Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets.
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting an agricultural tour of Costa Rica in January 2017. Trip details updated! Registration deadline July 10th.
When the weather heats up, it is critical to keep hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated isn’t only necessary during physical activity, but also while sitting in the sun on a hot day or even skiing on a winter day.
This past week we started to see a significant buildup in the numbers of Japanese beetles in many orchards located in southern Pennsylvania. The nymphs of brown marmorated stink are now present in orchards, which indicates a shift from “probable injuries” to actual nymphal feeding (and injuries) on fruit. The end of June is a good time to search for the first male adults of spotted wing drosophila, and traps are a very effective tool to detect increasing populations of SWD.
Upgrading wastewater treatment plants can dramatically reduce a municipality’s nitrogen footprint
Ah, summertime…. picnics, barbecues, outdoor activities… unfortunately, also a time to be bugged by mosquitoes and their potential to carry diseases.
Even though amphibian populations are declining sharply worldwide, there is no smoking gun to indicate a cause and thus no simple solution to halting or reversing these declines.
Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. Researchers have now set out to discover whether the degradation of these chemicals in agricultural soil are affected by co-contamination.
The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) recent study states the Mancos formation holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, 40 times more than its 1.6 tcf of gas assessment completed in 2003. (more...)
Serap Gorucu, Dennis J. Murphy and Cathy Kassab’s paper about injury risks for on-road farm equipment and horse and buggy crashes was recently published in Traffic Injury Prevention. The purpose of the study was to explore commonalities associated with roadway crashes involving farm equipment and horse and buggy.
Pollinators are a vital part of America’s economy and environment. Without pollinators, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for our fruits and vegetables to grow. From June 20-26, EPA encourages you to celebrate Pollinator Protection Week, a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of bees, bats, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
Land use planning should place a greater emphasis on improving public health by preventing mosquito concerns and potential disease risks.
The National Farmers Union recently released 10 short Ag Safety videos. These videos are concise and relatively short with an average run time of 4 minutes. Video topics include general safety, PTO, rollover protection, ATVs, grain bins and augers, livestock, transporting equipment, handling chemicals, electrical safety, and behavioral hazards and child safety.
After an unsettled beginning to the week across parts of the region, a brief period of dry weather Wednesday afternoon will precede another disturbance that will bring more wet weather on Thursday.
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at potential nutrient deficiencies. Generally if you contact someone for help or look up the symptoms these are things you are going to need to know.
Those soybeans that made it through the tough seedling stages this year can consider themselves lucky. The next thing we need to concern ourselves with is foliar disease.
2nd Annual Soil Health Summer Conference, July 28-29 at the Centre county Grange Fairgrounds - Building 13. This event will feature leading no-till farmer and cover crop-innovator Steve Groff (Cover Crop Coaching), as well as a team of experienced farmers, soil health experts and knowledgeable sponsors. PASA’s Summer Conference will offer practical soil health insights for both experienced and beginning farmers, with particular relevance for diversified vegetable and dairy farmers.
The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects and the establishment of sentinel plots that can help growers focus their scouting activities.
Perennial broadleaf weeds that have escaped earlier control attempts are making the phones ring for advisors across the state. The vulnerability of a weed to a control measure is function of the timing and choice of material used.
Champion hay makers are invited to become members of the Pa. Forage and Grassland Council and exhibit a sample of their best bales at Ag Progress Days Hay Show in August.