Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 02, 1981, Image 1

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VOL 2$ Na. 27
U.S, Secretary' of Agriculture John R. Block accepts a
basket full of Pennsylvania food products from the Keystone
State’s Secretary of Agriculture Penrose Hallowell. Block was
in Harrisburg last Friday evening to address supporters of
the political action committee, FARMER.
Block happy embargo lifts
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Secretary of Agriculture John R.
Block addressed the news media
and 'dose to 200 Pennsylvania
Fanner’s Association supporters
butt Friday evening, the day
President Reagan announced the
end of the Soviet grain embargo.
Block-said he was “elated and
happy beyond, description” about
the embargo being lifted.
“It’s been a long 100 days in
which the Reagan administration
has ‘had'to struggle with the
inherited embargo,” Block
By lifting the grain embargo,
Block said the administration is
turning agriculture back to a
market oriented industry with
expanded, free trade. He decried
Grand Champion Showman Jerry McCammon,
Schellsburg, accepts the silver trophy from Pehn State’s
Swine herdsman, Dave Hosterman. McCammon
competed in the Block and Bridle Club’s 64th Little in
ternational Livestock Exposition (which was dedicated to
Hosterman) held Saturday at the University's Beef and
Sheep Center. See story on page D-6.
die grain embargo’s effectiveness
in stopping foreigh aggression aftd
the fact it actually could have hurt
(Turn to Page A 34)
Growers expanding
crop of cantaloupes
BLUE BALL The designation
of the area around Rt. 322 through
Eastern Lancaster County as
“Cantaloupe Alley” may be more
appropriate than ever this year.
Farmers in the region extending
south from Ephrata to Blue Ball
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 2,19tl
Component pricing sends
Guernsey sale soaring
BARABOO, WISC. Component
protem pricing for milk sent prices
for Guernseys to record levels in a
consignment sale held at the farm
of Lester Lurvey and Sons,
Baraboo, Wise.
The fust Boulder View Sale
totaled $228,600, according to John
B. Merryman, sales manager of
Sparks, Md. Sale average for the 40
head was $5,715.
“There is more enthusiasm m
Wisconsin than any other place in
the country for buying Guernseys
due to the component pricing,”
Merryman explained.
“To illustrate this, a total of 33
head were purchased by Wisconsin
Guernsey breeders and remained
in the state.
“And the heavy majority of
these purchasers were farmer
breeders who are making their
living off the milk production of
their herds.”
A sale-topping price of $25,500
was paid for three-year-old
Cbedco TH Mamby, consigned, by
the Chedco Firm of C.C. Getting,
of Berlin, She was pur
chased by Donald Alexander, Dreg
and Tammy Alexander, of Wake,
Va., and Dulaney Valley Guernsey
and west of New Holland to
Bowmansville may be growing
upwards of 200 acres of can
taloupes this summer for
marketing to three of the area’s
largest supermarket chains.
This could amount to a 35 or 40
percent increase m acreage in this
section of the county where can
taloupes have been an increasing
cash crop extending back a decade
and a half or more.
Marketing of the cantaloupes to
supermarkets began last year with
Acme, according to Lester W.
Martin, R 2 East Earl.
“This year we’ll be marketing to
Pathmark and Safeway, as well as
Acme,” Martin said.
“There could be as many as
600,000 to 700,000 cantaloupes in the
marketing program.”
Martin is on the Board of
Directors of the Conestoga Valley
Growers, a group of fanners who
have organized to participate in
the marketing program. There are
about 45 farmers in the group,
according to Martin.
“We’ll also be growing about 20
to 25 acres of cauliflower this
year.” Martin said.
“Looking ahead to the future, we
may be getting into the growing of
fall greens, such as broccoli and
brussel sprouts.”
Martin explained that the
program will feature unified
pricing, starting with one pnce and
continuing throughout the whole
(Turn to Page A 34)
Herd, of Cockeysville, Md.
Mamby is a daughter of Clovelly
Top Hornet, the highest rated bull
for type and one of the top bulls for
production in the Guernsey breed.
As a two-year-old she was a grand
champion in Massachusetts and
Connecticut. Her dam is the Very
Good Burgers Place Billy and the
grand dam is Lyrene Maestros
Mamby, an Ex.-92.
A pair of heifers out of the same
family by Clovelly Top Hornet
brought $17,000 each at the sale.
They were both purchased by the
Wisconsin Syndicate One plus One,
Edward Dosch, manager, of
Richland Center, Wise.
Clearbranch Hornets Princess is
out of McDonald’s Darimost Jean,
an Ex.-93, and Betts ward Telestar
Jean is out of McDonald’s H.
Two daughters out of the world
record milk cow of the Guernsey
breed brought $15,000 each at the
The two, Boulder Wem Tellestar
Delight and Boulder View Maple
Dena, were purchased by J.
Hammond Dugan, Longmeadow,
Mass.; Dr. Robert Rowe, Mid
dletown, V^isc.; Elizabeth
The sun glints on this grain drying project at the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster,
Ohio. Trapping the sun's energy and harnessing it for
agriculture has gone from the experimental fields to the farm.
Maryland farmer-engineer Frank Wilmot has pioneered a
solar hay dryer on his*Potomac Valley where high humidity
makes conventional curing of mown hay next to impossible.
See story on page A 22 and other solar stories throughout
this week’s issue.
$7.50 Per Year
Merryman, Sparks, Md.; and
Thomas Lurvey, Baraboo, Wise.
(Turn to Page A 34)
.Nmi Ftafvns
Solar stones, A2O, 22; Farm
Business, B 2; Rural Crime, C 2;
Decorating, C2O; Little I, D 6;
Greenhouse plans, Dl4.
Ragalar Catania
Editorials, A 10; Farm Calendar,
A 10; Have you heard?, C 4; Joyce
Bupp’s column, Cll; Ida’s
Notebook, C 22; The Milk Check,
Dll; Farm Talk, Dl2.
Hmm and Yadli
Homestead Notes, C 2; Home on
the Range, C 6; Farm Women
Calendar, C 9; Farm Women
Societies, CIO; Kid’s Korner, Cl 2;
4-H news, Cl 2; FFA public
speaking CIS.
Daily Reptrts
'Cumberland DHIA, D 3; Berks'
DHIA, D 2; Chester DHIA, B 8;
Lebanon DHIA, B 4; Berks Dairy
Princess, A 26; Leprino cheese
plant trouble, A 35; Hie -Daily
Business, BS.