8th Annual Farm Field Day

Cedar Meadow Farm

Holtwood, Lancaster County
Pensylvannia, USA

PALTIN International Inc. participated at the 8th Annual Farm Field Day at Cedar Meadow Farm, Holtwood Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with a technical exhibit and demonstrated in the field the use of real-time soil water profile probes and ETgage simulators for improving drip irrigation scheduling under no-till tomato production. The event was hosted by Steve Groff, Cedar Meadow Farm, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 2001.

Steve Groff to Host 8th Annual Farm Field Day 8th Annual Farm Field Day


"Beyond Conservation - Exploring the Soil Food Web"

Lancaster, Pennsylvania (June 22, 2001)

Lancaster County may be synonymous with farm production, but did you know some of today's most innovative and groundbreaking conservation and soil management strategies are developed right here on local farms? Each year, nationally-recognized agriculture expert Steve Groff hosts Farm Field Day, a free, all-day educational event devoted to sharing these techniques with the public.

The 8th Annual Farm Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at Cedar Meadow Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's theme is Beyond Conservation - Exploring the Soil Food Web. A number of local and national agriculture experts will demonstrate the latest farming techniques, including the debut of groundbreaking aerial photography techniques using remote helicopters. The event is co-sponsored The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Lancaster County Conservation District.

Groff's efforts to implement environmentally-sound farming practices continue to attract local and national recognition and media attention. In April 1999, Cedar Meadow Farm was featured in a three-part mini-series, "Journey to Planet Earth," a national PBS broadcast. Just this year, Groff earned the PA Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award. Groff was also selected as the 1999 National No-Till Innovator of the Year.

The day will be highlighted by the unveiling of a unique pilot project that utilizes wireless remote control helicopters and parafoils to shoot images of crops, fields and farms. This aerial video photography can be used to detect the specific location of crop stress, insect infestations and nutrient deficiencies. This technology will enable farmers to treat these affected areas, rather than the entire field. Bolar Heli Systems (Allentown, PA) and Nutrient Solutions in Agriculture, Inc. (Palmyra, PA) will conduct this exciting demonstration.

This year's learning stations will feature a variety of fascinating demonstrations: Don Reicosky, USDA-ARS Morris MN, will present information on how tillage affects soil organic matter and carbon sequestration, which is becoming a national political issue. Andrew Sharply, USDA-ARS, will demonstrate the rainfall simulator to determine soil erosion rates and phosphorus runoff. Sharply will also discuss the region's excess phosphorus issue and how research is determining ways to manage it. Mark Goodson, PSU Extension, will demonstrate the dynamics of living organisms in this year's soil pit. Goodson will discuss how the roles of these living organisms impact soil management strategies and explain the concept of the soil food web. Dana Ashford, USDA-ARS will share her research on the effects of rolling cover crops. She is from Auburn, AL and has studied the successes of South American farmers cover crop management. Ken Hargesheimer, Minifarms Network, Lubbock TX. Ken has taught minifarming to groups around the globe. He will be discussing small-scale no-till methods and equipment. Ioan Paltineanu, Paltin International.

Real time soil moisture monitoring for irrigation scheduling is being conducted at Cedar Meadow Farm. A backhoe excavation will be conducted immediately following deep tillage passes to determine the effectiveness of each type of deep tillage tool. A number of agri-businesses will be on hand to demonstrate the industry's latest equipment. Fiber Crops, No-Tilled Vegetables and planting equipment.

Children won't want to miss an educational adventure with local naturalist Chotty Sprenkle as she takes them on a stream exploration.Kids can also crawl through an earthworm tunnel and assemble soil tubes to create a soil profile.

Mouth watering roasted sweet corn, watermelon, home-made ice cream, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Partial funding for the 8th Annual Farm Field Day has been made possible through a grant from the Northeast Region of the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (USDA - SARE).

Cedar Meadow Farm is located at 679 Hilldale Road in Holtwood. For more information, contact Brent Landis, The Lancaster Chamber's Agriculture Services Coordinator, at (717) 397-3531, ext. 134, or e-mailblandis@lcci.com