If you are a pond owner, early spring is a good time to take a walk around your pond and check to see if any maintenance is needed.
Bed bugs infestations are on the rise in urban areas across the country, but one city is taking steps to control this growing problem. The Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force held its first organizational meeting recently, including representatives from apartment associations, realtors, supportive housing, the Philadelphia Health Department, the Philadelphia Street Departments, pest control operators, landlords and residents.
Typically, the third week in March is designated as Poison Prevention Week, which is March 15-21, 2015.
Equine 2015 will take an in-depth look at U.S. equine operations and provide the industry with new and valuable information regarding trends in the equine industry from 1998 to 2015.
A multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary graduate class in pasture and range systems is getting ready to hit the trail again this summer and it should be a great learning experience.
Here are some practical tips when looking to manage pastures this spring.
As agricultural groups and government agencies continue to tackle the vexing problem of nutrient pollution entering waterways, Penn State Extension is hosting an event in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed aimed at helping producers to reduce negative impacts of excess manure nutrients. The 2015 North American Manure Expo will take place July 14-15 near Chambersburg, Franklin County.
The process can be intimidating, but don’t let that stop you! Here’s a quick breakdown of the steps needed to become a certified commercial or public applicator.
As margins continue to slide in 2015, don't be afraid to evaluate rations. Always monitor the cows when making any change to confirm how animals respond and evaluate the financial benefit.
Parents who are aware of their children's activities and whereabouts have kids who are less likely to get involved with problem behaviors. Good parental monitoring involves setting clear expectations for behavior, having consequences in place when the rules are broken, and actively tracking your child's behavior.
Breads and cakes canned in glass mason jars are not safe to eat. The risk for contracting a foodborne illness is high, due to improper heating methods to ensure that any foodborne pathogen present would be destroyed.
This year a number of very good plants are out in the marketplace. Does that mean they are good new varieties? Well according to Stephanie Cohen, “just because it’s new does not mean it’s good, it just means it’s new”.
In the literature covering hard cider production apples are typically classed as either ‘dessert’ or ‘true cider’ apples. Despite this dichotomy, some ‘dessert’ varieties are reported to be useful for cider.
Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring. The meetings are being held in orchards all across the state. Growers have an opportunity to visit other commercial tree fruit operations, learn from Extension specialists who are experts in their program areas, and discuss current tree fruit issues with other growers at a critical time of the growing season.
The Mediterranean diet and cuisine are becoming much more popular, and for good reason! Learn why and how you can apply these principals by using Pennsylvania foods.
Pesticide safety cannot be overstated! This 2013 article on getting the math right when calibrating a sprayer, bears repeating.
Planning for and protecting public and private water supplies will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 18.
Have you planted some wonderful small young seedlings to have them become tasty morsels for your local rabbit family? Have you tried everything from scattering human hair, soap, hot peppers, and even fox urine to deter the rabbits and nothing worked?
Do you enjoy songbirds in your yard? Would you like to have more? Along with the butterflies and pollinators, they just make your garden come alive, and are so enjoyable to watch. While we enjoy the cozy warmth of our homes, the continuous cold weather and the fact that our gardens are pretty barren this time of year, make survival hard for the birds.
Natural-gas liquids, an important byproduct of shale-gas production, will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.