February 20, 2002 |
If you are a gardener or a farmer, don't worry about the drought. Yet. For plants, a winter dry spell does not necessarily augur ill for the spring. "It's not an immediate threat to gardens," said Paul Meyer, director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Chestnut Hill. Depleted deep-water resources are a serious problem, he said, but "the surface soil is in reasonably good shape," and most plants are relatively dormant anyway. "There's not much we can do or have to do right now, because gardens aren't suffering.
April 15, 2001 |
Forty-five acres of fuzzy freestone and pitted peach trees brought the Casella family pies, profits and Phillies privileges over the last 60 years. Now the Casella farm - 293 acres in all - is dotted with piles of uprooted peach trees, which at one time were the farm's major cash crop. The brown, spindly branches and small trunks are ready for burning. Hefty wages for peach pickers, unpredictable weather, and expensive irrigation systems have taken their toll on Casella Bros.
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.
July 31, 2011 |
DENNIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - As a third-generation farmer who can trace his genealogical roots to the 1600s, Dave Van Vorst has had an almost innate sense of the loamy soil and salt-tinged air that make the skinny peninsula of Cape May County a unique growing region. And over the years the 67-year-old farmer had certainly grown plenty of crops - corn, lima beans, hay - on his nearby Petersburg property. But it was the fickle beach plum that helped him discover his true connection to the land.
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 2, 2014
OUT IN western Pennsylvania, just up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, brewer Matt Gouwens has a green thumb and a dream: One of these days, he'll be brewing fresh beer with Pennsylvania-grown hops. He's so certain of that dream, he's planted almost an acre of hops on his own property and boldly named his company Hop Farm Brewing Co. "Local hops, local beer," Gouwens vowed. For now, it's just a dream. His acreage is nowhere near enough to provide enough hop for his small-batch brewery.
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.