Recently, a young friend reverently touched a nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) in my herb garden saying, “I love the taste of these flowers.” I told her that I do, too. If you’ve never experienced nasturtium’s peppery, zesty flavor you should try it.
One glance at a commercial orchard today and you realize these aren't your grandfather's apple trees. Long gone are the 40-foot-high, widely spaced, gnarled and spindly trees of the past. They have been replaced by squat, tightly planted trees loaded with low-hanging fruit.
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At first glance it may appear as if someone has whitewashed your landscape ornamentals. But upon closer examination with a hand lens you should notice the white hyphal growth that confirms the presence of the disease known as powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a common disease that begins to appear in mid-to-late summer in Pennsylvania on a wide array of woody ornamentals.
The last several months Pennsylvania dairy producers have received less than $16/cwt for their milk. The average breakeven milk price on many farms hovers around $18 to $19/cwt, so right now producers are hurting financially. If that was not bad enough, many dairies are suffering through drought conditions. The following website http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home.aspx shows conditions in the U.S. and for individual states. These are both situations producers have endured before however it never gets any easier. If not already, now is the time to be forward thinking. Forage quality and quantity could be issues and purchasing additional forage is a real possibility. What contingency plans are in place if the worst case scenarios play out: continued low milk price and low forage inventories?
Lehigh County Cooperative Extension celebrates its first agent, Alvin Hacker, whose grandson still has ties to Penn State.
The pitter patter of rain may induce you to quickly take dry refuge. Nature wants no such escape. Instead, she collects, funnels, and deposits water in some of the most innovative ways. Try a tree as your tutor and you will notice that essentially each tree is a microcosm of an entire watershed, moving water efficiently over its singular, vertically arranged landscape.
The Penn State Tree Fruit Extension team is launching a series of videos available on the Start Farming Extension page. These ‘Learn Now’ videos provide information on numerous subject areas of interest to beginning growers in ten minutes or less.
A common type of blue-green algae is finding it easy to adapt to Earth's rising CO2 levels, meaning blue-green algae -- of which there are many toxin-producing varieties -- are even more adept at handling changing climatic conditions than scientists previously supposed. Microbiologists point at implications for clean drinking water, swimming safety and freshwater ecosystems.
Researchers have uncovered previously hidden sources of ocean pollution along more than 20 percent of America's coastlines. The study offers the first-ever map of underground drainage systems that connect fresh groundwater and seawater, and also pinpoints sites where drinking water is most vulnerable to saltwater intrusion now and in the future.
To assist Native American and Alaska Native communities, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists developed a guide to evaluate algal blooms for the presence of cyanobacteria that are known to produce a variety of toxins.
China’s state-owned energy companies continue to invest in shale gas development.
Comparisons of Premier Honeycrisp, Brookfield Gala and Honeycrisp.
Sheep that receive optimal nutrition are more likely to perform at higher levels than sheep that receive less than optimal nutrition. Of course, on the flip side we can certainly expect sheep that receive maximum nutrition to perform at very high levels.
Showers this week will bring some relief to a very dry Pennsylvania.
As we hover around the R3 stage in many of our soybean fields, you may be considering a fungicide application.
PPO resistant pigweeds are increasingly more common in the cornbelt as we rely more on these herbicides for weed management in soybean. Using integrated weed management tactics that include effective cultural and mechanical control measures are more important than ever.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a new Palmer amaranth and waterhemp website that has management information and includes a short survey for these two problem pigweeds in Pennsylvania.
Hot dry summers can be the worst enemy of high quality productive pastures. Dry weather often results in over grazing, and before you know it, grass and broadleaf weeds have replaced desired species.
We could see some rain this week on drought stressed forages and this could set up for nitrate accumulation silo gas and wetter forage next week. This article shares a few ideas for managing that situation.