Chrysanthemum White Rust (CRW) is caused by the fungal pathogen Puccinia horiana. If you suspect that it is present on your plants, you are required to report it to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture since there have been documented cases this year in Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension held a Home Water and Septic System Workshop twice on September 29 in South Coatesville. A total of 74 people from 57 households attended, primarily from Chester County but also Lancaster and Cumberland Counties
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Often children go through periods of being particular about what they eat.
A low-cost method of removing phosphates from tile drainage water has been developed, and may help protect lakes and streams. Using steel byproducts to trap phosphates in simulated tile drainage water, the researchers envision installing a steel-containing cartridge as an add-on to nitrate-capturing bioreactors.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Move over Yule Log! Here comes the Shiitake Log—a NEW holiday tradition, Chester County style!
Many birds leave for warmer climates but many also still call Pennsylvania home in winter. Most of us think of using bird feeders and heated bird baths as a way to support wintering birds, but there are several natural things you can do to keep them comfortable and encourage them to stay in your yard.
There are over 400 species of native bees in Pennsylvania. This does not include the European honey bees that live in hives and supply us with honey.
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
Open House on National Bioenergy Day, October 21.
Team Kickoff Meeting Scheduled for October 23.
Luminaires, Luminaires, Luminaires
If you want to regenerate a forest with naturally occurring native tree species it takes planning and the recognition that you will likely have to undertake a harvest to allow the conditions for regeneration to occur. Research focused on forest regeneration provides some guidelines to help assess the potential for success in growing the next forest.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the department, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is increasing earthquake monitoring in the Commonwealth.
It is going to be a wet period starting this afternoon - some places could see rainfall totals (from tonight through next week) seen only about once every 100 years - stay dry!
Thirteen states partnered through a multi-state initiative called StatesFirst this past year to share and summarize current knowledge related to earthquakes potentially caused by human activity, otherwise referred to as induced seismicity.
Make time now to evaluate your wheat stands and put the information into play for next year. Producers still planting wheat this fall can garner some insight here too.
The significant contribution that bats have in successful crop production is revealed in an extensive mid-west study. Diversity, we are reminded, is a great thing.
You may recall we did not have an exceptionally early planting of our corn and soybeans this spring but our crops have matured early and are being harvested earlier than normal. How is that so?