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10 Tips: Get the Most Out of Farm & Trade Shows

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CropCare tip: Gain insight from other show-goers, not just exhibitors. Trade shows are filled with like-minded people looking for solutions.

Farm and trade shows are great destinations for those in the ag industry.

You can see farm equipment displays, hundreds of ag-related exhibits, and have lots of opportunities to meet and talk with other farmers – all in one place.

CropCare wants to make sure you get the most out of the trade shows you attend, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help: Continue reading ..

Mulch lifter will help potato farmer in Iceland

Sveinn Rúnar Ragnarsson and his wife, Ragnheiður, work on Akurnes, a farm in southeast Iceland.

There, with his parents, Ragnar Jónsson and Ingunn Jónsdóttir, they grow and harvest around 250 to 300 tons of potatoes annually.plastic mulch, mulch retriever, PR2500, CropCare, potatoes, Iceland

“My grandfather and grandmother founded the farm in 1937,” says Ragnarsson.

They also raise 500 sheep on Akurnes, and produce cheese from the ewe milk.

The farm is situated in scenic Hornafjördur, nestled between nature preserves, high cliffs, and fjords. Continue reading ..

17 Pro Tips for Turf Success

When the Tampa Bay Rowdies hit the field at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, they slide tackle, cross, and lob on top of the turf that Jeff Parkinson painstakingly manicured for years.

But Jeff approaches the project knowing it’s going to face that type of abuse.

CropCare SprayerAs Director of Grounds, Jeff takes care of two fields – the stadium field and a practice field – for the professional soccer team, part of the North American Soccer League.  It’s owned by Big 3 Entertainment.

Jeff must keep the turf healthy to minimize the chance of players getting injured.

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Need to lift plastic mulch? No problem

With fall just around the corner, there’s likely farmers out there dreading the task of picking up the plastic mulch that helped their produce crops flourish this spring and summer. Picking up plastic mulch by hand is dirty, strenuous and time-consuming.

At Pine Valley Farms in Rochester Mills, Pa., Jeff and Kegan Wright plan to get their 21 acres of mulch lifted and rolled in less than 13 hours using CropCares PR2500, also known as the Plastic Mulch Lifter/Wrapper. Continue reading ..

Spray forage crops carefully

alfalfa, hay, forageA sprayer helps forage growers reap a successful harvest through weed control, preservative/fungicide application, and pest control.

Before spraying, farmers should consider the economic threshold and impact on ecosystems.

“I do not recommend that farmers just spray without knowing that the economic benefit of spraying will be equal to or greater than the cost of spraying,” says Marvin Hall, Pennsylvania State University’s forage management specialist. Continue reading ..