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May 8, 2017

Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the design and funding for construction of a new $6 million addition to its energy testing facility in Benner Township, near the University Park campus.

May 5, 2017

AgrAbility PA's inaugural Bridging Horizons Contest concluded this spring with two winners! The contest provided an opportunity for Pennsylvania FFA Association chapters to make a positive impact in their community by enhancing independence and/or promoting success for farmers with disabilities.

Plum Curculio adult on young apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
May 5, 2017

All pheromone traps for monitoring the most common fruit pests should already be in place in orchards.

Four-lined plant bug adult. Photo: S. Feather, Penn State
May 4, 2017

Four-lined plant bugs, Poecilocapsus lineatus, become active in May. They are one of the few pests that injure a wide variety of plants, including herbs that are rarely bothered by anything else.

May 4, 2017

After a very active beginning of the week with widespread severe weather across the state, an extended period of cool and unsettled weather is on the way.

Figure 1: Large number of pea aphids crowding onto an alfalfa stem in Lancaster County (Photo by Jeff Graybill, Penn State Extension, Lancaster County)
May 4, 2017

Insect populations seem more active than usual this year, blame it on the mild winter if you like, or blame me, I can take it!

Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow.  Image from Ohio State University.
May 4, 2017

“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock in your pastures or along fence rows and roadsides. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”.

May 4, 2017

As the days become warmer and spring continues to saturate Pennsylvania, it is important to keep an eye on hayfields as they mature at varying speeds during the up’s-and-down’s of early spring weather.

May 4, 2017

Soil compaction threat increased in much of the state after significant rainfall over the past days. Avoiding compaction has been shown to be much more cost effective than repairing it.

May 4, 2017

Spring is a very vulnerable time for soil if it is uncovered, tilled up, and devoid of organic matter. This week’s heavy rainstorms caused significant erosion on exposed soils.

Daffodils are a deer-resistant bulb that can be planted in heavily browsed landscapes.
May 4, 2017

The deer population in Pennsylvania is on the rise. And as land development increases, deer are frequently found in areas densely populated by humans. Deer control is now one of the biggest challenges for home gardeners.

Figure 1. Grape Berry Moth adult on Concord leaf. Photo: Andy Muza, Penn State
May 3, 2017

Grape Berry Moth (GBM) is an insect in the Order: Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) and Family: Tortricidae.

Cardinal Flower
May 3, 2017

Birds can be found everywhere – parks, lakes, forests, cities, even your own backyard; however, birds are finding our homes less and less appealing.

Make your gardens safe for your furry friends.
May 3, 2017

Here are some helpful hints on ways to make your garden a pet safe and beautiful space.

May 2, 2017

Hostas are a go-to plant for almost any gardener dealing with shade to part-shade in the garden. The one glaring exception is that hostas are deer favorites. If you live in deer country you know that plantings featuring tulips, hosta and daylilies are the equivalent of “all you can eat” buffets for Bambi.

Altenanthera spp. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
May 2, 2017

Elevated sodium and elevated chloride levels are being observed more frequently in private water supplies in rural areas.

Allium leafminer female making feeding damage. Photo Tim Elkner
May 2, 2017

Protect every chive, onion and garlic! The allium leafminer is here!

Vegetable Garden by Lori Stalteri; CC By 2.0
May 2, 2017

This year, share the bounty of your summer garden by planting an extra row or two of vegetables to donate to your local food bank or pantry.

Spotted lanternfly nymph. Photo: E. Swackhamer, Penn State
May 2, 2017

Erica Myers, a Penn State Department of Entomology graduate student, observed the first 2017 sighting of a Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, nymph in Oley, PA (Berks County) on April 26, 2017.