A discussion of new traits such as: Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, Enlist corn and E3 soybean, HPPD and MGI-tolerant soybeans and their corresponding products.
Penn State offers an Agronomy Scout School, Saturday, March 29th 2014, to all entry-level agronomists or scouts that may need a refresher in proper scouting procedures.
Penn State invites agronomists, crop scouts and producers to attend the annual Field Diagnostic Clinic on July 23 and July 24 at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm in Rock Springs
Let's Move! Child Care lessons are developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provide practical strategies for implementing best practices in early childhood settings for promoting healthy weight in young children.
I must be honest and admit that for the past four years my seeds were not started under the ideal conditions--grow lights in the basement or a warm and cozy kitchen windowsill. Rather, my seedlings saw the first light of day in a plastic milk jug in the cold outside air. This technique is called winter sowing.
Busy family schedules have made eating dinner together challenging. However, sharing meals together has so many benefits. According to the University of Florida, research suggests that eating dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on the development of adolescents. Family dinners have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, eating disorders, and increased chance of graduating from high school.
Once the season gets rolling there are so many things to do it can be hard to keep up. To prevent pest and disease problems it is a good idea to come up with a plan now.
Penn State is offering a pipeline restoration short course for industry and service industry professionals.
Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in runoff from pavement with coal-tar-based sealcoat remain elevated for months following sealcoat application, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection along with numerous other sponsors invite you to attend the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA.
Between the effects of weather, public policy and consumer variation, risk is omnipresent in agriculture. It is important for farmers to understand how to manage risk for greater reward when participating in the local food systems.
Since temperatures got as low as -6˚F locally this winter, we evaluated bud mortality of four varieties of peach growing in Adams County on Feb. 26, 2014. Given the colder sub-zero temperatures experienced this winter in parts of western and northern Pennsylvania, it is likely that flower bud mortality may be higher in these regions.
The winter of 2014 will probably go down as a rough one for some trees.
As we look around at ways to improve produce production, one area that offers the greatest return in both fruit quality and decreased fertilizer inputs is in getting the pH of your irrigation solution correct. Every crop has an ideal pH range where it removes nutrients from the soil solution optimally. Getting your soil and water pH right can be the difference between a profitable crop and high field / packing house losses.
You've seen the strange-looking trucks on the road these past few years. Maybe you've watched truck after truck head to a new shale-gas drill site in your area. But just what do they do with all that equipment? A new online presentation from Penn State Extension answers that question.
Q. Can we expect reduced SWD pressure this season due to our extremely cold weather? A. We didn’t have an answer to this one; and we weren’t alone on that. Dr. Greg Loeb, grape and small fruit entomologist at Cornell spearheading work on SWD in NY and the NE region, didn’t either, but provided the following thoughts on the topic:
At the mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention this year, SHAP asked researchers to display posters so everyone can see the results of grower-funded research. I have spent my professional career in the mid-Atlantic region, but only the last 9 years in Pennsylvania. As a Pomologist at two other universities, I was envious of the political and finical support that Penn State faculty and county educators received from SHAP. Over the past couple of decades the finical support did not keep up with inflation, so SHAP recently made a commitment to raise $250,000 per year for research and extension. The PVGA, Potato Growers, and Christmas Tree Growers also provide funding for research and extension. I would like to explain why this support is so important and what will happen without it.
Frequent visits from the polar vortex this winter have caused many fruit growers to be concerned about this year’s crop potential. Front page headlines suggest that grape growers are already seeking government funds to help with the loss. Peach growers are also anticipating a limited crop. But what should berry growers anticipate?
The production of early potatoes for direct marketing or sale to consumers can be a very lucrative enterprise for many growers who only grow 3-5 acres of potatoes in Pennsylvania.