Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, October 20, 1984, Image 18

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    AlB—Lancaster Farming, Saturday, Octobar 20,1984
BY BARBARA RADER
Staff Correspondent
BUTLER—Bidding on 39 head of
quality Holstems at the Western
Pennsylvania Sale of Stars brought
a $l7OO sale average on Wed
nesday, Oct. 10, at the Butlc' Farm
Show Grounds. The sale average
was only down $5O from last year,
said sale chairman Leroy Hogg.
“Maplesrow 80-ET,” the sixth
animal to enter the ring, topped the
sale at $2BOO. The just-fresh 2-
year-old, a Formatt ET daughter,
was consigned by Robert and
Barbara Freyermuth, Meadville.
"Bo” will join the Mercer County
herd of Laszlo Mozes, Greenv;lie.
A close second to “Bo” was a
consignment of Mark Campbell,
Ford City, which sold for $2650.
This Molly Chief 3-year-old scored
Record harvest,
including tobacco,
seen in Md.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - What a
difference a year can make when it
comes to weather and Maryland
agriculture.
Consider the tale of two years
1983 saw the state hit with the
worst drought in 50 years which
greatly reduced production of
com, soybeans, hay, tobacco, and
most other crops in the state.
Reduced yields meant higher
prices received for some, but also
meant producers of livestock and
dairy products were forced to pay
much higher prices for feedstuffs.
1984 saw the state blessed with
ample rains and good growing
conditions, thereby allowing
farmers to produce bumper crops
of corn, hay, tobacco, fruit and
vegetables and many other items.
As we enter the fall of 1984, the
350th Maryland harvest may,
indeed, be a “Harvest of History’’
when it comes to the record books.
And the records appear to be big
ones.
Maryland’s leading agricultural
industry, poultry, may set twin
records for 1984. Production rates
of broiler chickens for the first
eight months of the year have been
at all tune highs indicating that
before the year is out Md. may
have produced 275 million chickens
(that translates into about 825
million pounds of ready-to-eat
meat on the table.) Egg production
in the state, which has almost
trebled since 1979, may pass the
900 million mark for the year.
When it comes to crops, another
all time record appears to have
been set in 1984 in the average
yield of corn per acre which is now
estimated to be 112 bushels per
acre! By way of contrast, in 1983
because of the drought, the
Maryland com average was 68
bushels per acre.
The state’s oldest and most
traditional crop, tobacco, may
have posted an excellent year also.
Production is estimated to be 33.1
million pounds, way up from the
29.7 million pounds of 1983 but,
more importantly, growers say the
quality of tobacco produced in
Maryland this year may be ex
ceptionally high in terms of
quality. The 1983 crop was not of
high quality and, therefore, foreign
buyers did not purchase much of it.
Export of tobacco, the first
“cash crop” of the new Maryland
colony 350 years ago, to this day is
an important factor in Maryland
agriculture.
Other crops which have been
seen good production rates in 1984
are hay, wheat, barley, rye, apples
and vegetables.
The big crops of corn and
soybeans this year mean that
producers of livestock over the
winter and into next year, will
have ample feed supplies and at
moderate costs. ‘
Western Pa. Sale of Stars averages $l7OO
at 85 points went to Jo-Be-Hi
Farms, Fombell. Jo-Be-Hi also
picked up two other very good
consignments at the sale.
Alan and Betty Hart,
Cochranton, purchased the third
high seller at $2600. The VG-88
Apollo Topper daughter was
consigned by Art Baxter,
Stoneboro. Harts purchased two
other consignments, while their
son Donald bought one.
Two other animals that brought
over $2OOO were purchased by W
Rex Smith, Avella and George
Dean, Chicora. These were con
signed by Millervale Farm, Mc-
Donald, and John N. Reno,
Valencia.
Volume buyer of the sale was
David Zattiero, Mars, purchasing
six head.
Hamilton Bank Supports
AGRI-Business
Longacre Electrical Service, Inc.
Hamilton Bank, believes that agriculture is the
backbone of America We recogm/e the significant
role Agri-Business pla\ s in contributing to a \ uible
econonn That is win Hamilton Bank is so
interested m supporting Agri-Business
'iour friend from Hamilton Bank knows that with
the calue of Agri-Business production rising e\er\
\ear the need tor capital goes up w ith it
I herefore the need lor sound financial planning
rises too He w ill work w ith \ou on the lull range
of Imam mg credit, trust and estate scmces
designed to help \our Agri-Business His business
is to tailor a program to fit \ our needs
comfortable
Lonqacre Electrical Service Inc Mam Street Bally Berks County Pictured (I to R) are Jeffrey K Longacre Vice President of Administration Larry A Rush
Hamilton Bank Vice President & Area Manager Larry Eshleman Manager Ag Division James C Gierlich Hamilton Bank Loan Officer and Stephen S
Longacre Vice President n 1 Operations tbsenl This is a third generation family oriented business with 62 years of service From solely electrical work the
company h is expanded into inclusive residential agricultural and commercial remodeling and building
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Sponsored by the Butler County
Holstein Club, the sale is an annual
event that was headed up this year
Pictured with the top seller at the Western Pa. Sale of Stars are, left to right; Lero;
Hogg, sale chairman; Sherman Allen, auctioneer; Roy Simpson, pedigrees; Wadt
Cooper, selector; and Laszlo Mozes, purchaser.
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by Leroy Hogg. Other organizers
were Wade Cooper, selections,
Hoy Simpson, pedigrees; and
If \ou beliece that agriculture is still the backbone
of America, talk to \our friend at Hamilton bank
"Noil'll find he feels the same \va\
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Sherman Allen, auctionet
Nicols and Allen Auctiom
Services, Conneaut Lake.
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