Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, October 13, 1984, Image 18

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    AlB—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, October 13,198*
THURMONT, Md. - The 110th
annual session of the Maryland
State Grange will be held Thur
sday, Oct. 18 - Saturday, Oct. 20 at
the Firemen’s Activity Building in
Thurmont.
Delegates from seven counties
(Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Har
ford, Howard, Prince George’s and
Washington) will meet to debate
resolutions to determine grange
ITHACA, NY - The same
transportation system that shrinks
our world is threatening
agriculture by distributing
diseases and insect infestations
around planet Earth at an alar
ming rate, says a Cornell
University scientist.
“One example is bee mite in
festations which are spreading
around the globe at such a terrific
rate that they are expected to
infest all countries that have honey
bees within a decade or two,” says
Cornell’s Roger Morse, a bee
expert.
The Asian bee mite (Varroa
jacobsoni) is an example of how a
mite can spread around the world.
First discovered in 1904 in In
donesia, it was found in six nations,
including Russia, Japan, and
China in 1960. By 1970, 15 nations
were infested, and by 1978, 32
nations, including countries in
Europe, South America, and
Africa, reported the pest.
Since then, the mite also has
been found in Argentina, Bolivia,
and 20 states in Brazil; the nor
thern limits of its spread in South
America are unknown. For
tunately, says Morse, none have
been reported in North America.
To probe further into the nature
of mites, the National Science
Foundation (NSF) has awarded
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Md. Grange meeting opens Thursday
1 policy. The delegates will be
discussing agriculture, con
servation, legislation, health,
education, roads and safety issues.
Policies developed at the state
session will be forwarded to the
National Grange for further
consideration. The 1984 National
Grange Session will be held in
Portland, Me. in November.
NSF to fund Cornell bee study
$85,000 to Cornell to study the
biology and control of the Asian
mite.
The acarine bee mite, another
bee pest, is an example of how
quickly a mite can spread.
Detected in northern Mexico this
past summer, it now has been
found in five states Texas,
Louisiana, South Dakota, Florida,
and New York and Morse
suspects it is probably elsewhere.
He predicts it could affect up to
about 5 percent of honey
production.
The Asian bee mites, however,
pose the greatest threat. They
cripple hives by feeding on bee
pupae, sucking blood from bet
ween adult bee segments, and by
attacking drone bees that fertilizer
Delegates from Maryland will be
Master Alan Brauer Sr. and his
wife, Ethel.
Representing the National
Grange at Maryland’s session will
be Mr. and Mrs. James Oliver
from North Carolina. Mr. Oliver
began his grange work at the age
of 13 in the Marietta-Oakdale
Grange in North Carolina. He
queen bees.
By far, bees are the most im
portant pollinator for plant crops.
At least 50 crops in the U.S., oc
cupying about 6 million acres,
depend on insect pollination.
“In fact, almost one-third of our
diet can be attributed to insect
pollinated plants,’’ Morse points
out. Animal and dairy products,
for example, are derived from
insect-pollinated legumes such as
alfalfa and clover, and many fats
and oils are from oilseeds that are
dependent upon or benefit from
insect pollination.
Morse predicts that the Asian
bee mites probably will infest the
U.S. within the next decade. “It’s
essential, therefore, that we learn
how to live with these pests.”
HARDY BRAND CORN PERFORMANCE PROFILE:
Toni 6? Mike Rinaldi, Easton, PA
“In the 5 years we’ve been planting
Hardy, it’s been excellent.
That’s why we keep coming back.”
“We’ve been increasing our use of
Hardy over the years, because in five
years we’ve had no problem at all. The
70IX gives us great yields. And it’s got
nice ears to it, filled out all the way to
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KjEOS^
served as overseer of the NC State
Grange from 1974 to April 1, 1982
when he assumed the Master’s
position. Oliver was elected
Gatekeeper of the National Grange
in 1983.
The session will open at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18, with the reports
of the officers. State Master Alan
Brauer Sr. will give his annual
address.
The Women’s Activities Lun
cheon will be held at 1 p.m. at the
Mountain Gate Family
Restaurant. Lorraine Seenan,
Maryland Secretary of State, will
be the featured speaker. Many
awards and contests will be
highlighted at the event. For
tickets contact Louise Hott,
Director of Women’s Activities, at
692-2438.
Thursday evening beginning at
7:30 p.m. the Fourth and Fifth
Degrees will be obligated and the
Sixth Degree Conferred at the
Firemen’s Activity Building.
The Maryland Junior Grange
Luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m.
on Friday, Oct. 19, at the
Firemen’s Building. Featured
entertainment will be the winners
of the Junior Grange Talent
Contest. Tickets may be purchased
from Alleene Hoppengardner at
(717)-294-3758.
See your local Hardy Brand dealer, or contact
For a Hardy Stand use Hardy Brand
the end. We like the 802 X and 602 XS,
too—excellent standability and dry
down, and they’re good yielders. When
you’re getting top yields, and a good
price, you stay with it!”
The Agricultural Banquet will be
held at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at
Cozy Restaurant. The toastmaster
will be Lynn Ausherman, well
known local farmer. Guest speaker
will be Dr. Donald Hedgewood,
Dean of Agriculture at tjie
University of Maryland.
Highlights of the banquet will be
the presentation of the Community
Service Awards, Service !to
Maryland Agriculture dnd
Granger of the Year Awards. The
recipients of the Past Master’s
Agriculture Scholarships and Deaf
Scholarships will be recognized.
For banquet tickets contact C.
Rodman Myers at 271-2104.
The final day of the session,
Saturday, Oct. 20, will be opened
with a Youth Breakfast at
Mountain Gate Family Restaurant
at 8 a.m. Youth Directors, Pam
Martin and Peggy Royer, will
present youth awards. Guest
speaker will be Earl F. Miller,
principal of Catoctin High School.
Tickets are available at 241-3996.
The final day activities will
include the installation of two
members of the State Grange
Executive Committee. The
Maryland FFA State Winners in
the Parliamentary Procedure
Contests will give a demonstration
to the delegates.