Agriculture

Busy bees

Scott Currie, of Toms Brook, explains the thinking behind his backyard beehive. The sugar water atop the hive nourishes the bees and cues them to increase their breeding processes. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

August 28, 2016

MAURERTOWN – September is bee month in Virginia, and several area beekeepers are shucking the latest batch of honey from their hives.

Livestock Report

August 23, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Aug. 20
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $159.00-178.00; 300-399 lbs., $149.00-170.00; 400-499 lbs., $145.00-149.00; 500-599 lbs., $131.00-145.00; 700-799

Corn, soybean, cotton, peanut production is high

August 18, 2016

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday the state’s estimated corn, soybean, cotton and peanut production are up this year while winter wheat and barley yields are low.

Livestock Report

August 16, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Aug. 10
FEEDER:
Cows
Breakers 75-80% lean, $62.00-73.00.
Boners 80-85% Lean, $66.00-83.00.
Lean 85-90% Lean, $56.00-67.00.
Bulls, $91.00-100.00.

Livestock Report

August 10, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
Aug. 6
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $150.00-171.00; 300-399 lbs., $150.00-160.00; 400-499 lbs., $146.00-155.00; 500-599 lbs., $130.00-148.50; 600-699

State department: Look for invasive species

The Asian longhorn beetle kills trees over time when it burrows into them to lay eggs and leech off the trees' nutrients.  Photo courtesy of the USDA.

August 9, 2016

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is advising residents to check their trees for signs of infestation from an invasive species.

Livestock Report

August 3, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 30
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 300-399 lbs., $145.00-156.00; 400-499 lbs., $139.00-148.00; 500-599 lbs., $134.00-139.00; 600-699 lbs., $115.00-124.00; 700-799

Livestock Report

July 28, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 23
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $155.00-158.00; 400-499 lbs., $126.00-134.00; 500-599 lbs., $119.00-126.00; 600-699 lbs., $109.00-114.00; 700-799

Analyst briefs VDACS board on hemp

July 28, 2016

A senior policy analyst briefed the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services last week about the progress of research on industrial hemp in Virginia.

Farm bureau lifts avian flu-related restrictions

July 22, 2016

With the 2015 avian flu outbreak drifting further into the past, the Virginia Farm Bureau announced Thursday in a news release that it would lift its restrictions on employees visiting poultry farms.

Fields of Gold receives $98,000 USDA grant

July 22, 2016

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission announced Thursday it will receive a $98,625 grant from USDA Rural Development to be used for programming with Fields of Gold, Shenandoah Valley’s farm trail agritourism program.

Livestock Report

July 19, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 16
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $150.00-155.00; 300-399 lbs., $141.00-150.00; 400-499 lbs., $131.00-142.00; 500-599 lbs., $131.00-144.00; 600-699

New program insures farmers’ margins

July 13, 2016

The USDA Farm Service agency began a new program in July designed to protect dairy farmer’ production margins, according to a news release.

Livestock Report

July 12, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
July 9
FEEDER:
Bulls L&M1, 200-299 lbs., $157.00-161.00; 300-399 lbs., $140.00-155.00; 400-499 lbs., $140.00-150.00; 500-599 lbs., $145.00-148.00; 600-699

Livestock Report

July 6, 2016

Shenandoah Livestock
June 29
Cows
Breaker 75-80% lean, $70.00-80.00.
Boner 80-85% lean, $70.00-82.00.
Lean 85-90% lean, $58.00-71.00.
Bulls, $93.00-104.00.
Fat

Cleanup campaign for Crooked Run area laid out

July 5, 2016

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, with assistance from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of the North Fork came together to hold a community meeting to present and give updates on a clean-up plan for certain streams in the Crooked Run watershed Wednesday. Streams included in the plan were Crooked Run, Stephens Run, West Run and Willow Brook.