Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 11, 1981, Image 1

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    VOL 26 No. 37
Potato Late Blight
strikes York crop
HARRISBURG About 75 acres
of potatoes on a farm in
southeastern York County have
been defoliated due to a fungus
causing Potato Late Blight,
reports a Pennsylvania Depart
ment of Agriculture spokesman.
A vegetable grower from the
Stewarts town area reported the
symptoms to County Extension
Agent John Smith on July 3. Smith
contacted PDA’s Bureau of Plant
Industry and two staff members,
plant pathologist Seong Hyah Kim
Wagon accident mars state vegetable tour held Monday and Tuesday in York
County...A2o. ~
Over 80 junior dairy judges had a hot time at the Holstein Assoc.'s Eastern
Judging 5ch001...A26.
The Red Cherry Growers crown thetr new ClB.
*,« ?■ - v *
Two Lancaster County goat farmers realize tneir “possible dream.” Find out
how on page...D2.
York County held their annual swine roundup and judging contests this
week. Real all about the winners on page...Dlo.
Editorials, A 10; Now is the time,
AID; That’s a good question, Al 9;
Joyce Bqpp’s Column, CIO; Ladies
have you heard?, C 9; Ida’s
Notebook, C 5; Farm Talk, D 6;
Dairy Business, D2O.
Casein imports, Al 6; Guernsey
sale, A 32; Zemaitis joins Eastern,
A 36; Holstein Convention milking
contest, C2B; Perry DHIA, C3l;
Chester Dairy Princess, Cll;
Upper Susquehanna DHIA, C 23;
Mifflin DHIA, C 26; Dairy Photo
Album, D 8; Dauphin DHIA, Dl4;
Lebanon DHIA, Dl7; Blair DHIA,
Homestead Notes, C 2; Home on
the Range, C 6; 4-H news, Cl 4;
Farm Societies, Cl 3; Lancaster 4-
H update, Cl 6; Getting Started in
Fanning, C2O; Jr. Angus, C 22.
Animal welfarists,
vegetarians plan tactics
ALLENTOWN - What was
expected to be a crowd of several
hundred animal welfarists,
rightests, and vegetarians turned
out to be a gathering of less than
200 at the international ‘Action for
life’ conference held here last
Thursday through Sunday at Cedar
Crest College.
The purpose of the conference
and technician David Bingaman,
visited the farm and positively
identified the problem.
The 75 acres, half of the farms
potato acreage, are suffering from
the same disease that caused the
Irish potato famine in the late
1800’s, said the PDA spokesman.
“This is a potentially serious
problem,” he said. “It’s a fpngus
disease that travels like wildfire
and totally defoliates acres of
potato plants.”
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*Wheat gobblers 9 at work
LANCASTER Multi-colored
combines - those mechanical
monsters with the voracious ap
petites - were gobbling up tens of
thousands of acres of golden grain
this week as the area wheat har
vest moved into full swing.
As soon as conditions were dry
enough following the heavy holiday
weekend rains, the wheat cutters
were in the fields, with the golden
kernels gushing into the big bellies
of the combines and long-stemmed
straw spewing out the back end.
The harvest progressed under a
hot, sultry sun, which sent tem
peratures soaring to the point
where if a little yeast had been
thrown into the grain tank, bread
might have been baked directly
inside the machine.
There must be some places
hotter than a combine cab without
was to train and mobilize con
cerned individuals to promote
vegetarianism and animal rights,
along with other life enhancing
objectives, according to a
Two Pennfield Corporation
employees attended the session
last Thursday and Friday. Mary
Beth Ryan, communications
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Lancaster Fanning, Saturday, July 11,1981
Inter-State's top five Young Cooperators of
1981 were chosen at the 11th Annual Penn
marva Program, Thursday at the Hunt Valley
Inn, Md. The couples are,from left to right:
Dale and Joyce Peifer, Lancaster County;
Local couples win co-op honors
HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Lancaster
county was well represented at
Pennmarva’s ilth Annual Young.
Cooperator Program which
featured contests from three co
ops in Mid-Atlantic Federal Order
Jere and Jan Skiles of Narvon,
an air conditioner, but you likely
must go into a steel mUI or iron
foundry to find them.
Area roads showed signs of the
harvest, too. Like spokes of a
wagon wheel, these roads funneled
hundreds and hundreds of trucks
laden with the harvested crop from
outlying surrounding fields to
various mills located at the central
A typical early morning scene at
mills showed _ lines of trucks
waiting to deposit their loads and,
more importantly, learn what the
bottom line of the harvest was
And that bottom line was
showing a variety of in
terpretations, depending on a
number of variables affecting the
Test weights were fluctuating up
and down the scale like a
haphazard dieter, who shaves
pounds one day only to put them
back on after an eating binge.
Test weights as low as 47 pounds
were reported from mills, which
placed some crops well into the
feed wheat range.
But at other mills, average test
weights were being noted in the 56
to 59-pound range.
And like the dieter who pays a
price to shave pounds, the lower
test weights are proving costly in
trying to pay the planting and
fertilizer bills that went into the
Also, while the price of the crop
has shown some strength in the
past few days, it doesn’t begin to
compare to the prices being paid a
Kenneth and Rebecca Schoenberg, Franklin
County; Young Cooperators 1981-Jere and
Jan Skiles, Lancaster County; Moses and
Sylvia Beiler, Lancaster County; Daniel and
Jacqueline Leer, Adams County.
Lancaster County competed
against 18 couples and were named
Inter-State’s Young
1981- , . .
The Skiles milk 72 Holsteins at
their 284-acre form, Peguea
Meadows and belong to the New
HoDand-Leola Local.
Jere studied dairy herd
year ago. This comparison also
becomes all too evident when
paying the production input bills,
which this season continued along
their steady climb upward.
Prices being quoted Thursday
morning ranged from $3.35 to $3.73
a bushel.
As far as yields were concerned,
50-plus seemed to be about a good
over-all average. Some form tests
supervised by Penn State were
reporting yields up to 73 bushels,
Here are a few reports around
the area.
Nelson Weaver, of Lititz,
reported receiving loads with test
weights down to 49 pounds on
‘T haven’t taken a load yet at 58
pounds,” he said.
“Average must be running about
54 pounds.”
An even lower weight was
reported from White Horse Grain,
Chester County.
“We had some very bad and
some very good,” a mill
representative said.
“We had one load at 47 pounds,
but average seems about 54 to 57
Spangler’s Flour Mills in Mount
Joy had test weights as low as 52
pounds. A differential was being
reported due to variety, with some
of the early types showing lower
test weights, while some of the
later varieties showing better
F. M. Brown’s Sons, Inc.,
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$7.50 Per Year
management at- Wisconsin In
dianhead Technical Institute,
in 1976. Jan received a
BS in food service management
fgom Indiana University of Penn
sylvania in 1980.
Another Lancaster County
couple. Dale and Joyce Peifer of
Kirkvrood, placed second in the
Inter-State competition.
The Peifers, members of
Southern Lancaster Local, operate
130-acre farm and milk 93
Kenneth and Rebecca Schoen
berg, members of Chambersburg
Local in Franklin County captured
third place.
Members of Inter-State’s
Lampeter Local,Moses and Sylvia
Beiler of Willow Street, Lancaster
County placed fourth. The couple
milks 56 head at their rented 94-
acre Walnuthof Farm.
Fifth place Young Cooperators,
Daniel and Jacqueline Leer of
Adams County milk 55 head at
their 250-acre Shamrock Farm in
York Springs.
Six-couples and one single
contestant competed for Young
Cooperator honors at the Maryland
and Virginia Milk Producers
Association, Inc. contest.
Nina and James Burdette
captured that first place honor.
The Burdette’s farm is located in
Mercersburg, Pa.
Jane and L. Campbell Tabb,
partners in a family farm cor
poration were first runner-up. Hie
Tabbs hail from Keameysville,
West Virginia.
Second runner-up Linda and
Kenneth Smith are from
Remington, Virginia.
The Maryland Cooperative Milk
Producer (MCMP) contest in
cluded eight couples and three
single contestants.
Edgar and Frances Reichard
were named MCMP Young
Cooperators for: 1961. The Rdchards
farm in Chambersburg, Franklin
Wayne and Pepper Annacost
from Upperco, Md. placed second.
Another Maryland couple. Skip
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