The past few months has seen numerous recalls of food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This particular bacteria grows under refrigeration and is particularly harmful to pregnant women, newborns, children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals.
With children heading back to school, school districts across the nation are investing in propane fueled school busses. What are the benefits of propane fueled busses?
In some areas of Pennsylvania we are expected to see the remnants of tropical storm Hermine which could deliver some very heavy rains in the next several days. Heavy rainfall may spark an outbreak of Phytophthora Crown and Fruit Rot in some of the poorer draining fields in the state.
This grower-supported maturity update focuses on new apple varieties grown at the University of Maryland orchard in Keedysville, to collect pertinent information on fruit maturity ahead of the typical picking dates for growers further north.
The numbers of brown marmorated stink bug adults are increasing in many orchards. Codling moth adults will be active for at least another 2 to 3 weeks. The fourth generation Oriental fruit moth adults are likely to be present in orchards during all of September and into October.
A group of Penn State Extension educators are working closely with specialty crop producers across the state on a “Models for the Future” demonstration plot project. Plots are designed to showcase best management practices for producers in the establishing years of developing their farm enterprises.
Most consumers hate to find a worms in their sweet corn, but few people actually understand the challenges that vegetable growers must face in trying to produce the perfect worm-free ear.
While western parts of the state have seen upwards of 2-3 inches of rain over the past week, much of eastern PA has remained relatively dry since last Wednesday. The upcoming week will be relatively dry and seasonal as meteorological fall begins on Thursday.
Now is the time to think about controlling summer annual weeds, prior to seed set, in certain cropping systems.
Producers and crop scouts are reporting note-worthy worm infestations in field and sweet corn crops across the state that are most likely corn earworm, but another worm pest is possibly expanding its range in the northeast US which requires that we take a second look at these situations to confirm what we are seeing.
Corn silage dry down is hastening across the state, causing the need for farmers to monitor moisture levels so the optimum dry matter is achieved for ensiling and helping to ensure optimum forage quality.
A three-year NESARE-funded on-farm project demonstrates improved forage inventories and soil quality on two Pennsylvania farms.
Plant pathologists from all the major corn-growing regions of North America have joined forces to bring you some new resources!
Combines are one mechanism for the spread of herbicide-resistant seeds from one field to another; thorough cleaning and knowledge of the combine’s prior use can prevent the introduction of new herbicide-resistant weeds to your fields.
The interest in rye for distilleries continues to grow and so our research work will continue to develop to help producers and processors with improved information.
As summer progresses and the soybean crop nears maturity insect issues become less consequential while other late-season yield robbers take center stage.
Fall is a very productive time for turf grasses and they will enter a growth spurt in contrast to your other plants.
Feed costs tend to be the largest expense on a dairy operation and managing those costs contributes to a dairy’s ability to be profitable.
Precision feeding is a strategy for productive heifers and a healthy bottom line. The Penn State Dairy Heifer Diet Formulator (PSU-HDF) program encourages an approach to heifer feeding that is driven by the desire to precisely meet metabolizable energy and nitrogen needs of growing dairy heifers while still allowing farmers to meet their desired goals for growth, age at first breeding, age at first calving, and first lactation production.