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my success,’* said Herman. “In
his time, I considered him one of
the top farmers.”
Hoffman works about 3SO
acres, including rented ground,
and grows about 12S acres of soy
beans and 125 acres of com. The
balance is in wheat and hay.
In 1974, Hoffman quit his job at
Philadelphia Suburban Water and
went into fiill-time farming, rais
ing about 1,000 head of beef per
year. In 1980, he sold the farm and
purchased the current farm, mov
ing in to the farmstead (con
structed about 1832) in 1984.
Hoffman farms with his wife.
Carolyn. Occasionally, his sons
and daughters Stephen, 31;
Wilson C.. 26; Christina. 30; and
Sarah, 27 help on the farm.
Hoffman no longer raises beef.
His entire operation is cash
He attributes the current success
to good management and some
suppliers, including the work of
Bill Cribbs at Moyer and Sons,
Souderton; Jeff Patton, the market
ing extension agent in Lehigh
Wayne County To
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Tractor and Farm Machinery other farm equipment.
Safety Certification Program will A total of five classroom-type
begin on Tuesday, April 5, at 8 meetings are scheduled for this
p.m. at the Wayne County year’s program.
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April 26 and May 3. Maintenance and Safety Comple-
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county; and John Yocum, contest
manager. They helped the soybean
grower with soil test recommenda
tions and measuring the yields.
Also, Hoffman recently went on
tour of the soybean growing opera
tions in Brazil, where land can be
purchased at about $2O per acre in
10,000-acre plots. He said farmers
in this country often find it hard to
compete with the Brazilian soy
bean crop in a country where labor
is about $2 a day.
Hoffman went on the tour
through the auspices of the Men
For Missions International in Janu
ary 1993. Hoffman said he learned
a great deal about the management
practices with the South America
growers. Also, he learned a great
deal from speaking to tour mem
bers from various stales, including
Colorado, lowa, Wisconsin, India
na, and others.
Hoffman, to help him in his
marketing, also subscribes to a
satellite commodity price service.
He has already marketed 100 per
cent of his wheat and SO percent of
his soybeans for 1994.
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Hoffman usaa a combination of tillage practices, Including about 75 percent mini
mum tillage (chlael plow and disc) and 25 percent no-till. He said he waits until the soil
Is dry enough before going Into the fields to prevent compaction. Here, he Inspects a
Vermeer soybean planter.
Nozzle Damage From Improper Cleaning
when applying any types of are kept out of contact with pesd
pesticides. cide material.
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For backpack sprayers, the same Dan Marini, Zeneca technical a fj-monatratinn on the bee
applies for checking nozzle spray sales representative, and Ty Bri- streambank fencing program
area (10 inches recommended) and ninger, Zeneca intern, were on offered through the district was
hoses for even pressure and flow hand to provide information on presented by Travis Martin con
rate. calibrating pesticide hoppers, servation tnrhnyi a n
Most importantly, according to Marini emphasized the importance According to Jim Shirk, conser-
Stoltzfus, applicators should read of taking the right steps to ensure vadon tftrhnfrian the thiee-day
the label carefully to determine safety when applying pesticides, workshop provided four core pes
rates. Also, safety precautions. There are also some companies ucide applicator credits,
including wearing gloves and eye working on completely “closed Bob Anderson, county crops
and lung protection, are necessary systems” that will ensure farmers agent, spoke about a recent pesti
-1 ; cide container survey which indi
, /w*l cated a few applicators were using
* i discarded pesticide containers for
other uses. “That’s not the proper
thing to do,” he said. While many
■■ 0 Iftdßk farmers bum the containers, a new
program allows fanners to bring
the containers to a site for recy
cling. More details about the prog
ram will be available in a few
The tour was also conducted at
the farms operated by Don Welkin
Strasburg Township and at the Ken
Zurin farm in Salunga. Next Wed
nesday, March 30, will be the last
time credits will be offered in the
county at a Wheat Production
Management meeting to be held
i , sales represi from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. in Lancas
merman, demonstrates the use of a flow meter during a ter at the Farm and Home Center,
sprayer calibration demonstration on Wednesday at the according to Anderson.
farm of John Zimmerman In East Earl.
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