Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 26, 1984, Image 12

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    Al2—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 26,1984
Now is
the Time
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weekly intervals, or as needed, to
control ticks.
To Test To
Determine If Liquid
Pesticides Stored
Over Winter Are
OK To Use
The shelf life of most pesticides,
when stored in their original
containers, is usually several
years. The greatest problem with
stored pesticides comes from
freezing temperatures. Cold
temperatures may cause a
breakdown of the emulsifiers in
liquid materials. These materials
may not mix properly when added
to the spray water.
To determine if the pesticide will
still mix properly with water,
follow this easy procedure: (1)
place 1/2 pint of water in a small
container, (2) add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
of the pesticide, (3) shake or stir
thoroughly (you should get a milky
mixture), (4) let stand for about
one hour. The spray mix should
remain an even milky mixture. If
an oily scum or layer forms on top,
or if a layer of curds appear on top,
don’t use the material.
To Check
Water Supplies
Water is one of our most im
portant resources, but it should be
checked periodically. Many
families depend on wells for their
water supply. But they pay little
attention to the water unless the
pump fails or the well runs dry.
Your water should be tested
periodically to determine its
It is important to test water
following any reconstruction or
addition to the water supply or its
distribution system. Tlien the
system should be checked once a
year for continued safety. Water
supplies should be checked
whenever a disease occurs that
may have been caused by unsafe
drinking water. If water changes
in taste, odor or appearance for no
reason, it should be tested.
There are many tests and
analyses that can be used. Two of
the most important are for nitrates
and bacteria.
The Penn State Extension Service is an af
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mismanagement of the firm.
Those proposals would have
farmers sell their milk to Scheps
under the disguise of "new
management” when actually it’s
nothing but a shuffling of the old
management. It’s wroung to ask
farmers to participate in such a
proposal. This same management
has cost creditors millions of
dollars in unpaid bills and has
admitted falsification of records.
The former management is now
in court justifying its actions to
federal prosecutors, because of the
allegedly false information they
provided previous lenders.
False hope is the crudest part of
this type of proposal, offering
farmers a so-called solution, when
in reality it places the farmer’s
financial future in grave jeopardy.
These proposals for reorganization
lack the financial resources to be
These reorganization plans offer
nothing but “pie-in-the-sky”
schemes for repayment of monies
due farmers, and seem to
minimize the extremely high risk
placed on all creditors, especially
farmers. Any financial recovery
plan should be based on realities,
not foolish dreams.
We will oppose any
reorganization plan that misleads
dairy farmers in to more crippling
financial situations. We will and
must oppose any plan that asks the
dairy farmer to take unrealistic
risks, including the use of the
management team that created
the present financial crisis.
As we look to the future, we must
leam from our mistakes. We must
continue to pursue a legislative
solution in Harrisburg and
Washington to provide adequate
protection for monies owed to
dairy farmers in a bankruptcy
procedure. Federal bankruptcy
laws need to be as fair to farmer
creditors as they are to parties
filing the bankruptcy. Strong
support should be offered by all of
us in funding the Pennsylvania
Milk Marketing Board activities to
monitor the financial status of milk
As farm leaders we must
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diligently evaluate the needs, the
financial resources and
management of any new dairy
plants before giving blanket en
dorsement to such operations.
The road to economic recovery
for these farmers is going to be
long and discouraging at best.
Let’s not place added hardships on
their backs with reorganization
plans doomed to failure before
they start.
Keith W. Eckel
Pennsylvania Farmers Assn.
Farms Market, R 3 Mifflinburg,
will sponsor a Field Day on June 11
at its Lewisburg market to
demonstrate the use of drip
irrigation systems and to answer
questions pertaining to the
growing of small fruits and
Zimmerman’s Market, which
specializes in strawberries, is
holding the Field Day which begins
at 1 p.m. in response to an interest
shown in growing produce, ac
cording to owner Paul Zim
merman. The main topics will
include the use of a drip irrigation
system, growing produce under
plastic, fertilizing practices and
general information on hor
ticulture practices.
Snyder County extension agent
Jeff Mizer will speak on water
quality for trickle irrigation
systems. He will also present in
formation on growing berries and
vegetables. Penn State Extension
horticulture specialist Peter
Ferretti will speak on general
fertilizer practices. He will also
demonstrate how to use the drip
irrigation system as a mode to
apply fertilizers.
Zimmerman’s Market, located
in Union County, grows 12 acres of
strawberries in addition to other
produce. About 12 acres of land
utilizes the drip irrigation system,
Available From: Your Pioneer sales representative.
Zimmerman’s Market
plans Field Day
Milk promotion
HARRISBURG - Signups by
dairymen in Pennsylvania’s new
Milk Promotion and Marketing
Program have topped 500.
Total signups stood at 514 from
the first five days of mail receipts
of authorized forms, the PDA’s
Bureau of Markets reported.
While the majority of those
signups include dairymen not
enrolled in Fderal Order
promotion programs, a number of
authorizations are also being
received from state dairymen who
are members of Federal Order
Dairymen who are contributing
to Federal Order programs also
can authorize that 10 cents of their
nationally mandated 15-cent per
hundredweight deduction go to the
state program.
and another 12 acres is grown
under plastic.
For more information on the
Field Day, please contact Paul
Zimmerman at 717-966-9192.
Md. Brown Swiss
registered Brown Swiss cows,
owned by Arthur Litton of Clear
Spring, Md., were recently
recognized by the Brown Swiss
Cattle Breeders’ Association for
DHIR production records.
The cows recognized were
Vindobona Tinas Dora and Vin
dobona Dollys Connie. At three
years, Dora produced 15,710
pounds of milk and 699 pounds of
fat at a 4.4 percent butterfat test.
Connie produced 22,250 pounds of
milk and 838 pounds of fat with a
3.7 percent butterfat test at six
The Brown Swiss Cattle
Breeders’ Association, Beloit,
Wis., recognizes all cows on of
ficial DHIR test that complete 305-
signups top 500
PFA’s publication, “The Voice,”
carried an authorization form in its
May 11 issue and a number of these
are being received by the Bureau
of Markets in Harrisburg.
If a dairy farmer contributing to
a Federal Order program
authorizes the 10-cent allocation of
his deduction for the state, the
Market Administrator will so
reimburse the state.
It was reported that a number of
dairy managers have expressed
support for authorization to the
state among Federal Order
In the PDA mailing,
authorization forms only went to
those dairymen not contributing to
Federal Order programs, in
cluding juggers. This mailing
totaled about 2500.
But added to that, the PFA
mailing went out to some 23,000
farmer members statewide, which
would have included both
dairymen who contribute and do
not contribute to Federal Order
day lactations on twice a day
milking exceeding 550 pounds of
butterfat as less than 2-year-olds;
600 pounds as 2-year-olds; 650
pounds as 3-year-olds; 700 pounds
as 4-year-olds and 800 pounds at
five years of age or older.
Cows milked three times a day
must attain levels approximately
15 percent higher than those
milked twice a day. The three
times levels are 625, 685, 740, 800
and 900 for cows at less than two,
two, three, four and five years or
older, respectively.
The weighing and testing of the
Litton herd cows on DHIR was
done under the supervision of the
local DHIA supervisor and the
University of Maryland in
cooperation with the National
Brown Swiss Association.