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Timothy field near Gettysburg browning because of aphid infestation. (Photo by Dean Collamer, Growmark FS
April 26, 2017

Have you seen browning in timothy fields? It may be due to a heavy aphid population.

April 26, 2017

Be sure you are scouting for marestail before you plant your no-till soybeans and using effective herbicides with both burndown and residual control.

April 26, 2017

As we move into the last days of April and early May, corn and soybean planting will be in full swing. Take a few minutes to review this checklist to ensure optimum planter performance.

April 26, 2017

While you’re waiting to get in the field with a corn planter, now is an important time to scout for wheat, barley and alfalfa disease.

April 26, 2017

Small grain crops are maturing earlier than normal. Now is the time to monitor maturity and make the necessary management adjustments to your timetable.

The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
April 26, 2017

Learn about the important role these often forgotten insects play on your livestock farm.

April 25, 2017

There are basically two reactions to being asked to take a survey. 50% of us cringe and look for the nearest exit – or if it’s an online request we hit ‘delete’. The other 50% of us jump into action, our curiosity aroused. Actually, I can’t support this data with social science research. But I can tell you that anticipating both types of reactions can help you build a stronger and more successful survey.

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April 25, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced an annual compilation of its most used statistics in a booklet easily accessible to all – the aptly named Key World Energy Statistics (KWES).

April 24, 2017

No matter how big or small your garden is, for successful vegetable gardening it is crucial to know the difference between cool-season and warm-season vegetables, as well as the approximate last frost date in the spring, and the first frost date in the late summer/early fall in your area.

Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
April 24, 2017

A few more weather stations are in full bloom. Normal rates of chemical thinners were recommended for the weekend, and decreased rates are suggested for the next 4 days.

Many PA farmers are voluntarily implementing water quality protection practices such as planting streamside forest buffers. Photo: Kristen Kyler, Penn State University
April 24, 2017

There is much interest into what extent Pennsylvania farmers are using water quality protection practices. Conservation practice adoption is well-documented for practices that are implemented with federal or state financial assistance.

April 24, 2017

Idaho State University researchers have established a clear link to septic sources of nitrate contamination in about one-third of the 100 private wells in the Lower Portneuf Valley Watershed sampled for a study.

April 24, 2017

An effective, environmentally friendly way to monitor and remove pharmaceuticals from water has been discovered by a team of scientists.

April 24, 2017

Current models underestimate role of subsurface heterogeneity, researchers suggest in a new article. Groundwater is a vital resource in many regions around the globe. For managing drinking water, the recharge rate is an important quantity for securing sustainable supplies.

Be proactive about fire blight management: Let’s not repeat 2014. (Photo: B. Lehman)
April 21, 2017

Conditions are favorable for fire blight and apple scab. Additional tools for the fire blight management toolbox are discussed.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service /SNAP-Ed Phot Gallery
April 21, 2017

Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages. Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Follow these tips to add more activity to your family’s busy schedule.

 Jacquisosa / Pixabay CC0 Public Domain
April 21, 2017

Have you seen produce wash products and wonder, are they necessary? They add unnecessary dollars to the food bill.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service /SNAP-Ed Phot Gallery
April 21, 2017

Picky eaters don’t have to always be young; some picky eaters can be teenagers as well! Eating a variety of vegetables seems to be a challenge for some families. Vegetables provide vitamins and fiber and they are low in fat and salt. Here are a few tips of the trade to help vary those veggies for young fussy eaters—and they work for older ones too!