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.
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.
August 3, 2015 |
Pedaling wildly along her block in Chester, Jade Mills approached the chain-link fence, dropped her bike, and sprinted toward a picnic table lined with bins of fruit. "What's this?" the 5-year-old said, plopping a plump cherry into her mouth as she wiggled onto a bench alongside her friends. "I've never had one of these before. " "It's a raspberry," replied one friend. "No, it's a crop," said another. "What's a crop?" Mills asked. "A crop, remember, is another word for plant," answered Terrence Topping-Brown, a 24-year-old who, for the afternoon, would be kids' mentor, their teacher, their playmate.
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.
June 19, 2016 |
Two farms in Montgomery County have just been preserved in perpetuity under an Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the county has announced. The farms, a 54-acre crop and horse operation in New Hanover Township, owned by George E. Leidig Jr. and Eleanor Vallone, and a 50-acre crop farm in Salford Township, owned by J. Ladaan and Anne D. Moyer, will continue be used as pasture or to produce food. To date 9,230 acres on 157 farms have been preserved in the county through the program, which purchases agricultural easements from the farms.
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.