Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, January 06, 1995, Image 80

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Don, Tom and Bob Fletcher of
Fletcher Brothers farm, located
here, were named the eastern
regional winner of-the 1994 Land
Stewardship Award presented by
the Angus Journal, official publi
cation of the American Angus
Fletcher Brothers work side by
side to carry on their father’s farm
and dream. He taught them the
importance of conserving soil,
water, and other natural resources
to benefit the environment as well
as their farming business.
Don, Tom, and Bob began
their full-time farming partner
ship in 1970. They manage 675
Agripro Names Regional
Sales Manager
MISSION, Kan. Agripro
Seeds. Inc., announces the promo
tion of Larry Brake to sales man
ager of the company’s east central
region. The appointment was
made by Jack Tredinnick, Agripro
executive vice president
Brake will be responsible for
sales of AgriPro Seed products in
a 15-state area from Indiana to the
Easton Shore and New England.
In his new position, he will have
10 district sales managers report
Dairy Farmers
Pays Dividend
cuse Dairy Farmers Cooperative
declared a patronage dividend for
1994 for their members.
Syracuse Dairy Farmers Co-op
has consistently paid a patronage
dividend to their producer mem
bers for several years. Dairy
farmer members received their
dividend checks at their annual
meeting held recently in Jacks
Stephen Crego of Bald
winsville, N .Y., president at the
Co-op, said he was pleased with
the performance at the cooperative
for the past year and their ability to
consistently pay a patronage divi
dend. Furthermore, their quality
market rewards their members
with premiums that provide a farm
gate price above the minimum
established by the Federal Order 2
Market Administrator.
Automatic Systems
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18 KW L.P. Gas
330 Pondenrhite Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042 _
Journal Names Land Stewardship Winner
deeded acres and 393 leased
acres. The beef operation consists
of 160 brood cows, including 60
registered Angus, and 260 head
of market cattle which are fed
out each year. They crop corn,
alfalfa-grass hay, small grains
and pasture.
The farms are characterized as
moderately rolling with Westgate
silt loam soil. The deep, moder
ately well-drained soil was
formed by wind blown silts.
They were among the first in
this Ohio region to use conserva
tion tillage. This innovative
approach to solve a resource man
agement problem was a bold
move at the time. By 1979, the
ing to him.
Brake has been with Agripro
since 1984, most recently as mark
eting manager for AgriPro Biosci
ences, Inc. (ABI) Alfalfa in the
northeastern United States. Prior
to joining AgriPro/ABI, he work
ed in sales for AJB. Staley and
Ohio Grain Company.
A 1980 graduate of The Ohio
State University, Columbus,
Brake earned a bachelor’s degree
in agriculture.
He also stated that the co-op’s
association with Byrne Dairy of
Syracuse, N.Y. has been a very
gratifying arrangement. Bill
Byrne, of Byrne Dairy, was a
guest at the meeting. He echoed
Stevens feelings about their asso
ciation with Syracuse Dairy Farm
James Fatsos of United Ag Ser
vices presented Tamara Qrego at
Baldwinsville with the outstand
ing quality award for 1994. This is
the second year in a row that
Crego received this award.
Officers elected for the coming
year were Stephen Crego, Bald
winsville, president; Duane Eib
ert, Marcellus, vice president; and
Mary Crego, Baldwinsville; secre
tary/treasurer. William Lukins of
Marcellus was elected director to
replace Lewis Wellington of
Skaneateles faho retired from
dairy farming.
Fletchers were planting all of
their corn using the no-till plant
ing method.
The three brothers have also
addressed other soil erosion chal
lenges on their farms by plan
ning out and adopting a variety
of common-sense conservation
practices. Their steepest ground
is maintained in permanent hay
land. This allows them to more
intensively manage the land for
a single crop. They have also
established new forage seedings
by using no-till establishment
Soil testing is done on a yearly
basis for each field. This helps
them identify fields where lime
and fertilizer may be needed.
It saves not only time and
money, but also conserves energy
resources by not over- or under
applying lime and fertilizer to
their fields. It also reduces the
possibility of ground water pollu
tion from excess nitrates.
Special attention is given to
their crop fields where corn silage
has been harvested. A cover crop
of rye is established on these
fields to prevent soil erosion
through the winter and early
spring. Tritacale is another innov-
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ative plant material they have
experimented with for cover crop
This cover crop practice also
controls wind erosion. Their soils
were formed out of windblown
silts and the cover crop keeps
these lighter soil particles in
place. In the spring, com is then
no-tilled directly into the winter
cover crop.
Several seep areas in Fletch
ers’ pastures have been devel
oped into livestock watering
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facilities. This prevents erosion
problems and increases livestock
productivity. By providing fresh,
clean water in different pastures,
they are able to more effectively
manage the cattle. This flexibility
allows them the option of rotating
the cow herds to different pas
tures based on forage conditions
and seasons.
Fletchers will be honored Nov.
14 at the American Angus Asso
ciation’s annual meeting in
Louisville, Ky.
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