February 5, 2007 |
Something is killing the nation's honeybees. Dave Hackenberg of central Pennsylvania had 3,000 hives and figures he has lost all but about 800 of them. In labs at Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and elsewhere in the nation, researchers have been stunned by the number of calls about the mysterious losses. "Every day, you hear of another operator," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, acting state apiarist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
July 17, 1991 |
Fruit lovers can look forward to a peachy summer. It should be, in fact, the peachiest summer in years, maybe ever. A record crop estimated at 120 million pounds of peaches is being harvested now in New Jersey alone, quite an improvement over last summer's weather- damaged crop of 45 million pounds. Together with the 80 million pounds of peaches to be harvested in Pennsylvania, a figure up 5 percent from last year, these represent some of the best of the 2.59 billion pounds of peaches expected from orchards nationwide this year.
October 26, 2012 |
Two Center City corporate accounting offices that admired each other from across the street are moving in together. BDO USA L.L.P. , a Chicago-based corporate accounting and business consulting firm, says it is acquiring Philadelphia accountants Asher & Co. Ltd. and taking on the firm's 10 partners and more than 100 staffers. The move joins Asher, based at 1801 Market, to BDO's 60-employee branch at 1800 Market. "We want to all be under one roof," but haven't yet worked out which home will house the pair, Asher managing director Joseph Beach told me. He'll remain, under BDO; he said no one will lose a job in the deal.
April 3, 1992 |
William J. "Spud" McCormick Sr., 90, of Rosemont, a philosopher and showman who made his living as a potato broker, died Tuesday at the home of a son in Blue Bell. During his heyday, from about 1931 until 1965, he was the "Potato King," selling 5,000 carloads (three million bushels) of potatoes a year and telling everyone who would listen how good they were for them. He was so busy buying and selling, said his son, William J. Jr., he had eight telephones lined up on his desk in an office in the Lewis Tower Building at 15th and Locust Streets.
September 11, 1989 |
Police Officer Bob Shalala of the 6th District shows off a crop of mammoth cucumbers that he grew in a milk crate. Farmer Bob's cucumbers are more than 2 feet long and weigh three pounds each.
May 7, 2009 |
Let us now praise quinoa, sacred crop of the Incas. The seed of a leafy plant grown for centuries in the Andes, quinoa (keen-wah) cooks like a grain and tastes like a nut. Known in scientific circles as chenopodium, and as a "super crop" in United Nations parlance, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. Vegans embrace it as an alternative to meat, eggs and cheese. Celiac-sufferers, who cannot digest wheat, love quinoa's gluten-free nature.
September 1, 1995 |
A mirage? No, but it wasn't actually rain, either. Elsie Richie was enjoying the fruits of her crop irrigation system before setting to work at Tilbury Farms, which she owns with her husband, Lester, in Elsinboro, Salem County. The drought continued yesterday, with nary a drop of rain to be found in the region.