People who complain about bumblebees flying about under the eaves of their homes are probably being annoyed by carpenter bees.
As fall harvest time is under way, September is a great time to encourage young children to learn more about local farming, healthy foods, and to engage them in hands-on nutrition education opportunities.
2014 has been a tough year for apple and pear trees. Fire blight is the disease that causes the leaves to die on infected branches, but the branch next to it may be perfectly normal.
September 9th is Protect Your Groundwater Day! Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity.
Autumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks. Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.
The 2014 ShaleNET Workforce Forum is just around the corner. The Forum will be held November 5 & 6, at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Washington, PA and promises to offer nationally recognized speakers on workforce development, experts on shale gas development, exciting opportunities for hands-on education, and the chance to receive new curriculum ideas and materials (more...)
Venison is growing in popularity as a good source of animal protein. Learn the health benefits of including venison into your diet.
The captures of tufted apple budmoth, obliquebanded leafroller and codling moth appear to be on the decline, but the fourth generation of Oriental fruit moth is likely to still be present in orchards during September and into October. Brown marmorated stink bug monitoring traps placed on trees located on the border of woods as well as traps placed in the first row of orchards, which sparsely collected any stink bugs for most of the current season, now are collecting many nymphs and adults.
Reducing lawn area and planting pollinator-friendly plants can help to help reduce Japanese beetle populations.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has found the woodpecker is a natural predator with a ravenous appetite for eating the EAB larvae.
Flies in the family Syrphidae are helpful allies in the garden and in the greenhouse or nursery. Its good to know about the helpful allies as many of these species resemble miniature yellow jackets.
Frozen fruit beverages, coffee blends, and alcoholic mixed drinks can all pack a powerful caloric punch. Rethink your drink and learn some new ways to control calories and future weight gain.
Farm tractor fatality reports repeat themselves year after year.
It's 4 p.m. Do you know what you will fix for supper? Only about 25% of Americans do. Many of us are time and energy crunched for planning and preparing meals. Because of this, we resort to convenience, take-out, or eating out which is harder on the food budget and usually not as healthy. Consider these ideas for preparing quick healthy meals for your family.
Populations of bees and butterflies, as well as other pollinators, are declining across the country, and their absence is being felt throughout Pennsylvania. It’s a cause for concern among Penn State Master Gardeners statewide. According to the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, “Pollinators need our help. Both native bees and domestic bee populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, disease and contact with pesticides.”
During my 26-year tenure in the Department of Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University, I’ve often had magnolia or tuliptree branch samples with soft scales submitted for diagnosis late in the growing season. The question most often asked by the individual submitting the sample has been, “Which soft scale insect species is present on this sample?”
After two months of below normal temperatures across Pennsylvania, September is getting off to a summery start, but weather will be mixed over the next 7 days.
It’s taken awhile, but corn silage harvest is about to get into high gear. There are a number of things to consider as we begin silage harvest.
Optimum late summer perennial forage crop establishment has likely gone by.
Here are some pointers to consider when deciding when to harvest your last alfalfa cutting.