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April 21, 2017

Can you and your family get in the spring spirit and try a new dark green vegetable?

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April 21, 2017

One and two person households are the fastest growing segment of the population. Eating healthy is important; however, it sometimes can be a challenge to cook nutritious meals for only one or two people.

Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
April 20, 2017

Warm weather this past weekend pushed apple flower development, and growers will be looking for windows of opportunity for the application of chemical thinners.

Tara Mondock, Penn State Extension associate director for client relations.
April 20, 2017

As part of recently announced changes to its organizational structure, product development and program delivery, Penn State Extension has appointed two individuals to statewide leadership posts. Tara Mondock is the new associate director for client relations, and Jeffrey Hyde was named associate director for programs.

Carrot transplants are grown in large quantities in Italy. They must be transplanted before the taproot reaches the bottom of the tray cell. Photo: G. Rampinini
April 19, 2017

Before the widespread use of plastic mulch, drip irrigation, high tunnels and greenhouse production, there seemed to be a clear line of demarcation between vegetables that could be transplanted, and those that had to be seeded directly into the field. Grower innovations have nearly erased that line.

April 17, 2017

Have you ever wondered if there is anything that you can simply consume as part of your meals that will benefit your allergy symptoms?

Control for fire blight and apple scab is critical during bloom. (Photo: K. Peter)
April 17, 2017

Bloom is well underway in parts of PA and MD. Fire blight and scab disease conditions are in full force now. Growers are encouraged to protect trees.

Photo: Susan Boser, Penn State Extension
April 17, 2017

Of course trees need water to grow, but woods are equally important to the health of local waterways. Wooded areas reduce stormwater runoff, filter potential pollutants from entering surface water, and enhance aquatic life populations.

April 17, 2017

Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change models project increasing temperatures, but future precipitation projections have more uncertainty. A new report, the first to quantify the different effects of temperature and precipitation on recent Colorado River flow, shows as temperature keep increasing, Colorado River flows will keep declining.

April 17, 2017

Shifts in the overall microbial community structure were present in stream sediments that contained chemicals associated with unconventional oil and gas wastewaters. This work is part of a long-term study designed to understand persistence of chemicals from oil and gas wastewaters in sediments and water and how those factors might be related to exposures and adverse health effects, if any, on organisms

April 17, 2017

The rusty crayfish is an invasive species that can be found in some rivers and streams in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. It has a spot on either side of its back that is rusty in color.

April 17, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists identified water-quality and environmental factors related to cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms at beaches in Ohio. This information was collected as part of a long-term plan to develop site-specific predictive models for microcystin concentrations.

Allium leafminer feeding damage on early green onions. Picture taken 16 April 2017 by S.McDermott.
April 17, 2017

The spring season has begun! This past week, April 11th to April 17th, we had more local damage reported. We expect populations to increase over the coming two weeks so control measures should be taken.

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April 17, 2017

Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level.

April 17, 2017

On any sized dairy operation there are a multitude of events occurring from the time a calf is born until she leaves the herd. Software programs are available to help manage this task of recording events. The bottom line is no matter how good someone’s memory is it is no substitute for having historic information on animals of all ages that can be easily accessed. However, the information is only as good as the person entering the data and is useful only if someone is monitoring the events.

Bean seedlings damaged by seedcorn maggot. Copyright Melodie Putnam 2008, Oregon State University
April 14, 2017

We are starting to see infestations of maggots in greenhouse transplants that look a lot like what we saw last year, which led to field infestations that probably started when growing the transplants. However, this year reports are coming in about 2 to 3 weeks earlier. Several species from the same genus (Delia) cause the damage.

Oriental fruit moth adult. Photo: G. Krawczyk
April 14, 2017

Despite the calendar indicating just the middle of April, all stone fruits and even some apple cultivars in southern Pennsylvania are already in bloom.

Spring containers with a mix of flowers, herbs and vegetables
April 13, 2017

Spring fever has hit hard these past few weeks. A couple of weekends with sunshine and mild temperatures have hastened my ritual of pulling containers out from the shed and placing them in their normal spots on the terrace and deck in my garden. While clearing leaves from perennial beds and cutting spent stalks of perennials, my mind was busy plotting to make this season’s container display exceptional.

April 13, 2017

Tomatoes provide unique health benefits. They are full of essential vitamins and fiber. Low in calories, they do not have any fat in them, yet they are full of antioxidants.

April 13, 2017

Community-based services provide families and children with needed resources and information. Early care and education (ECE) professionals who learn about their community’s resources, and connect families with these resources, provide an important bridge to services for children and families.