A new presentation developed by Penn State’s Pesticide Education Program and Water Resources Educator Jim Clark has been used many times around the state this winter at meetings for core pesticide credits required by applicators needing to keep their pesticide license current.
Penn State Extension water resources educators conduct workshops on home drinking water supplies throughout Pennsylvania.
Adaptation to new risks: A vital necessity for development policies - The current instability and unpredictability of the world water cycle is here to stay, making society's adaptation to new risks a vital necessity when formulating development policies, a UN expert warns. He says long-term water cycle stability 'won't return in the lifetime of anyone alive today.
Research seeks to evaluate on-farm best management practices to prevent pathogens from entering streams. This source water protection strategy may represent a cost-effective, sustainable way to protect drinking water.
Urbanization in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has increased stream discharge, the frequency of flood-plain inundation, and the transport of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment to streams and, ultimately, to the bay. Understanding the effects of the abundance, composition, and location of vegetation on flood-plain functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment trapping can aid in the development of effective best management practices that help improve the quality of water entering the bay.
See what AgrAbility staff have been doing lately by reading the May 2016 edition of Field Notes.
Pasturing horses is the most economical and easiest way to feed.
5 mules that were under an Equine Herpes Virus 1 quarantine in Bedford County, PA have been released.
On April 27, 2016 PA Department of Agriculture released a rabies alert as a Mifflin County Pennsylvania Raccoon tested positive for Rabies.
Each year many horse owners have an Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or Coggins testing performed on their horse.
After a dry April, rain has crept into the forecast making conditions ideal for apple scab, fire blight, and cherry leaf spot. Other diseases to keep an eye for management are powdery mildew and bacterial spot. For those who had their stone fruit crop frozen out in April, disease management is still needed. Disease infection periods are being posted for regions in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
After an early beginning to the growing season that saw green tip stage reached on average about 18 days ahead of last year, the weather cooled off and for stations reporting full bloom as of the morning of April 30, they are only 11 to 12 days ahead of last year. Obviously frost damage to flowers and spur leaves will be a compounding factor in deciding whether and when to thin this year.
The spring weather, and its impact on the development of insects, continues to be a roller coaster ride. The Oriental fruit moth biofix (first sustained moth flights for the season) was established on April 12, the second earliest date on record.
Boron is one of the essential micronutrients for tree fruit. It helps in the fruit setting process by facilitating pollen development and subsequent pollen tube growth.
As the weather warms up, many of us like to get out of the house and start spending more of our time outside. Orchard insects also become active in the spring, and this is when they become a concern for commercial fruit growers throughout the county. Exactly when these pests begin to arrive depends on several factors, such as recent weather conditions and how many pests were present in the orchard the previous fall.
Many of you are replacing older orchards with newer varieties and newer training systems. One of the systems that is currently in vogue is the Tall Spindle System (TSS). It was proposed and developed largely by Terence Robinson at Cornell University. Its popularity is due to the simplicity of its pruning.
We have been working with the Tall Spindle System (TSS) since 2008 with Jonagold/B9 and Daybreak Fuji/M.9 T337. We also have a planting established in 2010 with Aztec Fuji as an NC-140 uniform rootstock trial. In 2014 we established another NC-140 trial with Honeycrisp and Aztec Fuji on 7 and 6 rootstocks respectively.
Expanding the use of recycled water would reduce water and energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and benefit public health in California — which is in the midst of a severe drought — and around the world. A new study found that recycled water has great potential for more efficient use in urban settings and to improve the overall resiliency of the water supply.
Scientists have recently discovered that fish in the northeastern U.S. are changing gender – and it’s not due to an identity crisis. A new study published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety finds that male fish are turning into females – a phenomenon known as intersex.
Strawberries are blooming, the rain is falling and it’s warming into the 60’s and 70’s—and as a plant pathologist, all I see is Botrytis spores dancing about the farm. We have already started to see Botrytis popping up on stem tissue and flower petals. Scouting for the pathogen in your fields will help inform you whether you need to spray.