Dr. David Wolfgang, who has served for the past 17 years as the Penn State Extension veterinarian overseeing the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, has been named the state veterinarian by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
With July ending on a wet note after exceptionally dry conditions for much of the month, a return to very dry weather is in store for the upcoming week.
We have posted our 2016 winter wheat and barley performance data online. This data includes evaluations conducted at both our Rock Springs and Landisville research farms. Barley tests include feed (hulled and hulless) and malt barley varieties.
With dry weather affecting many parts of the state some farmers will be making an early corn silage harvest. Additionally, wheat, barley and oat fields are mostly open now after grain and straw harvest. In both cases, there are opportunities for planting cover crops that may also be used for forage.
If you are in a drought stricken part of the state, here are some considerations on whether to chop your drought stressed corn for silage or leave it for grain.
A long-term grazing study shows the advantage of a diversified mix of pasture plant species.
Earn tax credits for BMPs that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources. The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program operates on a first come, first serve basis. Applications for proposed projects will be accepted beginning August 15.
As we receive some much-needed rain, reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure and little disease. Grasshoppers and Japanese beetles are still the primary defoliators, but populations remain below the economic threshold (15-20% defoliation).
Penn State Extension educators will be visiting farms over the next month to follow up on a survey Pennsylvania farmers received earlier this year asking about conservation practices they have adopted to promote water quality and soil health.
Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata), also known as flatweed, cat's ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying herb often found in lawn.
Three species of bots are considered serious pests to horses. The bot is the larval stage of the horse bot fly, Gastrophilus species.
Dr. David Wolfgang to direct the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services, which protects Pennsylvania against threats to animal health.
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is an invasive, non-native herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 6 feet tall. This plant is invasive in the sense that it forms large colonies in wetlands, marshes and along streams.
By now we all know Monarch butterflies flock to Milkweed. And if you have been caring for Milkweeds planted for the Monarchs you have noticed that a lot of other insects find these plants appealing as well.
It’s the time of the growing season when vegetable garden pests are at their worst.
During these hot summer days, consider preparing no-cook meals to keep kitchens cool. Healthy meals can be made using cold ingredients or with appliances which do not heat up the house...
Lost opportunities are areas that can be tweaked to further improve production or performance. Take a few minutes to look through your management plan to identify areas that could be fine tuned to help increase the profitability of your operation.
The PA Environmental Council Tuesday unveiled a new website-- WaterResourcespa.org-- that allows the public to identify water quality impaired streams, illegal dumpsites, areas covered by stormwater management plans and much more.
Penn State Extension Water Educator, Jim Clark, and Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, presented a workshop for Elk County Residents on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The participants all had their water tested at the Penn State Ag Analytical Water Lab for several health related parameters, such as lead.