Category Archives: FARMING

Thousands of rotting potatoes first thought to be sewer spill

Thick, black, smelly runoff fouls ditches near Vandemere Culled potatoes are often plowed under in agricultural fields. But not so here. This ditch, fill with rotting potatoes, leads to a tributary of Vandemere Creek. HIGHWAY 304 NEAR VANDEMERE – Turns out a hasty and costly Saturday morning sewer line replacement in a ditch near Hollyville Trailer Park was not needed – although the error did not become evident until two days later. Monday morning a small army of trucks from Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District returned to the site, where an extensive ‘bypass’ of a suspected le…

EGG NEWS

Hen lays a big one in Olympia! But which one ‘dun it?’ With 44 hens and a rooster or two, Olympia resident Ron Casey enjoys his new avocation. He is clearly proud of his flock, but has no idea which chicken should get the credit. “My chickens like to lay their eggs where there are some already laying in the box,” he explained during a recent interview. . “Some of the old-timers around here call all of the squawking and carrying-on, the chickens’ ‘egg-laying song.’ Well, we definitely heard a loud squawk last week, but I can’t tell you which one did it.” Casey, seen above at his gra…

Massive maze (still growing) likely to boost Chocowinity’s profile

CHOCOWINITY – The maze is large and complex, as is the planning for a multi-week fundraising Fall Extravaganza, scheduled for a site known as ‘Raised In A Barn Farm’ which is just east of downtown Chocowinity on Hwy. 33. Jane Lassiter Boahn, CEO and Founder of Raised In A Barn, is the spearhead and driving force. In a recent e-mail to this newspaper, Boahn wrote: We hope to achieve a full community festival for six weeks during the fall. Dates are Sept. 25 thru Oct. 31, Fridays and Saturdays for the public corn maze and ‘Zombie Fright Nights’ on the last three weekends. We are looking for s…

Farmer’s new crop brightens county horizon

  Seeds of beautiful flower yield useful oil Special to the County Compass GRANTSBORO — Bright yellow flowers of rapeseed plants surround Mike Spencer, a fourth-generation farmer from Alliance. In his first-ever experience with the splendiferous crop, Spencer planted over a hundred acres last October, and plans to harvest millions of tiny seeds sometime in June. Oil from the seeds has many industrial applications, including lubricating the insides of plastic grocery bags and bottle caps so they open more easily. Spencer seems pleased with the praise and response he has rec…
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