U-pick berry season at Ruffwing Farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the most fun, wholesome, and flavorful family summer activities that can be had is a visit to a local u-pick berry farm. Teenagers stow away their phones and forget that they have them whilst picking through dense berry bushes, looking for the pick of the crop tucked deep in the recesses of the plant while older generations reflect back to the days of their youth when they were sent out a-berrying along dusty roadsides and railroad tracks for wild berries.As hands become stained a deep purple and five gallon buckets fill with almost explosive, juicy fruit, the berry-picking party has much to look forward to — fresh, hot berry pie and vanilla ice cream with more berries on the side.John and Cindy Albert and Family offer a destination for such experiences on their farm in Fairfield County near Lancaster — Ruffwing Farms. The Albert’s farm of 52 acres is split up between sheep pastures, CRP habitat, chicken, quail, and pigeon coops, and berry plots. While the area devoted to the u-pick berry operation is relatively small — approximately one acre — it produces plentiful berries for customers.“In 2007, I planted 3,000 plants into 42 rows that are roughly 100 feet long,” John said. “Over the past nine years, we have averaged 1,400 to 1,500 pounds of berries per year. We raise Black Jewel Raspberries. Jewel is the best plant to use. I’ve tried a bunch of them and there’s no better black raspberry in the world. We also pre-pick and sell red raspberries that we raise in a 70- by 35- hoop house. We have 100 red raspberry plants in the hoop house and about 50 blueberry plants in our backyard whose fruit we also sell pre-picked.”But customers may not get too many bucket loads of these blueberries, as they are Cindy’s favorites.“I’m pretty selfish with those. I have a deep freeze in the house that is full, mostly of frozen blueberries!” Cindy said, with her delicious blueberry muffins to show for it.Although the picking season for black raspberries is short — only about 2.5 weeks from late June through mid-July — maintaining the berry bushes for optimal growth and yield is a yearlong endeavor.“For an established field, I start pruning around the time of the NFL playoffs, from early December through January. I want to prune when the plant is dormant, cutting all of last’s year’s plants out, and trimming this year’s plants to size. You want them to be 36 to 40 inches tall for u-pick, right about at waist level,” John said. “Making time for pruning in the winter can be difficult. It is enjoyable work, but it just takes awhile.“At the end of February or early March, I’ll put on the granular weed control product pre-emergent, spray lime sulfur in April, and by the middle to latter part of April, I will apply my first fertilizer. I spray the plants with fungicide from April until sometime in June when the outside temperature gets above an average of 72 degrees. I have the irrigation system ready by May 15, and by June, there will be fertigation every two weeks through the end of the picking season.”Even as the picking season comes and passes, the Alberts are still working in the berry patch to manage the growth of their plants and the appearance and quality of the fruit for their customers.“In July, when people start picking, I’m tipping, which sets the height for the next year and helps create lateral branches,” John said. “I’m always scouting for bugs and pests. And during the picking season, I spray ‘Switch,’ which is a zero pre-harvest fungicide that stops mold for seven to 10 days so that you don’t get gray mold on the berries. From the time we are done picking, I spray fungicides on the bushes every two weeks.”The biggest challenge other than keeping up with the spray schedule for Ruffwing Farms is orange rust, an airborne, spring-season disease that weakens the plants the first year it appears, and then kills them.“I plan to pull these berry plants out after this picking season because I have orange rust on some of the plants. I’m not going to try fighting it, but will instead get rid of these and replant new 18-month-old plants for next season,” John said.The replanting of this berry patch will give John an opportunity to expand his operations, both with the berries and elsewhere on the farm. He plans to purchase some dairy sheep this summer to start on-site creamery next year.“With the new blackberry plants being planted for next year, there won’t be as much product to sell next summer as the bushes establish themselves, which should give me some time to focus on getting the creamery up and running,” John said.When the Alberts first bought the farmland behind their home, saving it from real estate development, they knew that they wanted to do something productive with it, and growing berries was something that they found they could do with the limited amount of equipment that they had at the time. John saw that there was very little competition in the area for u-pick berries.“Berries are very healthy, they have a lot of antioxidants,” Cindy said. “When we started, I was a stay-at-home mom and John was working as an engineer in Columbus. In the summer, I was able to run the stand with my daughters and we would also sell at the farmer’s market. For the first couple of years, when we had few customers, we would be open daily for 2.5 weeks. But when we established a customer base and word got out about us, we had to start limiting berry picking times and days due to demand. People will come and pick you out.”The Alberts are proud that despite of the demand for and increased popularity of their product, they have never raised the price for their fruits. The u-pick blackberries cost $4 per pound, pre-picked they cost $5 a pound and the pre-picked red raspberries and blueberries cost $6 a pound. They provide quart boxes and containers to their consumers and go out of their way to make a visit to their farm a memorable, pleasant venture.The entire family mentioned that talking with the customers who visit their farm and sharing it with them is the most enjoyable aspect of their u-pick berry sales.“People are coming out here for the experience, to be in the country picking berries, to have the peace and quiet. People enjoy hearing and seeing the sheep, and the quail, and the pheasants,” Cindy said. “I like the people coming out. It is so much fun; people are so appreciative and everyone has a story to tell about their past experiences berry picking. I like to hear what people do with them — sometimes they’ll even bring us back a pie! Plus, with people coming out and picking themselves, it saves us the labor of doing it ourselves.”John and Cindy’s eldest daughters who are now away at college, Caitlin and Abby, used to enjoy helping out at the farmer’s market. Emma, who is 13, said that “It is fun to meet new people and help them pick berries, eat the berries, and drive around on the (Kawasaki) Mule.”Ten-year-old Ava says that she likes “having people we know come out, especially my teachers!”John said that the biggest challenge in dealing with customers is keeping them happy and making sure there are enough berries.“I don’t want them disappointed if they were to show up and we were picked out or nothing was ripe,” he said. “Sometimes people come from a long way to pick some berries.”In addition to berries, Ruffwing Farms sells lamb meat and eggs from off the farm and will gladly make up packages of their products for customers.Those who visit the Albert Family for a day of berry picking at Ruffwing Farms should plan to come early before the heat of noon, when perhaps the best of the morning’s crop is gone or the patch is picked bare for the day. Dates and times that the farm is open for berry picking are updated often during the June and July picking season at www.ruffwingfarms.com. They can also be found on Facebook and can be reached by telephone at 740-536-7853. The farm is located at 2942 Elder Road outside of Lancaster.last_img read more

Considerations for extended cold, wet spring weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the last several days we have been monitoring soil temperatures in a field near the Seed Consultants, Inc. main office. At 9:30am on Wednesday April, 11 soil temp at a 2-inch depth was 38 degrees Fahrenheit. After warm, sunny weather, 24 hours later soil temp in the same area of the field was 51 degrees. Corn requires 55 degrees Fahrenheit for germination, soybeans require 50 degrees. Although soil temperatures can reach sufficient levels after a few days of warm weather, it is important to keep in mind that they can drop just as quickly. On Friday April 13 the soil temperatures had climbed to 69 degrees F. However, after cooler weather and 1.3 inches of rain over the weekend, soil temp was at 40 degrees F this morning.When planting into adequate conditions, it is important to keep the forecast in mind. The first 24 hours a seed is in the ground are critical to its survival, and a cold wet rain in this time period can cause cold shock, which can kill seedlings.Wet weather is delaying burndown and allowing weeds to continue to develop. Over the last week our agronomy staff has observed marestail (that emerged last fall) beginning to bolt as well as giant ragweed that are 1 to 2 inches tall. Herbicide applications should be made as soon as weather and soil conditions allow. Be sure to follow labeled rates of products and make applications when weeds are no taller than 4 to 6 inches.As we have observed in the past, spring winds and storms bring with them black cutworm and armyworm moths. Over the last several days the eastern Corn Belt has experienced weather conducive to moth migration north while growing weeds in fields provide areas for moths to lay eggs. Growers should monitor moth reports (click here for Purdue’s Moth Trap Report) and scout fields to determine if pests are present and if an insecticide treatment should be made.last_img read more

Use plot data to make sound decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is important to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data and helps to remove variables that can skew results.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety at regular intervals within the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. The use of a tester minimizes the effect soil type variability has on the plot results to ensure more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance—across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well in 2014 and 2015, in multiple locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top 5 or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents varietal performance.last_img read more

PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.Both were ejected after getting slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.The two met while being escorted by security on their way to their dugouts on opposite ends of the Cuneta Astrosome hallway and got into a heated verbal exchange.Rain or Shine leads, 44-40, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined Almazan and Camson got tangled near basket while fighting for positioning during a rebound play. Camson appeared to hit first with an elbow that triggered the scuffle. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WARNING: This video contains strong language.Heated hallway exchange between Almazan, Camson after getting ejected. #PBA2018 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/O3DARcXY6b— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game between Rain or Shine and Kia turned ugly after Elasto Painters center Raymond Almazan and Picanto big man Eric Camson traded blows late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Detailed look at the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final

first_imgThe India versus Pakistan World Cup match on Wednesday is being billed as the final before the final, having gained elevated status among the billion-plus people in these cricket-obsessed countries. A peek into the numbers -It was already the most discussed match in the World Cup, but it will no longer be just about years of intense rivalry or Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international century.Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will attend after a direct invitation from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, giving the match a new diplomatic significance.In a cricket sense alone both sides will be under massive pressure. It is the first time they have met in the semifinal of the World Cup, though they met in the 1996 quarterfinal in Bangalore, which India won by 39 runs.This is the first head-to-head match since July 2008 which has taken place on the home soil of one of the teams. On that occasion Pakistan beat India by eight wickets in Karachi in the Asia Cup.Mohali is the border state of Punjab and this will be the closest Pakistan have been to a home game since March 2009, when the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team’s convey en route to a test match at Lahore led to the end of teams touring Pakistan for the foreseeable future.Master Blaster Sachin TendulkarThe teams have only met four times in nine previous World Cups and India have won all four games convincingly. Sachin Tendulkar has played in all four of these encounters, scoring 54 not out, 31, 45 and 98.In 1992 in Sydney, India won by 43 runs after Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 68 runs. In a highly-charged match Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More made a frenzied appeal for a legside catch off Javed Miandad – Javed mocked him by leaping up and down. Tendulkar was man of the match for an unbeaten 54 and 1-37.advertisementIn 1996 in Bangalore India won the quarterfinal by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu made 93 out of 287-8. In Pakistan, crowds burned an effigy of Wasim Akram even though had not played in the game because of injury. It was Miandad’s final match. While announcing his retirement he took the opportunity to denounce the team management.In 1999 India won the Super Six match by 47 runs at Old Trafford amid high security because of the tense situation in Kashmir. India scored 227-6. Pakistan made 180 off 45.3 overs with Venkatesh Prasad taking 5-27.In 2003 India won by six wickets at Centurion. Pakistan made 273-7, with Saeed Anwar scoring 101. India reached 276-4 in 45.4 overs and Tendulkar was man-of-the-match for his 98 off 75 balls, laying into Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling despite struggling with cramp.HEAD TO HEAD ODIs: Played 119; India 46, Pakistan 69, NR 4In India: Played 26; India 9, Pakistan 17In World Cup: Played 4; India 4, Pakistan 0At Mohali: Played 2; Pakistan 2– In April 1999 Pakistan won by seven wickets in Mohali after bowling India out for 196. It was Virender Sehwag’s debut match and he batted at No. 7. Saqlain Mushtaq took 3-49 and Shoaib 2-18. From 34-3 Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq added an unbeaten 163 after Prasad had dismissed the top three batsmen.– On Nov. 8, 2007, Pakistan won by four wickets. India made 321-9, with Tendulkar out for 99 after edging Umar Gul to the keeper. Pakistan overhauled India’s total with a ball to spare with Younis Khan making 117 and Shahid Afridi hitting the winning run. The 322-6 is still Pakistan’s highest score batting second to win an ODI.– India have played nine games at the Punjab Cricket Association ground at Mohali, winning five and losing four, including two to Pakistan. Of the eight floodlit games, India has won four and lost four.– Pakistan has played six games here, all under lights, won two and lost four. Pakistan has batted second every time. Afridi has played in all six matches, spanning more than 10 years.– Overall 18 ODI’s have been staged at the PCA Ground. Of the fifteen that were floodlit matches, 10 have been won by the side batting first and the average first innings score is 253.– The two matches played here in this World Cup were both day games and the results went to form with South Africa beating the Netherlands and West Indies beating Ireland.– Once again all eyes will be on Sachin. He scored 53 in the quarterfinal win over Australia as a nation watched hoping he would reach his 100th international hundred. Will he make it against Pakistan? He has 32,710 international runs at 49.71 from 629 matches, with 99 hundreds, 153 fifties and 34 ducks.– He is the first batsman to cross the 18,000 run barrier, his 18,008 coming at 45.13 with 48 centuries and 94 half centuries. His average against Pakistan is lower at 39.16 and he has five hundreds and five ducks against them.advertisement– Afridi is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 at 10.71, including two five-wicket hauls. He has taken a wicket every 18 balls and his economy rate is 3.49 in his seven matches. Afridi has 313 ODI wickets and is the third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan. This will be his 300th ODI innings and he will become the ninth player to pass that mark, the second for Pakistan after Inzamam-ul-Haq. His batting has been a disappointment in this tournament, with just 65 runs off 50 balls in six innings, with a top score of 20 against Canada.– India have asked for eleven umpire decision referrals, resulting in two decisions being changed. Pakistan have asked for 19 reviews, seven of which were lbw appeals by Afridi. In total five of the 19 were successfully overturned, including two in Afridi’s favour. Simon Taufel and Ian Gould are the on-field umpires. Taufel has changed one of his seven decisions that were referred to the TV umpire, whereas Gould has had all six confirmed on review.STAT ATTACK India opener Virender SehwagVirender Sehwag needs two for 1,000 runs against Pakistan.Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs 24 for 1,000 runs against Pakistan and 67 for 6,000 runs.Gautam Gambhir needs 51 for 4,000 runs.Kamran Akmal needs 95 for 3,000 runs.Misbah-ul-Haq needs 51 for 2,000.Saeed Ajmal needs three wickets for 50 and Shoaib Akhtar needs three wickets for 250.Glenn McGrath holds the record for most wickets in a tournament with 26 in 2006-07. In this tournament Shahid Afridi has 21 and Zaheer Khan 17.last_img read more

Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai recruitment notification for various posts

first_imgThe Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai has invited applications for recruitment for 40 various vacant posts.SDAT works towards promoting and encouraging quality participation and performance by Tamil Nadu sportspersons at national and international events through recognition, quality training, support schemes and world-class infrastructure.VacanciesTotal Posts: 40Name of the posts:Junior Assistant-cum-Typist – 26 PostsAssistant – 10 postsSteno Typist Grade III – 1 postCommercial Accountant – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Sports Technology) – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical) – 1 postPay Scale:For Post I – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2400.For Post II & III – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800.For Post IV – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 4400.For Post V & VI – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 5100.ELIGIBILITYAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 30 years and must not be less than 18 years.Educational Qualification: The applicant must have completed Class X/Bachelor’s Degree, Degree in Commerce, B.E or equivalent from the recognised university and must have typing knowledge.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: The eligible and interested candidates are required to download the application form from the official website and along with attested relevant documents send it to ‘Principal Secretary/Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, 116-A, Periyar EVR High Road, Nehru Park, Chennai-600 084’.Important Dates: The last date for submitting the application form is September 24, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODI

first_imgBrief scores – India 324/4 (Rohit 87, Dhawan 66) beat New Zealand 234 (Bracewell 57; Kuldeep 4 for 45) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. ScorecardRohit Sharma missed out on his first ODI hundred in New Zealand but he still wasn’t disappointed as India ended up on the winning side yet again in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 87, his highest ODI score in New Zealand, to post a challenging 324 for 4 after electing to bat first on a flat surface at the Bay Oval. Shikhar Dhawan (66), MS Dhoni (48 not out) and Virat Kohli (43) also made useful contributions with the bat.”Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match. We didn’t know how the pitch will behave. The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game.”When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.New Zealand 103/4 after 18 overs in the game.#NZvIND #TeamIndia https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs pic.twitter.com/rvtlNfpnWLBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019It was Rohit and Dhawan’s 154-run opening partnership which set up the win for India before Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 4 wickets to derail New Zealand’s run chase.Rohit and Dhawan, who are one-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair, surpassed the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).advertisementRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).”Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. Lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on an open ground,” Rohit added.FIFTY!@ImRo45 looking solid out there in the middle, brings up his 38th ODI half-centuryLive – https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/z3UzpdZ4XZBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019The bowlers were equally lethal as the batsmen for India in this game with Kuldeep Yadav once again leading the way with 4 wickets for 45 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with two wickets each while Mohammed Shami got the big fish – Kane Williamson.The all-round show by India on its 70th Independence Day today, impressed captain Virat Kohli as well.”Quite clinical. We were really balanced with the bat. 325 was par. Not something you feel comfortable considering NZ’s batting. But it was good to put up a balanced performance,” Virat Kohli said at the presentation.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the same venue on January 28 (Monday).last_img read more