5 stories farmers read this week: April 2, 2016

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5 stories collage April 2, 2016

The votes are in. Here are this week’s most popular posts on FarmandDairy.com:

1. How to care for your Easter lily: 12 tips

Easter has come and gone this year, but if you were given an Easter lily, you can make the plant last year-round.

Learn how to care for your Easter lily over the holiday, as well as what to do in the following months. By next spring, your lily should have new growth if planted outside in the right conditions.

2. Morel mushroom hunting tips

It’s morel season! From now through May, foragers all over the U.S. will be looking for these mushrooms. In Ohio, morels are most likely found between mid-April and mid-May.

Learn where to look for morels, how to distinguish true morels from “false” morels, how to clean and how to cook these beloved mushrooms.

3. Dairy farmers of America honors Mark Thomas with regional award

The Thomas family, of Thomas Farms, Louisville, Ohio, was honored with the 2016 Mideast area Member of Distinction award from the Dairy Farmers of America. Mark Thomas ran a 400-cow dairy farm with his father while he spent 25 years on the International Hot Rod Association circuit. Today, Mark runs the farm with his wife, Chris.

The DFA gives seven regional awards annually, recognizing family members at one farm in each region for commitment to their dairy, family, community and the industry.

4. Perennial food gardening: The garden that keeps on giving

While most food plants are annuals, there are a number of perennials that you can grow in your garden. Online columnist Ivory Harlow recommends eight perennial foods to grow in a perennial garden.

Harlow explains the benefits of planting perennial crops and offers tips for where to grow perennials, how to prepare the soil and how to harvest perennial crops.

5. John Deere buys majority stake in Hagie Manufacturing

Deere & Company has entered into a joint venture with Hagie Manufacturing, a company that makes high-clearance sprayers. The partnership will give Deere majority ownership of Hagie Manufacturing.

The joint venture allows Deere to provide a broader range of sprayer options, incorporate Deere’s precision technology into Hagie equipment and will help the companies reach more customers.

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