The annual Lancaster Cattle Feeders Day will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center.
Four FFA teams and four 4-H teams from across the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held at the 2015 PA Farm Show on Wednesday, January 14.
Welcome to our newest PROSPER community, Uniontown in Fayette County. The Laurel Highlands School District and the Uniontown School District will be implementing PROSPER programming, starting with Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) in February.
On January 13th, Penn State Extension hosted their first Hard Cider Production workshop at the Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville, PA. The day was filled with various speakers from New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia with perspectives from various Mid-Atlantic state hard cider industries. Topics were focused on the economics of hard cider production in the Mid-Atlantic, experiences with growing apples for hard cider production, how to produce hard cider, and orchard considerations for new hard cider apple variety growers.
The Penn State Tree Fruit Pathology Program has established a Twitter account to be another tool for folks to receive updates, information, and interesting pictures. Please start following!
As folks are pruning their apple trees, the presence of the Nectria fungus is being reported. A weak fungus that attacks already compromised trees, growers are encouraged to prune out symptomatic tissue from trees to limit spread of the disease.
Hannah Burrack in the Department of Entomology at NC State has put together a survey to quantify spotted wing drosophila's impact on berry growers in the Eastern U.S. While Hannah coordinates the survey, she shares the information with others. In fact, you can see the last 2 years’ results when you visit the site with the survey hyperlink below.
Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or not?
The berry crops world lost a wonderful person in December 2014. Mary Catherine (Cathy) Heidenreich - May 30, 1958 – December 16, 2014.
Irrigation water chemistry is important to meet your crop requirements. Production may be impacted by characteristics of your irrigation water through nutrient availability, pesticide chemistry, and pathogen management. Join us for the Irrigation Water Toolbox Training in Hershey, PA.
Penn State researchers and extension educators aim to help farmers avoid accidents by focusing on safety. (Article begins on page 14)
Byproduct feeds are a main staple of the diet for all animal groups on a dairy operation. They are either incorporated into a grain mix or they are fed as a separate commodity. Precision feeding can be successfully implemented using byproduct feeds. The key is finding a supplier that provides a consistent product.
When temperatures drop, trees have to have a plan to handle freezing water. They just can’t add a coat or sweater.
Jana and Clem Malot's farm will be featured on the "Out On the Land" segment of RFD TV.
Population appears to be shifting toward urban areas where public transportation, stores, and social opportunities are readily available. Younger people, mostly Gen X's and Millennials, are leading the charge. However, leading edge Boomers are joining the move too as they retire and open a new chapter in life. Is co-housing part of the solution?
Street and park tree inventories provide information for the planning, design, planting, maintenance, and removal of community trees. It provides facts that can be used to justify starting and funding a community tree program.
Juniperus chinensis can grow to 50 feet in height with a 15 foot spread, acting like a tree. This makes it a bit too large for many of our urban landscapes where clientele are looking for somewhat smaller plants to add color and structure to the winter garden.
Now is the perfect time to go out and scout your Viburnums for this pest.
Extension Educator Tianna Dupont recently traveled to New Mexico as a fellow in the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator Fellows Program. In this essay, Dupont reflects on what she learned about how climate and culture shape the meaning of "sustainable agriculture" in New Mexico.
Several sustainable agriculture research projects at Penn State give students the chance to engage in hands-on research and to gain a better understanding of how agricultural ecosystems work. Jena Trolio and Veronica Pasi are two recent Penn State undergraduates who took advantage of such opportunities, and their resulting research posters took first and second place in the Physical Sciences category of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exposition.