Mike Basedow recently joined Penn State Extension in Adams County as an Extension Tree Fruit Assistant.
April 22 marked the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, here are 10 simple things every Pennsylvanian can do to to protect the environment and your health.
The Secretaries of the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources joined the PA Environmental Council Tuesday in honoring the 13 recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence at a dinner in Harrisburg.
The Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for 2016 has been updated and is available online.
Shredlage has been a hot topic in recent years, but studies have demonstrated it has the same overall dry matter and fiber digestibility as conventional silage.
In 2015, over half of the milk produced in the U.S. came from five states: California, Wisconsin, Idaho, New York, and Pennsylvania. These states have accounted for over 50% of U.S. milk production annually for the last decade. Despite annual production rankings, how do these states compare between themselves for annual milk per cow, milk price, feed cost, and more importantly income over feed cost (IOFC)?
The Penn State Extension Dairy Business Management Team summarizes Pennsylvania dairy cash flow plans annually to assess the factors that lead to farm profitability. In 2015, the 105 farms in the summary were divided by farm size to determine if there are any benefits to larger-scaled farms.
Structures that house cattle are vital to the success of a dairy business. It is essential these buildings are able to withstand weather events, have tolerable maintenance costs, and contain materials resistant to an interior environment that can be rather aggressive. Buildings need to provide a safe environment for employees and animals, remain in good condition for their functional life with minimal maintenance, and last (at least) the duration of the loan taken to construct them.
It is increasingly common for dairy managers to use tools that allow for pregnancy diagnosis earlier than the traditional 35 to 45 days after insemination. Diagnosing pregnancy early is beneficial for identifying open cows and allowing for reinsemination strategies that will help minimize days open and increase profitability, but losing confirmed pregnancies can be very frustrating.
As spring takes hold across the state and country, research and outreach efforts at the University are continuing to combat the decline of bees and other pollinators in an effort to safeguard our environment and the agriculture industry in Pennsylvania and around the world. This issue includes stories on faculty and student pollinator research, features ongoing work at Penn State to assist bees and other pollinators, and provides tips on how everyone can get involved and support pollinator health.
Harnessing an invasive fish species sounded like a promising conservation tool to help reverse the destruction wreaked by zebra mussels on endangered native mollusks in the Great Lakes -- except that it won't work, says an ecologist.
Researchers show the link between exposure to pharmaceutical contaminants and consumption of fresh produce grown in reclaimed wastewater-irrigated soil. A new study shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents.
People boating and fishing on the Chesapeake last year kept noticing something they don’t often see — clear water.
In celebration of Earth Day, Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, helped to organize the PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, successful highway collection on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
Unusually warm weather in March, despite relatively colder conditions in early April, pushed the development of most insect pests well ahead of a routine timetable.
Now—before the trees are fully leaved—is an ideal time to observe factors that help to describe forest health.
This new bulletin (E3314) was published in April by the Michigan State University Extension. This easy-to-read bulletin contains research-based, practical information that can be useful to create and maintain pollinator friendly landscapes.
There are many ways to use eggplant in cooking, but a favorite dip served with pita bread is a great summer treat. This recipe for Baba Ganoush is from the Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA program.
As a motorist, you also have responsibilities in reducing the accident risk while sharing the road with farm equipment.
If you are a certified pesticide applicator you are hopefully familiar with the PA Plants website. This site is where certified applicators can update their profiles, check the credits they have received and need before license expiration, find out what fees are due and check records of payment.