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October 2011 Volume e 10 r 10 Number

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Is fruit firmness the best measure to determine when to harvest apple fruit?~ Page 3 Lowes Creek Tree Farm Page 3

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Pheasant Run Farm by Kelly Gates In 1992, Eric and Ann Franzenburg moved to Van Horne, IA to farm with Eric’s parents. When they arrived, the farm’s fields were filled with corn and soy beans, and there was a farrowto-finish hog operation. A few years later, the focus shifted to a completely different crop — medicinal herbs — and Pheasant Run Farm was born. “At the time, we wanted to expand the farm but the price of land was quite high. So, we put our heads together and tried to figure out a way to gain more profit from the acres that we currently had,” Ann told Country Folks Grower. “We began to investigate specialty crops and along the way, we took an interest in a concept that an economic development organization here in Benton County had discovered.” The organization, Benton Development Group, was promoting alternative forms of agriculture in Benton County. One of its main focuses was on culinary herbs. According to Ann, the niche market was well suited for farmers in the area. Not only could they easily transition to growing herbs, there were two

Owner Ann Franzenburg at farmer's market, selling her cut flowers.

herb and spice manufacturers located nearby — Frontier Natural Products and Tone’s. “Most of the herbs were being brought in from Israel, Egypt and other countries, so we felt that providing a local source would create a great niche for us,” said Ann. “We started off trying culinary herbs, but over time, we transitioned into medicinal herbs, which is what we still grow today.” The Franzenburgs didn’t dive into the new niche head first. Instead, they began by experimenting with small plots of various herbs to see which ones would grow well. They also researched industry trends to determine which varieties to add to

their product mix. St. John’s Wort was one of the herbs that was in high demand amongst consumers a decade ago. Today echinacea, milk thistle and skullcap are all the rage and fill the farm’s fields, along with other select species. “Our original goal was to one day have 100 acres in production and we have accomplished that,” noted Ann. “We currently sell to companies on the East coast and the West coast of the United States, throughout Europe and in Japan. Most of them use our herbs as ingredients in nutritional supplements.” As demand for Pheasant Run Farm’s herbs increased, the owners started adding

greenhouses to the property. The structures enabled them to start planting seeds earlier in the year. In trays and under cover, the seeds can now develop into plugs that are large, weed-free and ready to be planted as soon as the weather breaks each spring. Five of the six greenhouses are heated using a corn burning furnace. Three of them also have sub-floor heating fueled by the corn furnace. “When the plugs have been transplanted each year, we use the greenhouses for growing vegetables. We grow a lot of tomatoes, plus spinach, ginger and a few other items,” said Ann. “Four years ago, Eric convinced me to start growing cut flowers in the greenhouses too.” Pheasant Run Farms’ vegetables and flowers are sold at farmer’s markets and to grocery stores that feature locally grown and organic foods. Ann sells her flowers to florists and direct to customers preparing for weddings, parties and other events — sometimes designing the arrangements herself. Another newer addition at Pheasant Run Farm is a small crop of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.

According to Ann, the aim is to eventually open a small u-pick operation. “In the next five years or so, we hope to have a u-pick business up and running here too,” she explained. “We really enjoy growing herbs, vegetables and flowers. It would be nice to share that ‘country experience’ with our customers. We have a lot of research to

do about u-pick operations and changes to make to our farm before we’re ready for that, though.” Aside from expanding the up-pick division, the Franzenburgs plan to run the family farm in much the same manner as they do now, with only minor adjustments made to their offerings as consumers’ tastes change.

Son Calvin Franzenburg works on pruning and trellising tomatoes in the greenhouse. Photos courtesy of Pheasant Run

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Farm adds sheep’s milk cheese to fruits and vegetables mix by William McNutt Variety is the name of the game at Sippel Family Farm near Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where Ben and Lisa Sippel, together with brother-in-law Ben Baldwin, operate a 77 acre small fruit and vegetable farm in rural Morrow County. All are emblematic of what is becoming a major trend toward smaller farms geared to specialty high-value crops, often operated by owners with an urban background. Lisa and Ben grew up in the Columbus suburb of Worthington, where Ben’s father was a Methodist minister; now at the age of 31 they have developed an extensive direct marketing clientele through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for 175 customers who sign contracts for delivery pick up at five different locations. In addition, they set up at municipal markets in Worthington, Clintonville, and New Albany, plus doing a thriving trade providing seasonal fresh produce to area restaurants. Their latest product development has made them an

Ben and Lisa Sippel with 3 year old Charlie, who gets to eat a lot of vegetables and cheese, as do his parents. Photos by William McNutt

Lisa Sippel at her regular spot during the Saturday morning Worthington Farmers Market.

anchor vendor at every direct market. After 18 months of research and development effort they manufacture and sell artisan cheeses — not from dairy cows or gots, but sheep’s milk, so far the only such set up in the state. After taking a three-day course sponsored by Ashtabula County Extension service, con-

obtained from a neighboring dairy. While their acreage has no livestock except Friesan sheep, they do raise 40 varieties of small fruits and vegetables, along with a 300 tree semidwarf orchard, including lettuce, carrots, peas, tomatoes, greens and pumpkins, plus root crops such as turnips and

ducted by an imported sheep’s milk cheese maker from Vermont, where such culture is not uncommon, Lisa and brother Ben embarked on a series of experiments resulting in three types of cheese that are now bestsellers. Oak Creek Tomme and Headquarters Tomme, from sheep’s milk and Moraine, made from cows milk

potatoes. No sweet corn or strawberries are grown on the former pasture land, which was well provided with organic matter in that time period, making the transition to cultivation much easier. Since the semi-rural location is not conducive to

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Groundswell Community Farm by Kelly Gates For the past five years, G r o u n d s w e l l Community Farm of Zeeland, MI, has been producing a wide array of produce for sale at farmers’ markets and through Community Supported Agriculture, CSA. The company, now owned and operated by Katie Brandt and Tom Cary, took plenty of work to get up and going. There was no barn on the property when it was purchased. There was no well. No farming equipment. No greenhouse. “We literally started from scratch, with a seven acre piece of leased land that had great soil-drained wetland with over 50 percent organic matter,” said Brandt. “The location between Holland, MI and Grand Rapids was perfect. We knew that there would be a lot of great marketing opportunities here, so we decided to sign the lease.” Although Brandt had never owned and operated a growing business, she did have enough experience at their previous place of employment to know not to try tackling too much in the first year. The goal was to eventually grow all sorts of fruits and vegetables. And flowers. And have chickens and goats and

This family of four is all smiles as they show off their haul of potatoes that was dug at Groundswell Community Farm bees. But the first planting only included vegetables. According to Brandt, because Groundswell did not possess a tractor, a neighboring farmer plowed the fields the first time. “We were grateful to have someone around who was so willing to

help,” she told Country Folks Grower. “The following year, we bought a tractor to use for tilling and cultivation. Then, we purchased a second one, an Alice Chalmers G, for cultivation exclusively.” The Alice Chalmers is outfitted with a threerow roto-tilling system

that makes prepping the land quick and efficient. The farm also acquired an EarthWay seeder and a wheel hoe to make planting easier. Groundswell presently grows more than 200 varieties of vegetables. A few fruits were added to the mix along the way too. But those, said Brandt, are mostly for the staff’s consumption. “Despite our initial vision of having a lot of different products to offer our customers, we have really found a niche in vegetables,” she noted. “We grow some of the standard things that people have come to expect from a CSA, like tomatoes and carrots. But we also produce many other crops that grow well in this climate naturally.” Things like kohlrabi and kale fare well in western Michigan. So do parsnips and parsley root. There are quite a few squash varieties on the farm’s list of offerings too. Confection winter squash happens to be one of Brandt’s favorites. She often points confection out to people at farmers’ markets in an effort to entice them to try something different. The co-owner admits that even the most adventurous eaters shy away from such unusual

Using less water to grow more potatoes in the furrow and percolate below the crop root zone. This means that the water is unavailable to the crops, and can also lead to increased nitrate leaching from the soil. King and his partners conducted a series of studies on planting potatoes in flat beds instead of ridged rows. One twoyear study compared ridge-row planting systems, a five-row planting configuration on a raised bed where the plant rows were 26 inches apart, and a seven-row planting configuration on a raised bed where the plant rows were 18 inches apart. Another five-year study on approximately 6,900 acres only compared ridged-row systems and five-row raised-bed systems. The researchers found that using the flat bed system increased yields by an average of 6 percent, even though 5 percent less water was used for irrigation. This meant that using flat beds instead of ridged rows for potato production led to an overall 12 percent increase in irrigation water use efficiency. The gains were attributed to several factors, especially the probability

ARS research has found that planting potatoes in flat beds instead of ridged rows can improve irrigation efficiency because the configuration allows more water to reach the plant root zone. that planting potatoes in flat beds improves water and nitrogen use efficiency because more water reaches the potato roots. These findings, which were published this year in the American Journal of Potato Research, could help commercial farmers increase yields and profits, save valuable water resources, and reduce nitrate leaching.

in baskets on a table like a farmer’s market and write how many of each thing people can choose on a white board,” explained Brandt. “They can then walk around and pick what they want. They have the choice rather than getting a box of produce that someone else picked for them.” The farm’s staff offers pickups at two locations weekly with a current total of 132 CSA members. In the future, these numbers will likely increase. Brandt and Cary hope to also expand their facilities to better accommodate the needs of the farm’s staff and customers. A barn is on the agenda. One lean-to for drying onions and garlic made the co-owners’ wish list along with another similar structure for hardening off plants. These buildings would join the farm’s 16 ft. X 96 ft. greenhouseused mostly for starting plants — and a small shed that houses a small assembly of tools. “The barn will be the biggest challenge because of the mucky soil that we have here on the farm,” said Brandt. “It will be an engineering challenge, but like everything else, we’ll find a way to make it happen.”

Is firmness the best measure to determine when to harvest apples? Apple flesh firmness is one criteria that is used to determine the maturity, and quality, of apples. However, it is not the best single indicator to determine the harvest maturity for apples. Apples are harvested at different stages of maturity depending on how long they will be in storage before marketing. Apples to be used shortly after harvest are tree ripened and picked at a much later stage of maturity than apples that will be stored for 6-9+ months. Flesh firmness does not reveal anything about the stage of maturity for making such decisions. One of the better indicators would be the starch level or index of the apples. As immature fruit develop on the tree they are composed of starch and as the apple matures the starch is converted to sugars. Once all of the starch is converted

to sugar the apple has no reserves on which to draw and the apple begins to senese. So apples picked at an earlier stage of maturity will have more starch than those picked later. The starch-iodine index is evaluated by cutting an apple in half and covering the cut surface with a potassium iodide solution for several minutes and the areas of starch in the apple will appear black and the level of staining can be observed. Cornell University has a helpful harvest date publication (http://ecommons.library. cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3299/2/Pre dicting%20Harvest%20Dat e%20Window%20for%20A pples.pdf) that has a starch staining guide and solution recipe (which can be made at many pharmacies). Source: www.eXtension.org

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Research conducted in part at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that, in some production systems, planting potatoes in flat beds can increase irrigation water use efficiency. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) agricultural engineer Bradley King, who works at the ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory in Kimberly, Idaho, was one of the scientists who led these studies. ARS is USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency, and this research supports the USDA commitment to enhancing sustainable agriculture. When potato production started in Idaho more than 100 years ago, farmers seeded their crops in ridged rows and watered their plants by channeling surface irrigation to flow through the furrows between the rows. Even though most commercial potato producers in the Pacific Northwest now irrigate their crops with sprinklers, they still typically use ridged-row planting systems. But this planting configuration allows irrigation runoff to collect

varieties at first. But with a little coaxing and a superb online educational outreach, Groundswell manages to persuade more customers to taste test unique vegetables each day. “One of our CSA members traded us a cooking blog that she created and manages for a free share,” said Brandt. “It works out perfectly because she gets the exact boxes that all the other CSA members get. So she’s posting information, recipes and cooking tips related to each week’s vegetables as people are trying to decide how they will prepare them.” The blog, www.groundswellcooking.wordpress.com, is filled with upwards of 10 recipes per week. One entry might include an in-depth description of eggplants coupled with recipes for Baba Ganouj and Japanese Braised Eggplant. Another might start with details about onions and end with one recipe for French onion soup and another for cucumber-onion salad. For those who don’t care for certain vegetables, the CSA offers plenty of options. Members can select which items they want during each pickup. “We lay everything out


Farm adds Continued from A2 on-farm direct selling — the product has to be taken to the consumer rather than the other way around — their business is run that basis, selling only what they produce and grow themselves. Ben gained experience in the trade while working several years for a CSA grower who wanted to leave the business, which Ben then took over, “A background that made it lot easier to persuade the bank to lend money for purchasing a farmland.” Adding a new enterprise was not easy to accomplish, but they did it primarily to have a durable product, that could be held over for sale at the next market, not dumped as is the case with perishable vegetables, when a rainy sales day comes along. All direct market vendors of food are subject to health department checks, doubly so for Sippels, whose dairy type product is subject to Ohio Department of Agriculture on farm inspection similar to that for producers of grade A milk. Since raw milk is utilized, cheese must be aged for 60 days. They have added it to regular deliveries of fresh local produce to Columbus area restaurants; in the case of cheese during most of the year. Numbers for direct market food ven-

dors have probably doubled in the past 15 years, both in the Midwest and nationally, as younger families flock to the buzz words “fresh and local,” and smaller acreage farmers seek higher income from growing higher unit value crops. Of course this has not gone unnoticed by supermarket chains, who have moved into the local market field. All the Big Box types benefit from the highly flexible definition of what is “local”, since no government agency has even attempted to define the term. The largest U.S. grocer with $120 billion in annual sales secure produce from 450 miles away from their distribution points, claiming it gets on the sales shelf within a day of the time Ben Sippel could drive the 40 miles to Columbus. Other retailers have varying definitions. USDA is now in the act by setting up rules for local farm marketing, which will let schools and other institutions, subject to partial government funding, give preference to locally grown and raised food products. Even avid proponents of fresh and local see problems on the horizon, saying it would be impossible to fill food needs from local sources in every case, though a few agree the possibility of doubling cur-

On the cover Flesh firmness does not reveal anything about the stage of maturity for making such decisions. One of the better indicators would be the starch level or index of the apples.

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rent local supplies of specialty produce is very doable. Using potatoes as an example farm marketers such as the Sippels can usually market what they produce, but all the potatoes produced in Michigan cannot be eaten by the Michigan natives, the bulk of Michigan potatoes go for chips that are processed and distributed nationally. While direct marketers and their customers are very much aware of the virtues of their systems, there is little or no research that proves buy-local is more healthful or affordable that the current system. If mid west consumers want almonds and oranges in their supermarkets. They have to come from California, Florida, Texas and similar locations. Even long time direct market managers find they are affected by new trends toward social media, now almost universal among the younger

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EDUCATION Empire State Fruit & Vegetable Expo

EQUIPMENT-GREENHOUSE Agri of Virginia, Inc. Bamboo Supply Co. BioSafe Systems Farm Wholesale Ag Four Seasons Tools Golden Pacific Structures Growing Systems, Inc. Innovative Devices, Inc. Quick Industries, Inc. Randall Tool & Manufacturing Rogan Inc. Schaefer Ventilation Equipment Stuewe and Sons, Inc. Tasco Dome Thomas Bros. Equipment Sales Inc. TrueLeaf Technologies Waldo & Associates Inc.

Find the product category you are interested in on this index and then refer to the expanded company listing on the pages that follow.


BUYER’S S GUIDEE COMPANY Y LISTINGS A-1 MIST SPRAYERS RESOURCES, INC. Ponca, NE 68770 Phone: 402-755-4230 AGRI-SC / D&D FARM SERVICE Contact: Doug Wood 2067 Long Hollow Rd. Millerstown, PA 17062 Phone: 717-694-3648 Fax: 717-694-0171 www.agri-sc.com dwood@countryilink.net Agri-SC is a commercial anionic liquid soil amendment that assists in reducing hard pan, water run-off, erosion, crusting and poor root growth. Agri-SC’s unique chemical formulation mixes well, applies easily, is low rate and has been proven in extensive research and successful field results worldwide.

BAMBI’S NURSERY Silverton, OR 97381 Phone: 503-873-6774 ACADIAN AGRITECH Contact: Greg Nichols 30 Brown Ave. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia CN B3B 1X8 Phone: 800-575-9100 Fax: 902-468-3474 www.acadianagritech.com info@acadian.ca Acadian AgriTech is the world’s leading supplier of crop input products derived exclusively from Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed. With over three decades of scientifically proven results, Acadian understands and addresses grower needs to ensure the production of healthy, productive plants. ADVANCED BIOFUELS USA Frederick, MD 21701 Phone: 301-644-1395

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A.M.A. PLASTICS, LTD - AL’S FLOWER POUCH II Contact: Lisa Janzen 1367 Oxford Ave. Kingsville, Ontario CN N9Y 2S8 Phone: 519-322-1397, 800-338-1136 Fax: 519-322-1358; www.alsflowerpouch.com ljanzen@amaplas.com Al’s Flower Pouch. A burst of beauty in a bag. Now degradable.

A.M.A. PLASTICS, LTD ELLEPOTS Contact: Lisa Janzen 1367 Oxford Ave. Kingsville, Ontario CN N9Y 2S8 Phone: 519-322-1397, 800-338-1136 Fax: 519-322-1358 www.amasplas.com ljanzen@amaplas.com Ellepots by A.M.A. Fast, healthy rooting for your cuttings. Vegetative, nursery, fruit trees, perennials, grapes and more.

A.M.A. PLASTICS, LTD HYDROPONICS Contact: Lisa Janzen 1367 Oxford Ave. Kingsville, Ontario CN N9Y 2S8 Phone: 519-322-1397, 800-338-1136 Fax: 519-322-1358 www.amaplas.com ljanzen@amaplas.com Hydroponic growing mediums (plugs, blocks, slabs), Stonewool nuggets, Deleco tomato clips & truss supports, Lankhorst twines. Ask us about degradable twines & clips.

ADVANCING ALTERNATIVES, INC. 717 Schuylkill Mountain Rd. Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972 Phone: 570-739-1034, 877-546-2257 Fax: 570-739-1258 www.advancingalternatives.com Providing natural ventilation for straight sided and ground to ground structures with our innovative Roll up/Lock Down Curtain Systems. Offering a wide range and variety of parts and supplies for growers and the greenhouse industry. ADVANTAGE TRUCKS & SALVAGE, INC. Contact: Joe Stearns 933 Ransom Rd. Lancaster, NY 14086 Phone: 716-685-6757 Fax: 716-685-6272 www.advantagetrucks.com joe@advantagetrucks.com AGRI OF VIRGINIA, INC. Broadway, VA 22815 Phone: 540-896-6378

AL-PAR PEAT CO. Contact: Jeff Campbell 5900 Henderson Rd. Elsie, MI 48831 Phone: 989-277-9129 Fax: 989-661-7854 www.alparonesource.com jeff@alparonesource.com Soils: Filled flats, pots, bagged, bulk, custom mixes, retail bag. Complete supplier for all greenhouse, nursery and landscape supplies.

AMERILUX INTERNATIONAL, LLC De Pere, WI 54115 Phone: 920-336-9300, 888-602-4441

ANDERSON DIE & MANUFACTURING Contact: Rick Anderson 2425 S.E. Moores St. Portland, OR 97222 Phone: 866-950-POTS (5629) Fax: 503-654-5655 www.andersonpots.com info@andersonpots.com World famous Anderson pots for nursery and greenhouse use. Anderson bands, polycans, flats and biodegradable Eco Choice pots. ANDERSON INJECTORS 2100 Anderson Dr., P.O. Box 1006 Muskogee, OK 74403 Phone: 800-331-9620 Fax: 918-682-3342 www.heanderson.com sales@heanderson.com Offering a wide range of chemical injection systems that will provide many years of accurate and dependable service. Large and small systems. Acid and fertilizer injection as well as many other chemicals. Since 1956. AUCTIONEER PHIL JACQUIER, INC. Southwick, MA 1077 Phone: 413-569-6421 A-V INTERNATIONAL Contact: Jim Showalter P.O. Box 336, 401 Broadway Ave. Broadway, VA 22815 Phone: 540-896-6378 Fax: 540-896-7079 www.a-vinternational.com agriavint@aol.com A-V Lifetime Bench Systems utilize fiberglass frames with polypropylene bench tops. Benches available in single tier, multi-tier display and rolling designs. Bench tops may be purchased separately: 18” x 36” and 24” x 48” available. AWALD FARMS Contact: Edward Awald 2195 Shirley Rd. North Collins, NY 14111 Phone: 716-337-3162 Fax: 716-337-3600; www.awaldfarms.com awaldfarm@aol.com Awald Farms grows and sells quality red, black and purple raspberry plants as well as blackberry plants and grapevines. Call us to receive a catalog.

BAMBOO SUPPLY CO. Contact: Ron Reycraft P.O. Box 5433 Lakeland, FL 33807 Phone: 800-568-9087 Fax: 866-211-6131 www.bamboosupply.com ron@bamboosupply.net Bamboo stakes, poles and fencing. Staking supplies. Fiberglass stakes. Bamboo and Coco square hanging baskets. Bamboo plant tag holders. BDI MACHINERY SALES, INC. Contact: Bill Reiss 430 E. Main St. Macungie, PA 18062 Phone: 800-808-0454 Fax: 610-965-2959 www.bdimachinery.net buydirect@bdimachinery.net Imports and manufactures specialty farm equipment not available from local farm stores. Supplying vineyard, nursery, orchard and vegetable growers. Complete catalog online.

BIOORGANICS Contact: Don Chapman P.O. Box 5326 Palm Springs, CA 92263 Phone: 888-332-7676 Fax: 760-322-0146 www.bio-organics.com moreinfo@bio-organics.com BioOrganics offers mycorrhizae inoculants for all types of growing situations - nurseries, farms, orchards, landscaping or home gardens. These beneficial fungi boost root uptake of nutrients and water and create extremely vigorous plants with minimal fertilization. BIOSAFE SYSTEMS Contact: Mike Larose 22 Meadow St. East Hartford, CT 06108 Phone: 888-273-3088 Fax: 860-290-8802 www.biosafesystems.com mlarose@biosafesystems.com BioSafe Systems offers bactericides, fungicides, algaecides, microbiocides and sanitizers to protect growing crops, water, nursery stock, greenhouse material and harvesting produce. BLUEBIRD NURSERY, INC. Clarkson, NE 68629 Phone: 402—892-3457

BEJO SEEDS, INC. Contact: Jeff Trickett 1972 Silver Spur Place Oceano, CA 93445 Phone: 805-473-2199 Fax: 805-473-0897 www.bejoseeds.com j.trickett@bejoseeds.com Bejo, a name that stands for quality.... Our focus is quality, market specific vegetable seed. As part of a worldwide Bejo team, we engage in breeding, seed production, marketing, sales, trials, product development and customer support.

BERRY HILL IRRIGATION, INC. Contact: Trey Snead 3744 Highway 58 Buffalo Junction, VA 24529 Phone: 800-345-3747 Fax: 434-374-0131 www.berryhilldrip.com trey@berryhilldrip.com Drip irrigation for commercial growers and hobby farmers. We sell and stock T-Tape, Toro Aquatraxx, Blue-Stripe Poly, diesel and electric pumps, mulch laying equipment, plastic mulch, vineyard supplies and more. Free catalog.

BOND MANUFACTURING COMPANY Antoch, CA 94509 Phone: 800-359-8665 COOL BOT P.O. Box 96 Gardiner, NY 12525 Phone: 888-871-5723 www.storeitcold.com info@storeitcold.com CoolBot converts a standard window air conditioner to run a walk-in cooler down to 34 degrees. Thousands sold to farmers, flourists and hunters. CREEKSIDE NURSERY Morrison, TN 37357 Phone: 931-939-2390

CROP CARE EQUIPMENT Contact: Eric Burkholder 50 Wood Corner Rd. Lititz, PA 17543 Phone: 717-738-7365 Fax: 717-738-7369 www.CropCareEquipment.com info@cropcareequipment.com CropCare’s dealer network carries high pressure produce sprayers from 110 to 500 gallons, shielded sprayers for between row applications, smaller sprayers from 25-60 gallons and other produce equipment such as our innovative Picking Assistant and plastic mulch lifter wrap.

D&B PLANTS, LLC Contact: Bob Kuszmaul 27550 School Section Rd. Richmond, MI 48062 Phone: 810-392-3393 Fax: 810-392-3397 DandBplants.com info@DandBplants.com For over 25 years, we have produced vigorous starter plant material that is well branched and thoroughly rooted. Our product line includes flowering shrubs, conifers, evergreens and 2-3 year grafts. Licensed grower of several woody ornamental lines including Proven Winners. DEER RUN GREENERY, INC. Contact: Mike McMahon P.O. Box 743 Graham, WA 98338 Phone: 866-706-9865 Fax: 360-893-2269 www.christmaswreathsales.com cwreath@centurytel.net Produces fresh Christmas wreaths, garlands, cut greens and pine cones for garden centers and fundraising groups throughout the United States and Canada. DEGRANDCHAMP FARMS, INC. South Haven, MI 49090 Phone: 888-483-7431

DILLMAN FARM, INC. Contact: Cary Sillman 4955 W. St. Rd. 45 Bloomington, IN 47403 Phone: 812-825-5525, 800-359-1362 Fax: 812-825-4650 www.dillmanfarm.com carydillman@dillmanfarm.com Manufacturer of all natural apple butter, fruit butters, fruit preserves, salsas, mustards, sucrose free spreads and hot apple products. Private labeling available. DISCOUNT HYDRAULIC HOSE.COM Philadelphia, PA 19124 Phone: 215-744-2828 Fax: 215-744-1045 rfrye@discounthydraulichose.co m DOSATRON INTERNATIONAL INC. Clearwater, FL 33765 Phone: 800-523-8499


BUYER’S S GUIDEE COMPANY Y LISTINGS DPSEEDS Contact: Yvonne Higgins 8269 S. Hwy. 95 Yuma, AZ 85365 Phone: 928-341-8494 www.dpseeds.com info@dpseeds.com Committed to providing the highest quality seed from around the world. We are a hybrid vegetable seed company dedicated to providing seeds of the highest quality to commercial vegetable growers worldwide. Give us a call!! DYNA-GRO NUTRITION SOLUTIONS 2775 Giant Rd. Richmond, CA 94806 Phone: 800-396-2476 Fax: 510-233-0198 www.dyna-gro.com info@dyna-gro.com Dyna-Gro manufactures a complete line of superior plant nutrient solutions containing all 16 essential minerals. Great for use in any medium, from soil to hydroponics. Pro-TeKt The Silicon Solution reduces environmental stresses such as heat, cold and drought.

EMERALD SCREENING AND CRUSHING Contact: Keith Kimmerle 125 S. Pioneer Ave. Trucksville, PA 18708 Phone: 570-971-4520 Fax: 570-696-2519 www.emeraldscreening.com mobilescreen31@aol.com Distributor for Powerscreen screening plants, trommel screens and box screens. Catering to topsoil, compost and mulch producers. Rentals, sales, parts and service.

EMPIRE STATE FRUIT & VEGETABLE EXPO Contact: Jeanette Marvin P.O. Box 267 Macedon, NY 14502 Phone: 315-986-9320 Fax: 315-986-8534 jmarvin@rochester.rr.com New York State trade show for the fruit and vegetable growers and marketers. Education and trade show January 24, 25 & 26, 2012 in Syracuse, NY.

ENGEL’S NURSERY, INC. Contact: Becky Engel 6432 120th Ave. Fennville, MI 49408 Phone: 269-543-4123 Fax: 888-416-6425 www.engelsnursery.com info@engelsnursery.com Wholesale grower of tree and shrub seedlings and transplants. FANNO SAW WORKS Chico, CA 95927 Phone: 530-895-1262

FARM WHOLESALE AG Contact: Phil Edmunds 3740 Brooklake Rd. NE Salem, OR 97303 Phone: 877-234-1595 Fax: 503-393-3119 www.farmwholesaleag.com info@farmwholesale.com Featuring corrugated plastic Solexx greenhouse coverings, tree guards, grow tubes and harvesting and shipping totes.

FLORASEARCH, INC. 1740 Lake Markham Rd. Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: 407-320-8177 Fax: 407-320-8083 www.florasearch.com search@florasearch.com Key employee search firm serving the nursery, greenhouse, landscape and greater horticulture industry and allied trades, nationally and internationally. Only industry search firm endorsed by the National Assoc. of Executive Recruiters. Candidate contact encouraged, confidential, always free.

FOUR SEASONS TOOLS 9615 Grandview Rd. Kansas City, MO 64137 Phone: 816-444-7330 www.smallfarmtools.com info@smallfarmtools.com Four Season Tools builds year round organic vegetable farms. We’ve developed and offer efficient systems for small scale food production. We offer farm consultation, season extending movable greenhouses and uniquely designed farm implements to increase the flexibility and economic viability of your farm. FRONTIER TECHNOLOGY INC. Allegan, MI 49010 Phone: 269-673-9464

Kurt Zuhlke & Assoc. Inc.

PO Box 609, Bangor, PA 18013-0609

email: sales@producepackaging.com

Over 55 Years In The Industry

GGS STRUCTURES, INC. Vineland Station, Ontario CN L0R 2E0 Phone: 905-562-7341

High Quality Products And Services Our packaging is designed to protect produce, provide excellent visibility to the consumer, reduce shrinkage and enhance the product. We also offer professional labeling design and application.

Earth Friendly Packaging Made of Recycled PETE

KEEPING IT GREEN Our Clamshells are Recyclable!

Whether you are ordering a case or a truck load, you can rest assured that we have the ability and capacity to service your orders quickly.

www.producepackaging.com

GOURMET SEED INTERNATIONAL, LLC Tatum, NM 88267 Phone: 575-398-6111 GRIMES HORTICULTURE Concord, OH 44077 Phone: 440-352-6600 GROWER’S DISCOUNT LABELS, LLC Tunnel, NY 13848 Phone: 800-693-1572 GROWERS SUPPLY Dyersville, IA 52040 Phone: 800-476-9715 GROWING SYSTEMS, INC. Contact: Dana V. Cable, Sr., President; 2950 N. Weil St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 Phone: 414-263-3131 Fax: 414-263-2454 www.growingsystemsinc.com info@growingsystemsinc.com Manufacturers of plastic propagation trays, Vandana tubeless seeder, convertible tube seeder, convertible plug dislodger, dual rail traveling irrigator, boomless mono-rail irrigator, mono-rail trolley carts, spring lock poly fastener, channel and wire.

HARRIS SEEDS Contact: Richard Chamberlin 355 Paul Rd., PO Box 24966 Rochester, NY 14624-0966 Phone: 585-935-7015 Fax: 585-259-3609 www.harrisseeds.com rchamberlin@harrisseeds.com Full line vegetable and flower seed distributor. Plugs and liners, growing supplies, organic and untreated seeds. Serving professional growers for 130 years. HILLSIDE ORCHARD FARMS INC. Contact: Lynn McDaniel 105 Mitcham Cir. Tiger, GA 30576 Phone: 706-782-4995 Fax: 706-782-7848 www.hillsideorchard.com We are a manufacturing facility which processes over 600 jams, ciders, pickles, relishes, etc. We also offer private label and contract packaging. I & J MANUFACTURING 5302 Amish Rd. Gap, PA 17527 Phone: 717-442-9451 Manufacturing row crop cultivators, cover crop rollers, sickle bar mowers (plug free), rotary rakes, horse drawn machinery, etc. INNOVATIVE DEVICES, INC. Contact: Kai Lee 5235 Raborn Ct. Portage, MI 49024 Phone: 269-567-8862 tillerweeder.com tillerweeder@gmail.com Lee Tillerweeder: A double duty machine. World’s first counter rotating tilling/weeding machine. Highly effective, portable, easy to use. It tills and shreds dense, tall weeds and their roots. 15-30-inches wide, 1-8inches deep. Great for farms, gardens, horticulture. J.P. BARTLETT CO., INC. Sudbury, MO 01776 Phone: 978-443-8851

GOLDEN PACIFIC STRUCTURES Contact: Gary Baze 313 Jesse Way Redlands, CA 92374 Phone: 909-389-7613 Fax: 513-242-0816 gpstructures.com gbaze@gpstructures.com Quality greenhouse structures and related products including stand alone cold frames, economical gutter connect ranges plus a full variety of coverings, doors, environmental controls systems including fresh air vents, exhaust fans, heat, shade systems and benching solutions.

HAINES EQUIPMENT, INC. 20 Carrington St., P.O. Box I Avoca, NY 14809 Phone: 607-566-2234 Fax: 607-566-2240 www.hainesequipment.com hainesinc@aol.com Manufacturer of agricultural equipment for over 60 years, specializing in fruit and vegetable equipment. Baggers, conveyors, box filler and movers, brushers, buckets, hoppers, loaders, graders, flumes, sizers, water pumps and washers. HARNOIS INDUSTRIES, INC. St. Thomas, Quebec CN J0K 3L0 Phone: 888-427-6647

JACTO, INC. Contact: Dan Shumaker 19217 SW 119th Ave. Tualatin, OR 97062 Phone: 800-522-8610 Fax: 503-691-4380 www.Jacto.com info@jacto.com Jacto offers both 3pt and trailed cannon and airblast sprayers as well as backpack sprayers. With 7 cannon, 10 airblast and 4 models of backpacks, Jacto has the right sprayer for your fruit and vegetable needs.

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For over 55 years, Kurt Zuhlke & Assoc., Inc. has been a part of the many innovative packaging concepts utilized by the produce industry.

GALEHOUSE TREE FARMS Doyleston, OH 44230 Phone: 330-658-2480

GOOD EARTH Contact: Monika Vatenos 5950 Broadway Lancaster, NY 14086 Phone: 716-684-8111 Fax: 716-684-3722 www.goodearth.org m.vatenos@goodearth.org Producer of quality bark and peat moss mixes for commercial growers - in bulk, bags and compressed bales. Supplying retailers with peat moss, organic potting/specialty soils, plant foods, soil, conditioners, barks/mulches, soil covers, ice/snow melters, etc. - for over 70 years.


BUYER’S S GUIDEE COMPANY Y LISTINGS JRM CHEMICAL Cleveland, OH 44128 Phone: 216-475-8488 KENNCO MANUFACTURING, INC. Ruskin, FL 33575 Phone: 813-645-2591

KOOLJET REFRIGERATION INC. Contact: Gene Stampfer 261 Tillson Ave. Tillsonburg, Ontario CN N4G 4G4 Phone: 866-748-7786 Fax: 866-748-7760 www.kooljet.com info@kooljet.com KoolJet designs and builds custom chillers, blast freezers, deep cold freezers, air chillers, process cooling equipment and hydro-coolers for agricultural applications and processes. KRIEGER’S WHOLESALE NURSERY, INC. P.O. Box 116 Bridgman, MI 49106 Phone: 269-465-5522 Fax: 269-465-4822 www.kriegersnrsery.com Specialized growers of quality small fruit plants including raspberries, grapes, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, jostaberries, asparagus and rhubarb.

Phone: 717-382-4878 Fax: 717-685-3682 www.mazecatalog.com hughmc@cornmaze.com Maize Quest creates corn mazes, games for mazes, maze attractions and hayride audio systems to make your fall harvest season memorable for your guests and easier for you to manage. Call now to learn more. MAPLE HILL FARM Hillsboro, OH 45133 MARRONE BIO INNOVATIONS Davis, CA 95618 MATHISEN TREE FARMS, LLC Greenville, MI 48838 Phone: 616-754-3200

MCCUTCHEON APPLE PRODUCTS, INC. Contact: Wholesale Sales 13 S. Wisner St., P.O. Box 243 Frederick, MD 21705 Phone: 800-888-7537 www.mccutcheons.com info@mccutcheons.com Complete selection of home recipe Apple Butter, preserves, pickles, relishes, ciders and juices, chips, honey and more. Perfect for farm market, garden center or country store. Private labeling available. Fast selling High quality - Shelf stable.

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MAIZE QUEST CORN MAZES & ATTRACTIONS Contact: Hugh McPherson 251 E. Maple Lawn Rd. New Park, PA 17352

NEEDLEFAST EVERGREENS INC. Ludington, MI 49431 Phone: 231-843-8524

NESEED Contact: Maureen 3580 Main St. Hartford, CT 06120 Phone: 800-825-5477 www.neseed.com feedback@neseed.com Vegetable, flower and herb seed store for commercial and home growers. Seeds available in bulk and packets. Order by Phone: or online. Request our free catalog online. Flat rate shipping, free USA seed shipping over $99.99, 10% discount over $999.99. NOLT’S MIDWEST PRODUCE SUPPLIES Charles City, IA 50616 Phone: 641-228-4496

MECHANICAL TRANSPLANTER CO. LLC Contact: Dan Timmer 1150 Central Ave. Holland, MI 49423 Phone: 800-757-5268 Fax: 616-396-3619 www.mechanicaltransplanter.com mtc@egl.net Mechanical Transplanter Co. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of transplanting equipment. We also have the most complete line of plastic mulch equipment.

NAEX CORP. - POULENGER USA Contact: Don Taylor P.O. Box 421177 Houston, TX 77242 Phone: 281-879-0932 Fax: 281-879-1081 www.poulengerusa.com, www.poulenger.com info@poulengerusa.com NaEx Corp. is a manufacturer of agricultural inputs including organic fertilizers, nematicides and pesticides. Also offering

www.noursefarms.com info@noursefarms.com We have made our variety listings & descriptions available for you to review on our Web site. Free catalog and strawberry plasticulture guide available. OESCO, INC. Conway, MA 01341 Phone: 800-634-5557 OHIO EARTH FOOD, INC. Hartville, OH 44632 Phone: 330-877-9356 OLDS GARDEN SEED Madison, WI 53704 Phone: 800-949-5017 ORCHARD VALLEY SUPPLY INC. Harrisburg, NC Phone: 888-755-0098 www.orchardvalleysupply.com info@orchardvalleysupply.com America’s choice for vineyards, wineries, orchards and nurseries. Supplies for trellising, training, wildlife control, harvesting and so much more. ORO AGRI INC. Roanoke, TX 76262 Phone: 817-491-2057

NORTHWOODS NURSERY Molalla, OR 97038 Phone: 503-651-3737

NOURSE FARMS INC. Contact: Nate Nourse 41 River Rd. South Deerfield, MA 01373 Phone: 413-665-2658 Fax: 413-665-7888

L & H ENTERPRISES Lowgap, NC 27024 Phone: 336-352-4048

LUDVIG SVENSSON, INC. Contact: Kurt Parbst 535 Griffith Rd. Charlotte, NC 28217 Phone: 704-357-0457 Fax: 704-357-0460 www.svenssonglobal.com sales@svenssonamerias.com Svensson screens are designed to improve the success of professional greenhouse growers by enhancing the greenhouse climate. Screen solutions are engineered for the greenhouse to conserve energy, moderate temperature, extremes and fluctuations, control day length and reduce pesticide and herbicide usage.

wetting agents, surfactants, biostimulants, salt damage prevention products and moisture management.

PAGE SEED COMPANY 1A Green St. Greene, NY 13778 Phone: 607-656-4107

Fax: 607-656-5316 www.pageseed.com Retail, wholesale, bulk & packaged flower & vegetable seeds, ag & farm products such as grains, silage corn, grass, turf & landscape support - fertilizers, mulch, fabrics, nursery stock, bulbs, etc. PAIGE EQUIPMENT SALES & SERVICE INC. E. Williamson, NY 14449 Phone: 315-589-6651 PENN ATLANTIC NURSERY TRADE SHOW (PANTS) Contact: Sally O’Shea 1707 South Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA 17104 Phone: 717-238-6304 Fax: 717-238-1675 www.PANTSHOW.com soshea@PLNA.com PANTS is a trade show for nurseries, greenhouse growers, independent garden centers and landscape contractors. PANTS is an association produced event by PLNA. Join us July 31 - August 2, 2012 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. PRODUCE PROMOTIONS Contact: Karla Wise 2811 U.S. 31 Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: 888-575-4090 or 574-784-2188 Fax: 574-784-2468 www.producepromotions.com superbservice@mchsi.com Eye catching preprinted signage to help bring the customers to your farm market! We offer many designs in 10-foot feather flags, 3x8-foot banners, slip-

over poly marketeers, road signs, postcards, balloons, so much more! PRODUCEPACKAGING.COM Contact: Cindy Zuhlke P.O. Box 609 Bangor, PA 18013-0609 Phone: 610-588-7992 Fax: 610-588-6245 www.producepackaging.com cindy@producepackaging.com Keeping it Green - Made of recycled PETE. Earth friendly packaging in a variety of sizes and styles. Clamshells: pints, quarts, half pints, 3 and 4 packs, utility packs, lettuce crispers. Trays, 10 and 15 pound box liners, corrugated, soaker pads. PUTNAM PLASTICS INC. 255 So. Alex Rd. West Carrollton, OH 45449 Phone: 800-457-3099 Fax: 937-866-9365 www.putnamfarm.como packaging@putnamfarm.com Roadside and farm market packaging solutions for any season. QUICK INDUSTRIES, INC. 2728 Erie Dr. Weedsport, NY 13166 Phone: 800-356-7354 Fax: 315-834-9220 www.quickstring.com sales@quickstring.com Quick String is a time saving string dispenser that can clip to your belt or wall and allow you to dispense and cut with one hand. The tub will hold the twine, string or plastic tying ribbon in half pound balls, spools or rolls.


BUYER’S S GUIDEE COMPANY Y LISTINGS RANDALL TOOL & MANUFACTURING Jenison, MI 49428 Phone: 616-669-1260 RICHEY NURSERY CO., LLC Contact: Mark Richey 6184 Quarterline Rd. Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone: 800-798-4079 Fax: 231-798-4079 www.ShrubLiners.com info@richeynursery.com Propagators and growers of pre-

finished pot grown liners of flowering shrubs, broadleaf evergreens and herbs. See our Web site for more info. ROBERT MARVEL PLASTIC MULCH LLC Contact: Tara Marvel 2425 Horseshoe Pike Annville, PA 17003 Phone: 717-838-0976, 800-478-2214 Fax: 717-838-0978 www.robertmarvel.com

info@robertmarvel.com Your source for all your plastic mulch and drip line needs. Call for your free catalog or visit our Web site for more information.

ROCKFORD PACKAGE SUP-

PLY INC. Contact: Lynn Drown 10421 Northland Dr. N.E. Rockford, MI 49341 Phone: 616-866-0143, 800-444-7225 Fax: 616-266-4921 www.rockfordpack.com ldrown@rockfordpack.com Farm market and produce packaging cartons, bags, banners, labels, agritainment supplies.

ROETERS FARM EQUIPMENT, INC. Contact: Mark or Tim Roeters 565 E. 120th St. Grant, MI 49327 Phone: 231-834-7888 Fax: 231-834-8655 www.roetersfarmequipment.com roeters.eq@att.net Specializing in new and used vegetable equipment. From soil preparation, planting, cultivating, harvesting and packing line equipment.

ROGAN INC. Contact: Rick Rogan 400 S. Devils Glen Rd. Bettendorf, IA 52722 Phone: 563-355-2647 Fax: 563-355-8333 www.roganinc.com rick@roganinc.com Scales and material handling products. Visit our Web site or call to receive special pricing for Country Folks Grower’s readers. ROOF BASKET WORKS, INC. Lexington, SC 29072 Phone: 800-368-8425

SAN FRANCISCO HERB & NATURAL FOOD CO. Fremont, CA 94538 Phone: 800-227-2830 SCHAEFER VENTILATION EQUIPMENT Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 Phone: 800-779-3267

SILVER MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS TREES Contact: Joan Merrell 4672 Drift Creek Rd. SE Sublimity, OR 97385 Phone: 503-769-7127 Fax: 503-769-3549 www.silvermtnchristmastrees.com joan@slvermtnchristmastrees.com Noble fir, Douglas fir, Grand fir, Nordman fir Christmas trees. Wholesale quantities or individual boxed trees. Top quality, fresh from the Northwest. Wreaths and Garland. SOIL TECHNOLOGIES CORP. Fairfield, IA 52556 Phone: 641-472-3963 ext. 105 SOUTHERN SPECIALTY FOODS, LLC Contact: Phil Haines 737 Byne Sunshine Rd. Millen, GA 30442 Phone: 706-554-5560 Fax: 877-340-1611 www.southernspecialtyfoods.com phil@southernspecialtyfoods.com We private label jams, pickled items, salsas, dressings, BBQ sauces and whipped honey. We are a small family owned business offering fast turn around and free shipping. No typesetting or printing charges for our standard private label program.

STOKES LADDERS, INC. Contact: Jerry Hook P.O. Box 445 Kelseyville, CA 95451 Phone: 707-279-4306 Fax: 707-279-2232 www.stokesladders.com info@stokesladders.com Manufacturer of top quality professional grade orchard ladders for growers, arborists, landscapers and homeowners. Made in the USA.

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to refer to a way of farming that protected natural eco-systems. In 1990, the idea of sustainability was introduced into the U. S. Farm Bill and since then sustainable agriculture has become a popularized theme for being ecologically sound, socially equitable, using natural resources wisely, and preserving biodiversity in farming. In 1997, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

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safety education. • Changing policies, regulations and statutes to better support funding. For example, most states direct fines for improper use of pesticides into their general funds. These dollars would be an especially appropriate source of support for pesticide safety education. “There is no one solution to the increasingly precarious state of the

Pesticide Safety Education Program,” Van Wychen says. “A grassroots effort is needed by stakeholders at the state and national level to overcome policy and regulatory impediments and to ensure the program’s sustainability and focus.” The WSSA technical paper on pesticide safety education is available on the WSSA Web site: www.wssa.net.

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A.M.A. Hydroponics’ JS Hook System reduces labor costs Hydroponic tomato growers can reduce installation costs of prewound tomato hooks by using the very efficient JS Hook System, available through A.M.A.

the amount of twine they want on the hook and the length of the freefall. Hooks are available in 18 cm and 22 cm lengths, made from quality, galvanized

winds, freefalls fall faster and straighter when hanging hooks. A completely sustainable tomato crop growing option is available from A.M.A. Hydropon-

you have crop and media disposal handled in an environmentally sustainable way. We even offer an ecofriendly footbath solution called Bio-San. BVB Sublime offers increased control to the

grower, increased production in the crop and becomes fuel at the end of the crop, lowering disposal and fuel costs. You can see the JS Hook System being installed, and our leading edge line of hydropon-

ics growing supplies at www.A.M.A.hydroponics.com . A.M.A. Hydroponics ships across North America. Contact Shawn Mallen at 800338-1136 or smallen@ A.M.A.plas.com .

Annual Vegetable Growers’ School slated for Jan. 5 VALPARAISO, IN — The Illiana Vegetable Growers’ School will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville, Indiana. This school, sponsored by Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about pest management, production practices, variety selection,

and marketing; to visit with vendors; and to network with other growers. Information about registration and more details about the program content will be available online in early December at www.hort.purdue.edu/fruitveg under “Events.” For more information regarding the program, contact Liz Maynard, Purdue Extension specialist, at 219-531-4200 ext. 4206, emaynard@purdue.edu.

Pre-wound tomato hooks save growers time and allow consistent twine adjustments as the crop develops. Hooks are unwound regularly to allow the crop to drop as the vines grow longer. steel, with accurate bending. A.M.A. uses only the finest horticultural twines from Lankhorst Yarns, in 1/1,000; 1/1,200; or 1/1,500 qualities and several colors including: white, yellow, green, red, blue, and black. Lankhorst’s Elite Horti Twine is the softest in the business making it easier on the tomato plants and because there is much less “ziz-zag” as it un-

ics. Lankhorst compostable Bio Twine on the JS Hook System or traditional hooks, combined with Deleco’s BioClip and compostable truss support, offers the opportunity for the most sustainable and efficient end-of-crop disposal — 100 percent compostability — crop, twine, clips, truss supports. Combine this with The New Substrate, BVB Sublime, also from A.M.A. and

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Hydroponics, part of A.M.A. Plastics Ltd., of Kingsville, ON. The JS Hook System reduces tomato hook installation time by as much as 30 percent, meaning significant labor savings. Pre-wound tomato hooks save growers time and allow consistent twine adjustments as the crop develops. Hooks are unwound regularly to allow the crop to drop as the vines grow longer. Installing traditional hooks takes time, particularly due to the “freefall” having to be unwound as the hooks are installed. With the JS Hook System, from The Netherlands, there is already an unwound freefall so the entire hook hanging process moves quickly and efficiently, automatically dropping exactly the amount of freefall twine specified by the grower. There are no rubber bands or clips with the JS Hook System, so there is no waste on the ground from these. Hooks can be shipped with one of two colors of twine in a single case, for example, all white or alternating a white hook and a green one. Growers can specify


New labor proposals threaten safe, honest farm work for youth LANSING, MI — Farmers are being encouraged to submit public comments as soon as possible regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed revisions to child labor regulations. Touted by DOL as a move “that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields,” Craig Anderson, manager of the Michigan Farm Bureau Agricultural Labor and Safety Services Department, fears the action goes too far and would rob teenagers of local job opportunities that help to instill agriculture’s strong work ethic. “There are still some very vague areas in the proposals, but these, on the surface, appear to go way too far,” he said. “These proposals would prohibit grandchildren from working on their grandparent’s farm, would prevent farmers from instilling a solid work ethic in

their children and would leave the farmers liable for fines and penalties just for giving their children chores that involve power equipment. For example, having your kids pick up sticks and branches while you’re cutting firewood would be a banned practice.” The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they were promulgated in 1970, the DOL said in a press release. The department is proposing updates based on the enforcement experiences of its Wage and Hour Division, recommendations made by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and a commitment to bring parity between the rules for young workers employed in agricultural jobs and the more strin-

gent rules that apply to those employed in nonagricultural workplaces. The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents, the DOL said. The proposal would strengthen current child labor regulations prohibiting agricultural work with animals and in pesticide handling, timber operations, manure pits and storage bins. The department also is proposing to create a new nonagricultural hazardous occupations order that would prevent children under 18 from being employed in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials. Prohibited places of employment would include grain elevators, stockyards and livestock auctions. Anderson said such rules could mean that children under age 18 would be prohibited from exhibiting and selling animals at county fairs, but it was un-

clear if the rules would go that far. The proposal would prohibit farm workers under 16 from operating almost all powerdriven equipment. A similar prohibition has existed as part of the nonagricultural child labor provisions for more than 50 years. A limited exemption would permit some student learners to operate certain farm implements and tractors, when equipped with proper rollover protection structures and seat belts, under specified conditions.

The FLSA establishes a minimum age of 18 for hazardous work in nonagricultural employment and 16 in agricultural employment. Once agricultural workers reach age 16, they are no longer subject to the FLSA’s child labor provisions. The FLSA also provides a complete exemption for youths employed on farms owned by their parents. Even with that exemption, Anderson said, the DOL is barking up the wrong tree. “With the homicide rate among teens at 20.7

per 100,000 (according to childtrendsdatabank.org), and the farm injury rate for all ages at about two per 100,000, I think this effort is misguided,” he said. The public is invited to provide comments on the proposal, which must be received by Nov. 1. A public hearing on the proposal will be scheduled following the comment period. For more information, go to the proposed rule Web site, www.dol.gov/whd/ CL/AG_NPRM.htm Source: Michigan Farm News, Sept. 15, 2011

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NATIVE GRASSES, sedges, rushes, wildflowers, and herbaceous plants for use in wetland mitigation, restoration, and landscape design. Contract growing available. Signature Horticultural Services, Freeland, MD. Call 410329-6466 or fax 410-3292156.

Nursery Liners 67 YEARS RAISING SUPERIOR NURSERY STOCK FOR GROWERS. Blueberry Plants are VIRUS TESTED, and State of Michigan Certified.

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Number / Classification 35 Announcements 50 Applicators 80 Auctions 110 Bedding Plants 120 Bees-Beekeeping 130 Bird Control 155 Building Materials/ Supplies 165 Business Opportunities 210 Christmas Trees 235 Computers 330 Custom Services 415 Employment Wanted 440 Farm Machinery For Sale 445 F a r m M a c h i n e r y Wanted 470 Financial Services 500 For Sale 505 Forklifts 510 Fresh Produce, Nursery 515 Fruit Processing Eq. 530 Garden Supplies 535 Generators 570 G r e e n h o u s e Plugs/Cuttings 575 Greenhouse Supplies 580 Groundcover 605 Heating 610 Help Wanted 680 Irrigation 700 Lawn & Garden 805 Miscellaneous 820 Nurseries 840 Nursery Supplies 855 Orchard Supplies 910 Plants 950 Real Estate For Sale 955 Real Estate Wanted 1035 Seeds & Nursery 1040 Services Offered 1130 Tractors 1135 Tra c t o r s, Pa r t s & Repair 1140 Trailers 1155 Tree Moving Services 1165 Trees 1170 Truck Parts & Equipment 1180 Trucks 1190 Vegetable 1205 Wanted

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OCT 26-29 PLANET Green Industry Conference Kentucky Expo Center & the Louisville Downtown Marriott, Louisville, KY. Topics will include the new technology, products and services hitting the market. On Internet at www.Green IndustryConference.org NOV 15-16 Academy for Dairy Executives March 23-24 in Alexandria Bay and Nov. 15-16 in Ogdensburg. A new program that offers the unique opportunity to discover and hone skills that are proven to be essential for well rounded, high performing dairy managers. The 2011 class will be made up of 20 to 30 dairy producers from across the Northern New York region. The Academy of Dairy Executives will allow dairy managers to further improve their management practices through a three part program over 10 months. Participants attending the Academy will participate in the three, in-depth seminars at sites across the Northern New York Region in 2011. For more information contact Peggy Murray Farm Business Management, Lewis County CCE, 315376-5270, fax 315-3765281, e-mail mlm40@ cornell.edu or Corey Hayes Farm Business Management, Jefferson County CCE, 315-788-8450 ext. 260, fax 315-788-8461, email cmh298@cornell.edu. JAN 5 The Illiana Vegetable Growers’ School Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville, IN. This school offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about pest management, production practices, variety selection and marketing; to visit with vendors and network with other growers. Contact Liz Maynard, 219531-4200 ext. 4206 or email emaynard@purdue.edu.


Influence of preharvest factors on postharvest quality by Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin Obtaining the optimum postharvest quality of vegetables actually begins very early in the farm planning process. The effects of preharvest factors on postharvest quality are often overlooked and underestimated. However, many of the decisions that we make during crop production can greatly influence the postharvest quality of crops. It is critical to remember that vegetable quality is only maintained postharvest – it is not improved during the harvest and storage processes. Thus, it is of utmost importance to consider the preharvest factors that allow us to maximize the quality of the vegetables going into storage. These factors encompass production and management

decisions concerning soil fertility, variety selection, irrigation, and pest management. Soil Factors Maintaining good, longterm soil health and quality remains a primary goal of organic production systems. Achieving this goal will ultimately benefit the postharvest quality of vegetables grown on the farm, as the availability of the optimal levels of plant nutrients throughout the growing season will allow for optimal quality of the vegetables throughout the packing and distribution processes. Deficiencies or overabundances of certain plant nutrients can affect positively or negatively a crop’s susceptibility to physiological disorders, disease, and negative composition and textural changes. When opti-

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benefits, including increased vitamin C content, extended storage life, delayed ripening, increased firmness, and reduced respiration and ethylene production Soil Texture The texture of the soil on which certain vegetable crops are grown may also affect the postharvest quality. For example, carrots grown on muck soils have been shown to have a greater concentration of terpenoids, a chemical that imparts a bitter flavor, than carrots grown on sandy soil. Irrigation Adequate soil moisture during the preharvest period is essential for the maintenance of postharvest quality. Water stress during the growing season can affect the size of the harvested plant organ, and lead to soft or dehydrated fruit that is more prone to damage and decay during storage. On the other hand, vegetables experiencing an excess of water during the growing season can show a dilution of soluble solids and acids, affecting flavor and nutritional quality. Excess moisture on the harvested vegetable can also increase the incidence

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World’s first, counter-rotating weeding and til ing machine that chops, mulches dense, tall weeds down to their roots, reaches to small spaces, between in-roll plants, young fruit trees and vegetables. Works fast, effective, safe and easy, and economical. Ideal for organic farms, fruit and vegetable fields, gardens, landscaping, and horticultures. Invented and made in Michigan, U.S.A. Innovative Devices Inc. Tel: 269-567-8862; website: tillerweeder.com

mizing soil fertility to improve postharvest quality, it is important to remember that these may not be the same soil nutrient levels that produce the highest yields. Nitrogen Nitrogen is an important mineral element that is used by almost all crops. Nitrogen, as a key component of plant proteins, plays an important role in plant growth and development (Ritenour). Because of nitrogen’s involvement in protein synthesis, soil nitrogen deficiencies may lead to lower protein concentrations in vegetables, thereby affecting the nutritional composition of the crop. Adequate soil nitrogen supplies allow for the optimal development of vegetable color, flavor, texture, and nutritional quality. Excess soil nitrogen can be problematic as well. Re-

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of postharvest diseases. To minimize the amount of water on the harvested vegetable brought into storage, it may be beneficial to choose surface or subsurface irrigation rather than overhead irrigation. Vegetables harvested in the early morning, during rainy periods, and from poorly ventilated areas can also experience increased postharvest decay. Insect Pests Insect pest problems during the growing season can also affect postharvest quality, both obvious and no-so obvious ways. Visible blemishes on the vegetable surface caused by insect feeding can have a negative effect on the appearance of vegetables, thus decreasing their appeal to consumers. Feeding injury on vegetables by insects can lead to surface injury and punctures, creating entry points for decay organisms and increasing the probability of postharvest diseases. In addition, the presence of insect pests on vegetables entering storage leads to the possibility of these insects proliferating in storage and becoming an issue. Selection of Vegetable Varieties The selection of the right vegetable variety for your farm and market channel can greatly influence the subsequent postharvest quality (Shewfelt and Prussia 1993). Certain varieties are more suited for the longer-term storage that is essential for marketing to larger wholesale outlets. Other varieties may optimize taste, essential for the post harvest quality of vegetables going to farmers markets or CSA’s. When planning which

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postharvest decay in storage. Certain staking techniques also may allow more light penetration and air circulation through the canopy, increasing fruit yield and size (Hanson et al. 2001). • Pruning certain crops (such as tomatoes) can alter the microclimate around the plants in ways that benefit postharvest quality. For instance, removing some of the plant foliage can allow for better air circulation and thus minimize excess moisture around the fruits, leading to less decay and postharvest disease issues. • Row covers over leafy greens can minimize physical damage to certain vegetables, especially leafy greens. By minimizing physical injury to the plant tissue, fewer entry points for microorganisms are present on the vegetable surface, thus minimizing the potential for postharvest diseases to manifest. Adapted from: Silva, E. 2008. Influence of preharvest factors on postharvest quality. In Wholesale success: a farmer's guide to selling, postharvest handling, and packing produce. Source: www.extension.org

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is simply no way to accurately forecast price tags on trees in any given year, and the survey instrument does not delve into why people spend more or less on their tree than in previous years. The number of trees purchased was within 4 percent of the last two years in spite of the bad economy and that bodes well for the industry’s future. “The good news for family farms growing Christmas Trees is many

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sell these today at their Norwegian log cabin Christmas Shoppe. The retail outlet also carries a collection of Pipka collectible Santa Claus figurines and other holiday items. As time passed, consumer demand changed and Lowes Creek Tree Farm adjusted its Christmas tree offerings. Instead of just pines, it began producing Fraser, Balsam and Canaan Firs and an array of spruce trees too. “One of the challenges of planting Christmas trees is trying to predict what people will want 10 to 12 years ahead of time,” said Therese. “While we grow mostly firs for our choose-andcut operation, we also have Colorado Blue, Black Hills, White, Norway and Serbian Spruce. We grow White and Red Pine too.” Many of the evergreens are sold through the farm’s nursery and garden center business, which has been in operation since the mid 1980s. The business not only sells evergreens, it is also a purveyor of landscape trees, shrubs, perenni-

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Lowes from B2 The company also has its own landscaping design and installation team. Plus, a staff of workers who tend to the Christmas trees and another crew that manages the nursery stock. “Right now, our retail shop is filled with pumpkins, squash, gourds, corn stalks and other fall products,” said Therese. “We also sell mums, hydrangeas, evergreens and various plants that customers might be planting in the fall.” After Halloween, the space will be transformed yet again. Christmas decor will be

scattered about and the entire focus will shift to the winter holidays. Belgian horses and a wagon are brought in each year to offer customers a ride out to the fields to select their trees. When snow falls, the wagon is swapped out for a sleigh. According to Therese, the choose-and-cut operation and nursery/garden center have evolved into the exact vision they had for the farm over 30 years ago. “We wanted to create a piece of nature where

people could come to cut their Christmas trees and enjoy during the holidays and all year round,” she noted. “The city of O’Claire has grown up all around us and we have become an island of farmland, preserving this land for people to enjoy as it has been for more than a century.” The Olsons have traced the farm’s history back to 1868 when it was first sold to a Wisconsin railroad company. Its most consistent use has been as a farm, with one family after an-

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who could demonstrate holiday trends with a colorful slide or PowerPoint presentation. Be sure to display your brochures, business cards and/or coupons from your farm. Before things get hectic this November, review and update your local media contact lists. Phone or e-mail every media contact with your event plans; offer an interview and farm photo opportunity. Keep in touch; send another press release a week after Thanksgiving and again after Christmas. You could include human interest stories with photos of happy families in your fields and describe Christmas tree pickup and recycling options in your area. Your early and midseason press releases should include the following great reasons to use a real Christmas tree. The NCTA Web site lists these and many more benefits over artificial trees.


Balsam woolly adelgid was first found on Mount Mitchell, NC, in 1957. The Fraser fir trees located at high elevations on Mount Mitchell have experienced heavy mortality. Photo by Robert F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, courtesy of forestryimages.org

Balsam Woolly Adelgid in Fraser Fir by D. Moorhead and G.K. Douce for Forest Encyclopedia Network The balsam woolly adelgid (Adelges piceae), a native of Europe, was first located in the southern Appalachians in 1957 on Mount Mitchell, NC. It has become a major pest of Fraser fir (Abies fraserii) in the southern Appalachians. Fraser fir is an endemic southern Appalachian tree and the only fir native to the southeastern United States. Fraser fir occurs in the high elevation spruce-fir ecosystem, which is rare in the southern Appalachians (SAMAB 1996). The balsam woolly adelgid has spread throughout the entire range of Fraser fir and now threatens the existence of this rare tree and its unique ecosystem. In addition, Fraser fir is an important species for Christmas tree producers. Balsam woolly adelgid infestations can severely im-

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Infestations of balsam woolly adelgid appear as tiny white dots along the limbs and trunks. Photo by USDA Forest Service, courtesy of forestryimages.org

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Promote from B5 • Across the country, over 4,000 communities offer Christmas tree recycling, pick-up and/or chipping programs. Be sure to take a break and walk among your trees to remind you why you’re spending all this time in the office rather than outside on a beautiful, fall day. Fall site preparation Ready your site for visitors. Clean your signs and ensure they list accurate farm hours and prices. Clear any brush or branches that may obscure your signs. Grade your parking lot and have your snow plow in working order. Consider setting aside a covered area for pre-cut trees and greens for sale during bad weather. Be sure your lighting works; days are getting shorter and daylight savings time will end on Nov. 6. Clean your office and Visitor Center. Sharpen your saws. Make sure your baler is working and that you have enough netting in stock for the season. Consider offering hot chocolate and warm spiced cider to your customers. When Thanksgiving looms: verify you have adequate staff, small bills for your change box

and cord for tying trees to car roofs. Be sure keep good daily sales records. Take photos and videos of customers and special events. Post these images on social media and state association Web sites and use them for future marketing efforts. Get your farm listed To help potential customers find your Christmas tree farm, be sure you farm is listed on your local Department of Agriculture Web site and consider joining a state or national growers association and/or a Chamber of Commerce. Many association and Chamber of Commerce Web sites cover neighboring states and allow users to search by town, farm name or state. Some association and chamber Web sites offer members an individual page displaying events, promotions, coupons, address, phone number, products, services and hours. As a Christmas tree grower, you are not alone. Across the country, nearly 15,000 Christmas tree farms grow 350 million Christmas trees and over 100,000 people work in the industry in 47 states according to the NCTA.

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Anderson Pots: The first is still the best Anderson Die and Manufacturing was founded In Portland, OR by George Anderson in 1954. Originally the firm was a custom diemaker and the manufacturer of various injection molded plastic products. Only a few years after its founding, it began to market the first Anderson nursery container — a 2 inch square pot with drainage holes. Then, Anderson’s attention turned to replacing the nursery field containers of the day — typically used food cans or heavy clay pots. Growers had difficulty in securing enough metal cans from prisons and cafeterias for their needs. Even when they could get enough metal cans, they still had to punch the holes in each can by hand. Plastic pots with the holes already in place were George Anderson’s answer. A new industry was born. Growth in the nursery pot business lead to a move to a new larger plant complex off McLaughlin Avenue in Milwaukie, OR, just below the Portland city limits in 1965. Many

additional plastic pot designs were soon in full production and it wasn’t long before Anderson Pots were known throughout the world. Anderson Pots have always been prized for innovative designs, thick walls, and superb injection molded quality. Anderson pots are reusable — they are not one time use throwaways, but excellent long-term investments for growers. Today, Anderson Die and Manufacturing’s sprawling manufacturing plant includes a large number of high quality injection molded machines including more than a dozen new Husky Hylectric machines, known for rapid cycle times and consistent quality. They make nursery pots of many sizes and styles, including: Anderson’s unique cross-bottom tree bands, flats, heavy duty saucers and unique bio-degradable plastic pots in the Eco Choice line. Anderson pots are shipped across North America and, occasionally still, overseas. Anderson sells its

line of pots through various nursery supply firms as well as direct (wholesale sales only) from its Oregon headquarters. With the growing concern about throw-away plastics going into landfills, Anderson’s long-standing reputation for long field life and for their pot’s water saving qualities, suggest the company’s future is bright in its sixth decade as a nursery supplier. Everything they sell is made in the U.S.A. in Oregon, not China or South East Asia. Look for the Anderson Die & Manufacturing name prominently displayed on the bottoms of the plastic pots wherever quality plants are sold. Anderson’s motto is “Quality Plants Deserve an Anderson Pot.” In addition to being a quality, reusable investment that can be justified economically in terms of long term value, Anderson’s recycled polyethylene and polypropylene pots are innovative designs that offer growers: • Higher survival rates • Excellent root devel-

opment • Stacking ribs to inhibit root circling • Improved root protection from the sun’s rays • Improved root protection from cold temperatures • Water saving drainage designs • Ease of handling in potting and grafting Anderson’s strives to always offer competitive prices on quality injection-molded plastic nursery products; prices that are truly bargains for what you

get. But, the company says Anderson is never going to be the cheapest container supplier for nurseries who look only at lowest cost without considering quality and service. If you are looking for the cheapest initial price on pots, you should probably buy elsewhere. On the other hand, if service and long term value drive your decision making, Anderson Pots may be exactly what you seek. Anderson’s customers tell them their pots last and

last. It is not uncommon to find Anderson pots more than a decade old still in use. This company has gone against the grain by emphasizing long term value in an age defined by short-cuts and inexpensive plastic throwalways. In its sixth decade Anderson’s strategy is still working. For more information call 866-950-POTS (7687) or 503-6545629, email info@andersonpots.com or visit www.andersonpots.com

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Woolly from B6 naked eye. However, a noticeable white woolly mass covers the adults and their eggs, making infestations easily visible. These woolly masses appear as white dots along the trunk, limbs, and buds of infested trees (U.S. Forest Service 1989). Within the United States, the entire population is female, and reproduction occurs via unfertilized eggs. Adults lay up to 100 eggs, and two to four generations are produced each year. The mobile immature stage, called crawlers, is orange, with small legs and black eyes (Figure 2). The eggs and crawlers are dispersed mainly by wind but also can be dispersed by birds, mammals, and humans. When feeding, the adelgids inject salivary compounds into the boles of Fraser firs, stimulating the growth of abnormal xylem cells. These cells, called Roholz cells, are red and wider than normal (SAMAB 1996). The Roholz cells interfere with the ability of the tree to transfer water, causing increased stress. Most species of fir produce a defense response to adeligid infestation, thus reducing the stress. However, Fraser firs usually do not display this response. Initial signs of damage from infestations include gouting (swelling) of twigs and buds and twig dieback ( U.S. Forest Service 1989). A heavily infested tree may die within two to seven years after infestation. Chemical control of balsam woolly adelgid is very expensive and time consuming. Ornamental trees or Christmas tree plantations can be treated with chemical controls to lessen the impact, but this is not usually feasible in forested set-

tings ( U.S. Forest Service 1989). Other control efforts have been initiated with little result. Currently, Fraser fir populations remain at great risk from balsam woolly adelgid infestations. For more informatiojn visit www.extension.org /pages/58027/balsamwoolly-adelgid-in-fraser-fir Source: www.extension.org

Gouting, or swelling, of young twigs in often a response to balsam woolly adelgid infestations. Photo by Robert L. Anderson, courtesy of forestryimages.org

Immature balsam woolly adelgids, called crawlers, are the only mobile stage in the adelgid life cycle. Photo by USDA Forest Service, courtesy of forestryimages.org

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ECO Farming: A new system for the 21st Century CELINA, Ohio — Everyone has an opinion about conventional tillage versus no-till. Ohio State University Extension, in conjunction with the Natural Resource Conversation Service and the Ohio No-till Council have developed a third tillage system for farmers to consider. ECO Farming is a new concept and way of farming in the

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gy Service Center, Ohio No-till Council President Dave Brandt, and Mark Scarpiti, Ohio NRCS agronomist, collaboratively defined the ECO Farming concept. “Continuous Living Cover means that farmers try to keep a living crop on the soil 100 percent of the time,” Archuleta said. Examples include grain crops followed by cover crops,

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fertilizer inputs by 5070 percent, herbicide costs by 50 percent, and reduced my fuel consumption,” Brandt said. “All while adding soil organic matter (SOM) which improved my soil health and increased my crops’ yields over the past 15 years.” “This system closely mimics natural cycles in virgin soils by feeding the microbes,” said Hoorman, who also is an agriculture and natural resources educator for OSU Extension. “You have 1,000-2,000 times more microbes associated with live roots.” Plants supply 25 to 40 percent of their carbohydrate reserves to feeding the microbes, which in turn recycle nitrogen, phosphorus, and water back to the plant roots. This natural process improves soil structure and increases water infiltration and water storage. The ECO Farming innovators insist that for farmers to accept this system, it must be economically viable, and in the long run should also be ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable. The system appears to have all three attributes. “For 100 to 200 years, farmers have been tilling the soil and basically mining it of nutrients, destroying soil structure and losing 60 to 80 percent of soil organic matter,” said Archuleta. “Now we can use advanced knowledge of soils, soil health, and soil ecology to work with Mother Nature rather than against her.”


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