Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring. The meetings are being held in orchards all across the state. Growers have an opportunity to visit other commercial tree fruit operations, learn from Extension specialists who are experts in their program areas, and discuss current tree fruit issues with other growers at a critical time of the growing season.
The Mediterranean diet and cuisine are becoming much more popular, and for good reason! Learn why and how you can apply these principals by using Pennsylvania foods.
Pesticide safety cannot be overstated! This 2013 article on getting the math right when calibrating a sprayer, bears repeating.
Planning for and protecting public and private water supplies will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 18.
Have you planted some wonderful small young seedlings to have them become tasty morsels for your local rabbit family? Have you tried everything from scattering human hair, soap, hot peppers, and even fox urine to deter the rabbits and nothing worked?
Do you enjoy songbirds in your yard? Would you like to have more? Along with the butterflies and pollinators, they just make your garden come alive, and are so enjoyable to watch. While we enjoy the cozy warmth of our homes, the continuous cold weather and the fact that our gardens are pretty barren this time of year, make survival hard for the birds.
Natural-gas liquids, an important byproduct of shale-gas production, will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- A novel approach to harness bacteria that could diminish nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture has the potential to support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, where water quality improvements have been elusive, research suggests.
Every system in your house needs monitoring and maintenance. Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good time to perform a water well checkup.
For those who have been “holed up” inside this winter, an interesting slant on what color does for us can carry on through from the winter months into spring and summer.
Consider adding leeks to your spring vegetable garden. Leeks look like large scallions, having slightly enlarged lower stems and upright leaves, which are flat and thick, unlike onions’ tubular leaves. They are milder than onions and have a distinctive, though similar, flavor. Leeks are delicious additions to soups and stews. They can also be added to stuffing, gratins, and casseroles, or sautéed with other vegetables such as carrots.
As we gaze upon the awakening landscape at this time of year, we dream of the wide array of flowers, shrubs and trees in our gardens. In the shrubs category, viburnums fall into “my favorite” species for many reasons.
Spring is that time of year when everything comes alive. It’s a time of hope, renewal, and opportunity. There is a high level of active growth in the garden and landscape. Tiny tender buds are beginning to open and expand into leaves and flowers.
Have you ever wondered if protein powders and supplements are better or worse than protein food sources?
Greenhouse and crop producers across Pennsylvania use, on average, over 27 million gallons per day for irrigation. Over 15,000 acres of irrigation occurs in micro-irrigation systems commonly found in greenhouses. Unfortunately, the quality of these water supplies is often overlooked as a potential source of plant growth issues.
A professor has shown that improving wastewater treatment and saving energy are not only essential, but they’re also compatible.
Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions, researchers have found after comparing repeat photographs to assess rehabilitation of Oregon wildlife refuge. The team analyzed photographs to gauge how the removal of grazing cattle more than two decades ago from Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in eastern Oregon has helped to rehabilitate the natural environment.
This past week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a $1 billion pipeline expansion to increase natural gas capacity to New England. (more)
If you serve on the board of a community organization, faith-based group, service club or social service agency, you expect to give your time and expertise to support the good work and mission of your organization. But too often, the good work takes a back seat to tension, conflict and open hostility.
Dormant season urea and copper sprays are recommended for decreasing available populations of apple scab spores and fire blight bacteria in the orchard for the 2015 season.