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818-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 26, 1994
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Questions and answers to this column should be
addressed to You Ask You Answer, Lou Ann Good,
P.O. Box 609, Ephrata, PA 17522.
QUESTION Carl Humer, 4745 Carlisle Rd., Dover, Pa.
17315 is trying to locate a company that sells the machine to
produce firewood from logs. He understands that you place a
full length log on the table, a series of saws come down or out
and cut the logs to length. You thne move the log to the splitter
area and the machine splits the logs into cord wood. Humer
would prefer to see the machine in operation if anyone has
one to sell.
QUESTION Evelyn Michaels, Beaver, asks if anyone
remembers Ole Old, a type of linament made by Dr. Peter
Farhney and Sons Company in N.Y. City. It contained cam
phor, oil of cloves, sassafras, and turpentine. The Swedish/
Finnish community in Tioga County used it widely from the
1930 s to the 19605. Evelyn has asked telephone operators in
the calling areas 212,718,917, and 914, for telephone listings
for the company but no listing exists in those ares. Does any
one know a supplier?
QUESTION—Evan Weidman, Westfield, would like to buy
a cornplanter like the Amish use. He wants to know if he can
plant green beans with the same corn planter or does he need
different plates for it. If so, where can he get them?
QUESTION A reader would like to know where solar
powered window candles may be found. Is there such a
QUESTION E.M.L. of Phoenixville would like to know
where I could find a thimble with John Deere marked on the
side to add to a collection.
QUESTION A Lehighton reader writes that she has a
poinsettia plant with some problems. After it bloomed, she cut
it back and new green leaves appeared, but now some of the
leaves turned yellow and are falling off. Some leaves have
white on them that look like mold. Is there an organic way to
solve this problem?
QUESTION Bob of Bob’s Radiator Repair in' Wood
stown, N.J., writes that his daughter is collecting wood items
called Woody Woodpecker. She has a few pieces such as a
knife holder, canister set, and wax paper holder. She would
like to know how many pieces are in the whole set and what
each piece is named.
QUESTION—E. Otis Dyer, Rehoboth, Mass., would like to
know the name of the company in Pennsylvania, the address,
and if the company is still in business —the one thatmakes a
farm fence kit consisting of two channel irons and hinges. The
farmer supplies the wooden cross piece measuring
2xB-inches and barbwire strands.
ANSWER Nelson Austin, Shinglehouse, has black wal
nut trees, but he cannot get the nuts to dry without them mold
ing. Thanks to George Love, Watsontown, for the following
comments: Do not try to dry walnuts without first removing the
hulls or shucks as he calls them. A good way to hull walnuts if
you have a lot of them is to lay them in the driveway and run
over them with the auto or pickup truck. If you don’t have too
many walnuts, you can remove the hulls by stomping on them
with your feet. Pick up the walnuts without the hulls and
spread them on the attic floor or in a dry place to dry. Spread
the nuts apart so they dry without molding within a few weeks.
The walnuts may be a bit soft in the shells but after a few
months, the walnuts will be firm.
ANSWER A reader from Manheim wanted to know
where to purchase a blackboard that is about 3x2-feet.
Thanks to Claude Motter, who writes that he has all sizes of
blackboard from a school. Write to him at Cannon Range Rd.,
Vineland, N.J. 08360 or call (609) 692-1031. Thanks to
another writer who wrote that he has blackboards in various
sizes. Write to Capozzolo Bros. Slate Co., Box 1343, R.D. 1,
Bangor, PA 18013 or call (610) 588-7702. Also, a reader from
Lancaster County has one for sale. Call (717) 529-6917 for
KANSAS CITY. Mo. Two
dynamic FFA chapters, judged
best in the nation for their stream
conservation efforts, have
received $3,000 and $2,000 scho
larship grants through their parti
ciapation in FFA’s Operation
Green Stripe program.
The Mid Prairie Chapter of
Wellman, lowa, won the top
award, and the Carlinville, 111.,
chapter was runner-up. More than
200 FFA chapters in 16 states were
eligible to compete for the award,
which recognizes efforts to protect
streams from sedimetation.
The grants were presented at the
National FFA Convention by
Monsanto Co., sponsor of the
program with several seed compa
Through Operation Green
Stripe, FFA members recruit far
mers to establish grassy buffer
stripes between farm fields and
streams. Monsanto pays the chap
ter $lOO for each farmer recruited
~ up to five -- and the participating
seed company donates free grass
seed to the farmers. The FS Divi
sion of Growmark contributed
seed for the lowa and Illinois
Research has shown that buffer
stripes can filter out most of the
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soil particles that would otherwise
reach streams during storm runoff.
The “Best in Nation” award was
established to recognize chapters
that went beyond the basic require
ments for participation in Opera
tion Green Stripe, according to
Tom Hoogheem, environmental
field services director for
“We were looking for chapters
that really turned this into an edu
cational experience, not just for the
FFA students, but for the commun
ity as well,” Hoogheem said. “Far
mers are doing a lot to protect the
environment, and these young
people have done a lot to show
others what can be done. We’re
saluting these students, but they
know that they are sharing credit
with the farmers who devoted a
portion of their fields to protect
The Mid Prairie Chapter
received the top honor for its suc
cessful participation two years in a
row under the leadership of Chap
ter Advisor Neil Knobloch. Fifteen
green stripes were planted over the
two-year period, and the educa-
efforts of the chapter were
outstanding, Hoogheem said..
The chapter hosted a statewide
field day for agribusiness, conser-
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demonstrated the concept in festi
vals, state and local fairs and farm
ing expos throughout the state.
“They developed a miniature
model to show visitors to their
booth what happens to soil if you
don’t check the erosion,” Hoogh
eem said. ‘They poured water over
a bare miniature Held and one that
had a grassy buffer strip. They col
lected the runoff in jars. The com
parison made for very effective
The chapter also enhanced the
Operation Green Stripe concept by
developing a program called Con
tour Buffer Strips with the county
Soil Conservation Service and
Pheasants Forever. That program
encourages fanners to add a futher
soil conservation dimension by
breaking up the contour of their
The Carlinville, 111., chapter
impressed through sheer numbers
by planting 61 green stripes.
“This was a tremendous effort,”
Hoogheem said. “We haven’t fig
ured out how many miles of
streambank were protected
because of this one chapter, but
I’m sure it was substantial.”
The chaper, under the leader
ship of Adviser George Kellner,