As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.
The 2015 North American Manure Expo, which was co-hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is being recognized with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, Pennsylvania's "highest honor bestowed upon businesses or organizations for environmental performance and innovation."
Pennsylvania contains thousands of natural and man-made ponds and lakes but surveys by Penn State Extension have found that 77% of pond owners report problems with leaks, water quality, overabundant plant growth, fisheries management, or nuisance wildlife. More recently, algae blooms that release toxins harmful to animals and humans (called Harmful Algae Blooms or HAB’s) have become a common issue.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. And with good reason – without water, we’d be nothing. Just dust. Water is one of the most common substances on earth, and one of the most vital; it’s a tremendously valuable resource, yet one we squander and pollute prodigiously.
New research shows that hormones found in birth control pills alter the genes in fish, which can cause changes in their behavior.
Until now, the link between rising water temperatures and higher mortality rates in aquatic animals was a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation. Are they dying because they're unable to absorb enough oxygen from the water? Or are they not absorbing enough oxygen because the warm water is killing them in a different way? A team of ecologists has answered this question in a new article: warm water speeds up the animals' metabolic need for oxygen to such an extent that it causes them to suffer from fatal respiratory distress.
Nature has its own economy, with trading as dynamic as that of any stock exchange. To cope with nutrient deficiencies in their respective habitats, certain plants, animals and fungi have evolved partnerships by which they can swap resources. In a new study, researchers analyze how nutrient pollution can negatively impact important ecological relationships.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) divulged the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at the March 30th Global Methane Forum in Washington, D.C. (more…)
Stabilizing neighborhoods through vacant and abandoned property initiatives will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
More Pennsylvania Grant Opportunities in Renewable Energy
Statewide group to be a topic of conversation
Carbon focus, solar studied as renewable energy options for university operations.
Ways Pennsylvania Homeowners can Choose to Heat With Renewable Fuels
Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring, beginning April 14. It's time to choose your location!
The calendar still says March but it feels as though it is at least mid April. Be prepared to set out your sex pheromone traps earlier than normal, as they are the simplest tools to accurately establish biofix dates and to precisely monitor the trends in population development through the season. Warm temperatures resulted in increased activity of pear psylla adults, and pre-bloom application(s) of oil should slow down egg laying. San Jose scale nymphs become active when the sap begins to flow in the spring, and they should be controlled pre-bloom or during the first cover spray.
All current conditions point to an early spring and tree fruit bloom. At Rock Springs we had first bloom on Methley plums and pink on peaches on Friday March 25th. Last year we observed the same growth stage on April 29th!
During the 2016 Winter Tree Fruit Grower Meetings, this handout with tables was distributed for folks to use if they want to manually figure out infection periods for certain diseases (scab, fire blight, cherry leaf spot). Also included here is a table listing coppers available to manage bacterial spot during cover sprays.
Since 1980 weather patterns such as rainfall quantity and duration, temperature and extreme weather events have become increasingly erratic.
The April 2016 Field Notes is now online. Learn about April activities, A.T. Spotlight about accessible gardening, and adaptive fishing ideas with the start of trout season in just a few weeks.
Aprovia is a new fungicide (SDHI, FRAC group 7) available for pome fruit disease management. Due to crop safety concerns, BASF will be cancelling the pome fruit registration for Vivando.