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Figure 1. Early Flowering (note yellow pollen filled anthers)
May 24, 2017

Yes, it’s wet, but head scab risk is still low. Why is that?

May 24, 2017

If you use manure, the amount of fertilizer nitrogen you apply at planting effects your pre-sidedress testing options later this spring.

Damage to the heads varied from full mortality to none across a small area. Photos: Greg Roth, Penn State
May 24, 2017

Several early heading barley varieties in our trial at Rock Springs suffered damage from the frost event last week. The symptoms are white heads or sections of heads.

Stagonospora on timothy leaf from the tip to this position near the base of the leaf.
May 24, 2017

Browning leaves and a pale green color in timothy and orchardgrass, and small and white afflicted heads in flowering orchardgrass may be an indication of fungal infection.

May 24, 2017

Most small grain herbicides used in our region do not limit double cropping soybean. However, other crops such as alfalfa may be restricted.

May 24, 2017

History tells us that Now is traditionally one of the best times to lock in commodity prices for that new crop emerging in the field.

Figure 1. Cereal leaf beetle larvae feeding on wheat, showing their damage and slimy appearance (Photo by Mike Fournier, Penn State Extension).
May 24, 2017

I have received a good number of phone calls from growers experiencing the usual suspects for this time of year: black cutworm, cereal leaf beetle, and slugs. And we would be foolish to ignore the threat from armyworm. Below, I review each of these pests and encourage folks to keep these pests in mind and plan their scouting around them.

Blacklegged Tick (Commonly called Deer Tick)
May 24, 2017

Lyme Disease in humans has seen a significant increase in the past few seasons. This year many folks are reporting the presence of ticks, the primary vector of this disease. Left untreated, Lyme disease can have serious debilitating effects. It is important to be able to identify the type of tick which is the primary carrier of the disease and to recognize the early signs of infection.

Site preparation for a "Model for the Future" apple planting in Adams County, PA. Photo: Tara Baugher
May 24, 2017

Have you recently pushed out a block of older fruit trees? In commercial grower plots, we are learning that sudangrass is an excellent first step to replant success.

Photo: Norma Young, Penn State
May 24, 2017

Have you noticed lately that many interstate rest stops are now called text stops? While the ever growing ubiquity of the smartphone has come with some issues, there are many opportunities to use this technology to make our lives a little easier, even on the farm.

May 24, 2017

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has put together an online survey for fruit growers that currently grow or are interested in growing apples for hard cider.

May 24, 2017

To keep your NEWA-connected weather station running in top shape this season, consult the on-line guides we put together on maintenance and troubleshooting.

May 23, 2017

Mindful Practice for ECE Professionals: Begin the Journey; Family Child Care: CLAD ­ Cultural, Linguistic, Ability Diversity; Family Child Care: Best Infant Care Practices in a Mixed-Age Setting; Family Child Care: Ethnic Foods Exploration; PYD Mastery: Family, School, and Community Relationships

Frost crevices on Ginger Gold. Photo: R. Crassweller
May 22, 2017

Today most sites were calling for thinner application at your standard rates.

May 22, 2017

When you turn on the kitchen faucet at home, you count on a couple of things: First, that the water will flow freely. And second, that it's going to be clean and safe for you and your family to drink.

Forested stream in winter Photo: Sandy Smith, Penn State Extension
May 22, 2017

What is nature worth? Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides?

May 22, 2017

In order to provide mandated protections to public drinking water, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to increase the number of inspectors who ensure safe drinking water is delivered from the state’s more than 8,500 public water systems to more than 10 million Pennsylvania residents. To fund the positions, DEP proposes a new annual fee and amendments to existing permit fees for public water systems. The proposed fee package will allow DEP to expand the existing drinking water staff complement by more than 50 percent and improve inspection rates of public water systems.

May 22, 2017

North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt. A study of 371 lakes published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that many Midwestern and Northeastern lakes are experiencing increasing chloride trends, with some 44% of lakes sampled in these regions undergoing long-term salinization.

May 22, 2017

Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 19 counties have moved out of drought watch into normal status.