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Check in with Bryan Harnish, Karl SchlagelCheck in with Bryan Harnish, Karl Schlagel

Young Farmer Podcast: Harnish and Shlagel talk about how their crops are looking with harvest season upcoming.

Chris Torres

September 2, 2020

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With silage harvest ongoing and other crops being harvested soon, we’re checking in with two prior guests to see how their growing seasons are going thus far.

Bryan Harnish grows 600 acres of field crops, watermelons, tobacco and, starting last year, CBD hemp in Pequea, Pa.

Harnish is in the middle of harvesting watermelons and tobacco, two high-value crops. His corn and soybeans look good, but he says he’s not expecting an exceptional yield.

One crop he’s not growing this year is hemp. Listen to the podcast to hear why.

Also, Karl Shlagel, the co-owner of Shlagel Farms in Waldorf, Md., talks about his best strawberry crop ever, opening the farm to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic and what changes he’s making before possibly welcoming people back to the farm for fall pumpkins.

Shlagel has been more sales focused than ever as he tries to find markets for his products. Much of his wholesale business has slowed as a result of the pandemic, but he’s found other avenues to direct-market to consumers.

STICKING WITH PUMPKINS: Along with 600 acres of corn and soybeans, pumpkins are a high-performing crop for Bryan Harnish on his farm in Pequea, Pa.


About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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