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Crop Insurance 2017

Rainfall index plan helpful in managing hay crop

  THURMONT, Md. (Feb. 6, 2017) — As far as horse-boarding facilities go, Breezy Hill Stables is similar to an exclusive, trendy restaurant: There’s always a waiting list. When one horse leaves, 20 more are ready to take its place. “It’s almost like milking cows,”...

Soaked spring weather stresses cucumber industry

  FEDERALSBURG, Md. (Feb. 6, 2018) — When it comes to growing pickling cucumbers, Caroline County farmer Hannah Cawley will tell you that timing is everything. At her family’s farm — Hay Jay Acres, owned by Cawley’s parents, Harry and Janice Nagel — they grow an...

Shaw Orchards relies on diversification for success

  NORRISVILLE, Md. (Feb. 6, 2017) — Where north meets south and Maryland meets Pennsylvania, the Shaw family has been growing fruit for customers on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line for more than a century. Nestled between Norrisville, Md., and Stewartstown,...

Farmer, ag agent espouses using crop insurance

  CENTREVILLE, Md. (Feb. 6, 2017) — While some may see the mixture of manure and bedding material (known as litter) lining the floor of a poultry house as simply a layer of muck, Queen Anne’s County grower Jenny Rhodes knows what it truly is: An asset. “I call it...

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