The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has placed four more counties on drought warning status following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force. While recent precipitation over the past few weeks has helped dry conditions in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, the central part of the state still has persistent 90-day precipitation deficits of up to 4 inches from normal as well as low groundwater and stream levels.
Make use of the data provided by National Sheep Improvement Program to help make management decisions for your flock.
A new online interactive mapping tool provides summaries of decadal-scale changes in groundwater chemistry across the Nation.
Over half of Pennsylvania residents rely on groundwater for at least part of their drinking water. Groundwater is also the predominant source of water used for agriculture, commercial and mining activities in the state. While Pennsylvania has abundant groundwater resources, it is critical that they be properly protected from pollution associated with land use activities. Use of pesticides represents one such groundwater threat.
The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program was established to help address non-point source pollution, which remains one of the biggest challenges facing surface water quality in Pennsylvania.
Chesapeake Bay Program partners are welcoming the review of new high-resolution land use data for all 206 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The data will inform the partnership’s next generation of models used to estimate nutrient and sediment loads and to credit efforts to reduce those pollutants from draining into the nation’s largest estuary.
Study finds life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active - As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It's difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren't doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists looking at more than 100 lakes has concluded that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active. Their findings stand to complicate the understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is warming lakes around the planet.
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 15 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2017 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program. The program is offered in different counties each year. In 2017, it will be available in Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Butler, Columbia, Cumberland, Fulton, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Warren and York counties.
Pressure, temperature and fluid composition play an important role in the amount of metals and other chemicals found in wastewaters from hydraulically fractured gas reservoirs, according to Penn State researchers.
Be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately in cold weather. The cold, wet and wind of winter weather present a different set of challenges.
Transportation systems and services in Pennsylvania face the challenges of changing demographics.
Learn to balance your holiday calories to avoid future bulges by offering great food favorites and physical activity with a game plan in mind.
Feeding cows is very similar to conducting a financial assessment in respect to “What is the return on investment?” For the cow it comes down to what is the return on milk volume and pounds of fat and protein for the price of feed fed. The approach taken by producers during difficult times is to make decisions based on the unit price of a particular feed. Usually this is coupled with not giving thought on what the feed contributes to the ration, how the animal responds, and the long term implications of replacing an “expensive” feed ingredient with a cheaper substitute. This strategy has led many nutritionists to avoid the least cost ration scenario and focus on the best cost ration because optimum performance is rarely achieved on the least cost approach.
Ensuring your calves are healthy, by reducing stress, will improve their performance in the feedlot and improve your relationship with your buyers.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service published to the Federal Register a proposed rule governing the management of non-federal oil and gas activities on National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) lands and waters.
Penn State University, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and other technology providers and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is demonstrating a cost-effective technology path to increase the use of renewable-energy power generation in Pennsylvania.
When cash prices are lower it's sometimes easy to skimp on the very production practices that made you successful.
Many fruit growers across the state are incorporating sustainable practices, and many of these practices can be implemented by beginning farmers to show their customers they are being good stewards of the environment.
Holidays can be a time for bringing a focus to healthy eating and activity. Pinpoint 12 days of the season and try these ideas for incorporating health in the gifts you give, the recipes you prepare, and in your daily choices of activities, meals and snacks!
Colorful flowers can be yours throughout the winter if you act now.