It has been one of the colder starts to the year with most regions averaging 3 to 5 degrees below normal for the first 10 weeks of 2014, the coldest beginning since 1994.
Now that the snow cover has melted over much of the Commonwealth, we can begin to think of some late winter and early springtime tasks. One of the first on your list should be evaluating the condition of your pastures. If stands are thin, consider frost seeding as an option to thicken your pasture.
One of the first field activities of the spring is spraying small grains. This article provides some results on a small grain herbicide trial conducted last year in Lancaster County.
It may be possible for growers to be issued a license to replant seed from original Roundup Ready varieties in 2015 if certain conditions are met, but this will be determined by each seed supplier.
There are 28 days remaining to file your individual taxes, April 15th will be here soon.
Do you need a few more pesticide credits before the end of the March and are not sure where to get them or are you not sure if you have enough credit? The PaPlants website can answer those questions.
At a time when it is increasingly important for the younger generation to be more aware of the political process, teens from across Pennsylvania will take the initiative to learn more about their government during 4-H Capital Days, March 29-31 in Harrisburg.
Learn the facts about salt—what it does, where it is found in your food, and tips to reduce the amount in your diet without sacrificing taste.
We live in a world today of constant communication. We always want to be connected to our friends, family and colleagues. Our little hand-held wonders – tablets, smart phones, cell phones gives us the ability to communicate with anybody and anywhere.
Easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States, equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. In the race against water waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging people to fix household water leaks during the sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 17 through 23, 2014.
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The UN General Assembly designated 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2014, World Water Day will be on "Water and Energy".
This online tool presents opportunities that communities and organizations can use to protect and enhance natural resources, save energy and maintenance costs, improve water quality, connect people to nature, as well as other practices to enhance our public spaces for the benefit of society and the environment.
Spring is just around the corner, and after this long cold winter, doesn’t it feel great to think about the snow melting, the ground thawing, and getting your hands into the soil to plant something new and green in your community?
A new process that could revolutionize world markets for an abundant natural resource recently discovered.
In my great-grandfather’s diary of his farming activities, you will find entries for most Saturdays that say “In market”. One can imagine what it took in the late 1800’s to get ready to be “in market”. It might be a bit easier to get to market today but anyone who sells at a four-hour-once-a-week farmer’s market can tell you, the preparation takes much longer. Here are some tips for while you are preparing for market season.
Two videos are available. One explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep.
If you did not take a soil test last fall and are gearing up to test this spring, you might be interested in the following tips.
Learn how to monitor and build soil health and assessment strategies as Debra Brubaker of Village Acres Farm describes their soil building practices which include cover crops, green manures, and inputs.
Penn State Extension is hosting two Farm and Tractor Safety courses to be held April 17–18 in East Berlin, PA and April 24–25 in Perkasie, PA. The objective of this course is designed to give farm owners and managers the resources and skills to confidently train farm employees and apprentices in tractor and farm safety.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur marketed under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry, Zodiac and Biospot. “This action is another example of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. This voluntary move will get to an expedient result that protects people’s health.”