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Cape Gazettq GARDEN & FARM Corn prices are as a high as money before. they have ever l een, so farmers The high carbon content of on the Delma va Peninsulaswitchgrass means the plant is an might be surprised to learn that ' excellent energy source. Switch- they can probal)ly make more grass can be digested into money if they do a't plant corn on every acre on th :Jr farms. Planti- ng an alternativ crop will help reduce nitrogen pollution fouling local waterways and the Chesa- peake Bay. ethanol or burned directly in boilers. Chicken farmers are dis- covering that switchgrass makes superior bedding in their chick- en houses, and mushroom farm- ers fred that it makes great com- soaks up excess nitrogen from the soil, reducing pollution caused by corn, soybeans and chickens. That's why farmers who grow switchgrass will be able to sell credits under Mary- land's nutrient trading program. So what's not to like about switchgrass? Probably just one thing: it takes three years to get going. But after those three years, What is this c grass, a native grew widely oi Peninsula. One to know about fl grows well whel beans don't. It's a good car land that is sog poor soil. Farn switchgrass can rop? It's switch- post. the crop will grow like gang- )lant that once Further, because switchgrass busters, and the farmer doesn't the Delmarva doesn't need fertilizers or pesti- need to replant it every year. By f the key things cides in order to thrive, it costs investing three growing seasons ds crop is that it less to produce, and that further to start a switchgrass crop, a 'e corn and soy- boosts a farmer's net income, farmer lays the groundwork for The fact that switchgrass doesn't future, hassle-free profits for didate for farm- need the usual agricultural in- many years to come. ,,y, steep or has puts goes a long way toward By logging onto the Chester Lers who plant keeping potential pollutants out River Association's website, make money onof nearby streams and rivers,, an area oftheir f ms where they Even more importantly, and checking out the Switch- probably weren, t making much switchgrass has deep roots and grass Profit Calculator, any Studiel find concern in respiratory health The respiratory health of farm- obstruction to airflow that inter- poultry and other confinement ers has been idehtified as one of feres with normal breathing and housing. Toxic fumes can also be the maior heal concerns facing over time makes it difficult to encountered by people working the farming p@ulation. Recent breathe. Although COPD is not in manure storage areas associat- agrability surve 's conducted by Curable, it is preventable and can ed with animal confinement fa- the Mid-Atlantiq Agrability Pro- be treated. ALA encourages peo- iect in New Jersey showed respi- ple at risk to consult a physician ratory illnesses were the sixth about a spirometry test in order leading cause qf disability and to diagnose the disease. accounted for 5 "'2 percent of the Despite smoking less, farmers total disabilitieS. This compares have increased rates of chronic to a survey the Delmarva bronchitis. Components of agri- Peninsula in 2000 where respira- cultural dusts are sufficiently it- tory illnesses ccounted for 8 ritating to the airways of the lung .percent of all disabilities. Chron- to cause mucus overproduction ic bronchitis organic toxic leading to repeated coughs with dust syndromewere the most phlegm. commonly repo ted conditions. The dust is also a factor in COPD, also known as emphy- asthma and allergic problems sema and chronic bronchitis, is a (runny nose, irritated eyes) lung disease ch,racterized by an which may occur with entry to cilities. A wide range of morbidi- ty and mortality findings sug- gests that respiratory hazards may represent the greatest health hazard to famers. The following strategies are important in addressing COPD and other respiratory diseases: knowing respiratory hazards on the farm, knowing signs and symptoms of COPD, getting help to diagnose the disease as early as possible and practicing pre- vention by proper ventilation and use of respirators as protec- tion from hazards. Cordrey C ,enter hosts holiday fundraiser Dec. 7 near Millsboro The fourth ;mnual Holiday nations for the auction are still Each year, the event has Fundraiser is se t for 7 to 11 being accepted. To donate, con- grown. Last year, eight Sussex Friday, Dec. 7, at the Cordrey tact Sara Parris Booth atfamilies were helped. Organizers Center at Easl Coast Garden or call 717- hope to make this the biggest Center in Millst oro. 439-8959. event to date. The annual e ent raises mon- The event was started by a The fundraiser is in coopera- ey to support lpcal families for group of Sussex County women tion with the nonprofit Delaware the holidays.. ais year's event who wanted to help local fami- Community Foundation and all will feature a s' ent auction. Do- lies and children in need. donations are tax deductible. Trees Continued fmmlpage 28 To pick the right tree, exa nine it carefully, looking out for _hese. details'. " The shape a ad size of a tree will depend or/where it will be placed and the height of the ceil- ing. Some people want a more slender tree like a fn:, while oth- ers like a larger, fuller tree like a spruce, and still others prefer a fuller, bushier tree like a pine. While choose-and-cut pur- chasers gain in popularity, fatal- wind, with the trunk in a bucket lies that buy their trees from re- of water until ready for setup. tail lots can also check for fresh- Just before putting a cut tree into hess. They can test cut trees by its stand, cut an inch or two off bending needles to check re- the trunk end. This fresh cut will silience (if it springs back into allow the tree to more readily position, the tree is fresh), bump- take up water once it is moved ing the base of the tree on the inside. ground (if the needles don't fall, Fresh trees take up water at a the tree is fresh) and feeling the very fast rate. Check the water bottom of the trunk (if sappy and level two hours after setting up moist, the tree is fresh), the tree. Then, check the water When the tree is home, fami- level at least once daily to see lies still need to care for it to that it is above the bottom of the make it stay fresh throughout the tree's trunk. It is not uncommon season. Keep a cut tree in a cool, for trees to take up a quart or shaded area, sheltered from more ofwater daily. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012 29 farmer can determine whether growing this hardy plant will help improve his bottom line. ]ust about any farmer who takes this step will realize that by growing switchgrass, a farmer will find he no longer has to choose between making a living and caring for the environment. He can have it both ways. Virgil Turner is a conservation planner who has lived in Kent County, Md., all his life. He currently resides in Worton, Md. After a 47- year career with the state and federal government, Turner now works to help Kent County farmers implement river-friendly farming practices. SWITCHGRASS could be an answer for farmers who are willing to wait three years for a good crop. EAST "~ B ull~y Di rGecAiR FDroEmNThCoE rNoTwoErR UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS: Saturday Dec 2 pm Holiday Centerpiece Decorating Demonstration (fee) Saturday Dec 8th at 4 - 6 pm CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & CUSTOMER APPRECIATION Christmas Games Decorate your own ornament Light hors d'oeuvres Wine Tasting . Decorate your own cupcake Thursday Dec 13th at 10 am How to make and decorate a Natural Wreath (fee) Pre-registration required for all classes. Call 302-945-3489 AComplete Garden Center Fall Hours: Mort - Sat.8AU - 4:30eu, For All Your Gardening Needs! 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