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Crop Insurance 2017

Derrs getting by while tending to their blessings

        MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Wife and husband Jamie and Chris Derr are the fourth generation to manage Valley Ho Farm nestled in the Middletown area of Frederick County. The Derrs milk about 75 Holstein dairy cattle and grow corn, soybeans, barley,...

Deadline to insure individual hemp is March 15

        WASHINGTON — March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage for industrial hemp grown for fiber, flowers or seed through Whole Farm Revenue Coverage. Eligibility for coverage will depend on federal and state regulations related to hemp...

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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