’ three-way live
stock operation is somewhat
unusual in a County where crop
land is a premium. The farm
where the meeting was held was
the home of Mrs. Groff’s parents,
covering 265 acres Another 175
acres near Churchtown help ex
pand operations.
"200 Head of Cattle
About 12 or 15 years ago, the
t ' k ’ i
owners turned to Angus cattle to
augment livestock and crops
operations, choosing primarily
Bandolier and Eileenmere—
some of the most popular names
in Angusdom—as basic stock.
Right now 200 head of Blacks
are on hand about 100 cows, 60
calves, and 30 steers to be fed
Through combinations of grass
es, Stauffer Homestead Farms
are assured of summer-long
grazing, using* orchardgrass,
ladino, bromegrass and blue
Primarily, purebred Angus are
marketed through consignment
sales, although numerous head
are moved on private treaty, and
some marketed as steers. One
farm sale has been held at
Stauffer Homestead, and others
may be held in the future.