Bouts of humid sticky weather intermixed with short cool, dry episodes continue. No widespread rainfall in the near future.
Many barley varieties recover from winter injury and perform very well in trials
Soybean insect pests on the rise, while most plots have limited disease development
Significant infestations of Palmer pigweed now cropping up in alfalfa, soybeans and even corn
Did we miss some commodity pricing opportunities? So, now what can we do?
2013 Report now available
Mothersbaugh Farm is a 4 acre farm in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania established in 1977.
Governor Tom Corbett recently signed two pieces of legislation regarding the taxation of High Tunnels in Pennsylvania. While this simplified the property tax issue, there remains substantial confusion among growers as to what is required in order to legally construct high tunnels in their local municipality. In addition, what constitutes a high tunnel, greenhouse and sales facility as they relate to other agricultural production facilities varies from township to township and borough to borough.
Did you purchase health insurance through The Marketplace (healthcare.gov) and received the premium tax credit (PTC) to help pay your monthly premium? If you have any of the changes listed below, you should report them to healthcare.gov now.
Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, according to a new study by ecologists.
Agricultural producers are busy people who often find it hard to get away to shop for equipment or learn the latest production practices. But Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, which takes place Aug. 12-14, offers farm operators the chance to compare goods and services, see the latest machinery in action, and find out about new methods and technologies that can help them maximize productivity -- all in a single trip.
Do you have an idea for business? Have you tried to develop that idea? Many more businesses fail than succeed. In fact, the statistics show that about 75% of first time business start-ups don’t succeed.
USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
July and August often bring numerous calls and emails to Penn State Extension from pond owners about nuisance growth of algae. While long strands of filamentous algae are unappealing and have little value to the pond ecosystem, some other types of pond algae can actually provide important benefits to a pond.
The Marcellus shale has been quoted as the largest unconventional natural gas reservoir in the nation. New stories about the Utica, the Bakken, and the Eagle Ford soon joined the ranks . The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play is a rising star in the list of unconventional plays in the US
Verbal communication skills are very much like penmanship. If people do not use them, they will lose them.
Four of 7 spotted wing drosophila found this week were in black raspberries which are finishing up in Pennsylvania and shouldn’t be an issue at this point. First captures occurred in blueberry, grape and blackberry.
According to moth captures in sex pheromone traps located in various orchards in South-central Pennsylvania the third generation of Oriental fruit moth (OFM) and the second generation of codling moth (CM) just started. The first summer Brown Marmorated Stink Bug adult generation is imminent. While in the majority of orchards the numbers are still very low, at some locations we observed the first fruit injuries caused by this pest.
More and more news stories highlight recent evidence supporting increased protein intake to preserve muscle mass from mid-adulthood onward. Though cereal with dairy and fruit is a common and healthy breakfast, there are ways to increase the protein content of that menu, as well as other interesting and "protein-ful" combinations!