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056034 823 P 4 ****•*—— ** 3 - OX6IT l 6floZ ES PARK p A i 6802 i _ - V 01.43 No. 29 Farm And Home Scholarships Offer Tickets To Success LOU ANN GOOD Lancaster Farming Staff LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.) A scholarship for Adriana Gali jasevic is a passport to a dream come true from a journey begun while growing up in war-tom Bosnia. To survive the horrors of tilling, of hearing that her parents were dead, and of being responsible for a brother seven years younger, Adriana poured herself into her studies and art to ease the pain. “Only when I was drawing could I escape from everything,“ the 18-year-old said of her traumatic life between the ages of 12 to 14 years. With Adriana, seven other stu dents also received $1,400 each from the Lancaster County Farm and Home Foundation, Tuesday evening. While their stories aren’t as dramatic as Adriana’s, the scho larships are a testimony to their achievements and a ticket to a suc cessful career. Mild Wittier, Wet Spring Challenges Crop Protection'Strategies VERNON ACHENBACH JR. Lancaster Fanning Stall NORTH CORNWALL (Leba non Co.) Weeks of wet weath er and inches of excessive rainfall following a veiy mild winter have combined to challenge pest control strategies of farmers throughout the southeastern and southcentral Conservation Farmer Of Year Understands Season’s Challenges ANDY ANDREWS Lancaster Fanning Staff EL VERSON (Chester Co.) An early flush of weeds, brought Bill Beam has directed a strong no-tlll program on conserved land. He was honored Thursday evening with the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award at a special cere mony honoring those who have served the district. Photo by Andy Andnwo Four Sections College costs arc out of reach for many students. Reports reveal that costs have risen 91 percent for pri vate colleges and 82 percent for public institutions within the past 10 years. Many promising students can not fulfill their potential without scholarships. Traditionally, the Farm and Home scholarships are among the first to be awarded, and the recipients of these are eagerly awaiting notification of additional awards. Students selected for the Farm and Home Foundation Scholar ships, which from its installment has awarded 376 students totalling $297,300, must be county high school seniors pursuing a degree in an ag-related or consumer science field. After graduation from Hemp field High School, Adriana plans to study fashion design at Drexel Uni versity. “When I was little, I cut out paper dolls and dresses, then I (Turn to Pago A 26) regions of Pennsylvania. Some weeds began appearing in fields in January during a very mild spell, and a warm and wet late winter and early spring helped boost the growth of weeds and insects beyond normal. This is not conjecture. Growing degree days are a mea Chester Conservation District Celebrates 50th on by early unseasonably warm weather, plenty of rain, and a hot spring, can create severe chal lenges for crop growers. Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 23, 1998 In the final week of her reign as Berks County Dairy Princess Erica Davis, 18, is shown with Macey, a 6-year-old Excellent-92-2E registered Holstein. With Erica are her parents, Luther and Teresa Davis, and siblings. Gregory, 15; Aaron, 9; and Jillian, 5. Turn to page B 6 to read about Daview Farm, where cows, dairy promotion, and Children thrive. Photo by Lou Ann Good sure of duration of temperatures above a threshold for plant or insect growth. A formula is used to calculate the degree days, but essentially, the numbers reflect the amount of growing energy available to a spe cies over time. For most agricultural uses, 50 Late last week. Bill Beam, who manages about 1,700 acres of cropland within a 15-mile stretch from Elverson to Downingtown, $29.50 Per Year degrees is considered the threshold. When temperatures get above 50 degrees, start counting. (Of course ground temperatures and sunlight also arc key to plant growth and are incorporated in growing degree day keeping.) On Monday, Lebanon County Extension Agronomy Agent was out with the 60-foot spray wagon, spreading Roundup. The list of troublesome, noxious weeds can make the “weeds of dis honor” on any crop producer’s list* Canada thistle, dandelions, wild onion, and foxtail and other gras ses. Beam decided to bring out the spray boom and take care of the problem first—all the while hop ing it would stay dry long enough to finish corn and soybean planting. Beam noted that most land he manages is under lease—he owns only a share of the home farm. The Chester County farmer uses most ly no-till methods to ensure soil retention. On one farm owned by Jim and Bill Moore, Elverson, and leased by Beam, contours were designed by the old Soil Conserva tion Service (now called the Natur al Resources Conservation Ser vice) and have been no-tilled for the past four years. Beam ignores the Canada thistle making a strong push in the field that is being rotated into Roundup Ready soybeans. Beam is anxious to complete planting of 70 acres of beans. Weeds aren’t the only chal- 600 Per Copy Delbert Voight reported that, as of May 17, the Lebanon area accu mulated about 523 heat units, com pared to 354 last year. That difference translates into about 16 days accumulation ahead of schedule. From his perspective, delays in (Turn to Pag* A 22) lenge. There is the problem of deer damage and deer certainly enjoy soybeans. And to top it off, geese that inhabit the Marsh Creek area, which borders farmland south of Elverson, pull out the plants and eat the wheat and small grains. Despite all these challenges. Beam has directed a strong no-till program that takes more manage ment, that involves a lot more anti- (Turn to Pag* A3O) Office Closed Memorial Day Our office will be closed Monday, May 25, to observe Memorial Day, but will open again for business at 8 a.m. Tuesday. If you have a news stoiy or an advertising mes sage to be placed in this spe cial June Dairy Month issue, other than Monday, contact our office any day, 8 a.m. to S p.tn. Our phone number is (717) 626-1164. Our fax is (717) 733-6058.