The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects. Periodically, participating farms are highlighted in Field Crop News and the PA Soybean Board website.
This summer, some interesting differences show up between tillage and no-tillage treatments in our long-term tillage studies in Centre and Lancaster Counties. Tillage practices have been in place for 38 years in Centre County and for 12 years in Lancaster County.
In simple terms, temperament is a person’s manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting. Each person has patterns of behavior, or temperament, that are also part of his or her uniqueness. Parenting methods and techniques need to be compatible with a child’s individual temperament to be effective.
New Contest Opportunity for Students in Pennsylvania FFA: Bridging Horizons PA Community Service Contest AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians is launching a new contest open to students involved in Pennsylvania FFA Chapters. The contest is aimed at making a positive impact in communities across the state for farmers or agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.
How much water does your lawn really need? A study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles. The standard model of turfgrass water needs, they found, lacked precision in some common urban southern California conditions, like the Santa Ana winds, or in the shade.
Researchers are refining a natural, low-cost process that will help remove some of the most abundant pollutants, such as iron, from mine-contaminated water.
Using a first-of-its-kind, watershed-scale experiment, researchers demonstrate beaver dam analogs in the Bridge Creek Watershed of north central Oregon's John Day Basin foster natural beaver activity, which benefits the area's threatened steelhead trout population.
Nuisance algae growth is one of the most common problems reported by pond and lake owners in Pennsylvania. Of greatest concern are algae blooms that are caused by microscopic blue-green algae which are capable of producing toxins, known as harmful algal blooms or “HABS”. These algal toxins can sicken animals and humans that contact the water and may cause the death of fish or other aquatic life.
Just understanding how the state talks about local government is a challenge.
The first quarter of 2016, Pennsylvania has been producing over 4.1 billion cubic feet (bcf) per month of natural gas. Yet over half of the Commonwealth lacks access to the use of natural gas. (more...)
According to moth captures in sex pheromone traps located in various orchards in south-central PA, the flight of the third generation Oriental fruit moth (OFM) and the second generation of codling moth (CM) just started this past week. It is probably still too early to initiate control of those pests, however at some locations control may be needed within the next 7-14 days.
While Penn State has developed a reputation as a leader in pollinator research, the experiences of entomology alumni illustrate another key contribution to pollinator health. Penn State is playing a critical role in training the next generation of scientists to address problems — such as parasitic mites, diseases and pesticide effects — that are likely to take longer to solve than the duration of a research grant or even an entomologist's entire career.
The dairy industry as with any commodity deals with the peaks and valleys of the markets. Other commodities are in a similar situation as the dairy operation and to stay in business they have to know their cost of production. They are constantly monitoring their business’s performance so changes can be made quickly to compensate for a downturn. It can be depressing when the current income over feed cost is less than the breakeven number. Instead of focusing on how to cut costs, many times to the determent on animal performance, focus on making adjustments that improve upon what is already being done. Many times it is honing in on a small detail that can make a significant impact on milk income.
Just like sowing vegetable seeds for fall, perennial plant seeds can be sown to provide transplants for the fall.
Editor’s Note: Bill Paxton passed away on April 22, 2016. In his many years crafting the dendrology column, he covered myriad species naturally occurring in the state. He was always working ahead on his writing and drawings so this piece represents the second to last we have in hand to share with you. We will miss Bill’s passion and curiosity for plants and his willingness to share his enthusiasm with others in an engaging and welcoming manner. Please keep his family in your thoughts and send a quiet thank you to Bill for all that he shared over the years.
Penn State Forest Resources Extension has just released the third in a series of Forest Science Fact Sheets. The latest in the series, entitled Controlling Understory Fern Competition for Regeneration Success, provides in-depth practical information on issues surrounding understory fern abundance.
Second Quarter updates from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee.
US Green Building Council Announces New Pathway to Encourage Environmentally Responsible Forest Management in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Well educated and prepared timber harvesters are critical to the management of Pennsylvania’s forests.