The 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Grazing Conference will feature numerous presentations and discussions focusing on pastures and effective grazing across all livestock species.
The average horse will intake 5 to 10 gallons of fresh water per day. Water consumption is extremely important in the digestive process to avoid colic impaction, dehydration and other life threatening ailments.
Butterflies dance from one flower to another while honey bees gather pollen to take back to the hive for the production of honey. This is pollination at its best, but pollination is also done by other bee species, some beetles, certain wasps, some flies, etc.
Brown marmorated stink bug nymphs are now present in orchards, which means a shift from “probable BMSB injuries” to actual nymphal feeding (and injuries) on fruit. From mid July until November, traps baited with commercially available, BMSB lures are very effective in detecting and capturing BMSB adults and nymphs. Green/spirea aphids, leafhoppers (potato, white apple and rose) and leafminers are the insects to watch for during the month of July.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) inspectors were recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their outstanding work to protect the state’s plant industries.
I suppose I do not have to tell you that bacterial spot is a difficult disease to manage. Despite numerous bactericide applications, significant yield loss is not uncommon depending on the disease pressure and cultivar susceptibility. As a Master’s student in the department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State, much of my research was focused on refining bacterial spot management. Specifically, I examined the epidemiology of bacterial spot, the defoliation associated with the disease, and age related resistance in fruit.
The Penn State Extension Diabetes Program Team has won the 2014 Penn State Extension Award of Excellence for Partnerships and Collaboration.
A toll-free hotline is available for growers in the region to receive seasonal updates about pest and pest management information. Laminated copies of the fungicide resistance management guidelines for scab, powdery mildew, brown rot, and peach scab are available for anyone who didn’t receive a copy during the spring twilight meetings this year.
Penn State Extension, as part of the Greening the Lower Susquehanna project, has developed a new citizen science monitoring tool. It is designed for families that have recently made stream side improvements on their property and would like to measure the valuable changes in wildlife habitat that take place as a result.
Landowners throughout the shale play who have active leases, but no drilling may be looking at the calendar to see if their lease will expire.
Do you want to diversify your business? Are you interested in cut flowers? Please join Penn State Extension on August 12, 2014, 3 pm – 6 pm for the New Grower Cut Flower School at Lilies and Lavender farm in Doylestown, PA.
The Seed Farm will showcase soil & weed management equipment for small and medium scale vegetable producers at its annual Equipment Demonstration Field Day.
With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.
Whether your woodlot is one acre or several thousand, we hope you will join us for this day and a half conference where you can learn about your property and how it contributes to habitat, water quality, and woodland diversity.
Navigating the challenging teen years does not have to be a stressful time for families. To help guide caregivers during the transition of their youth from adolescent to teen, Penn State Extension offers the Strengthening Families Program: for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14). The seven week program is attended by both youth and their parents/caregivers. Each session introduces a variety of parenting tools and offers strategies to enhance family relationships, improve family communication and problem solving.
This week marked the second consecutive week of increased captures of Oriental fruit moth (OFM) in pheromone traps placed both in peach and apple orchards. BMSB nymphs are present in orchards, which means a shift from “probable BMSB injuries” to actual nymphal feeding (and injuries) on fruit.
As many as 7,000 children younger than 16 are injured in lawn mower accidents in the United States every year.
Pesticides can have benefits, but they can also have undesirable side effects. Our job in integrated pest management (IPM) is to make sure that if a pesticide is to be used, its benefits outweigh the undesirable side effects.
Cheetah™, which is the new name for a formulation of glufosinate, is now labeled for the full spectrum of tree fruit that we grow in the mid-Atlantic region. Our current warm, wet, sunny weather that favors good weed growth provides ideal conditions for application.
Corn earworm is already present throughout the state. European corn borer flights are high in Bradford Co, and significant in Bucks, Clinton, and Lancaster Counties.