This new resource for organic producers features case studies of successful organic enterprises along with details on organic farming practices.
Let’s say you want to open a business, say a coffee shop where you hope to attract young professionals as customers. There’s retail space in the downtown that appears to have a lot of that age group. Is this a good location for your business?
Norristown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released results of surveillance for Aedes mosquitoes, which have been found to be vectors of the Zika virus. At this time, there have not been any cases of Zika transmitted locally in Pennsylvania, nor have mosquitoes tested positive for the virus.
Hundreds of homeowners with private water wells, springs, cisterns, ponds or lakes received educational assistance at two exhibits during Ag Progress Days on August 16-18, 2016.
A recent study out of the University of Colorado indicates since introduction of horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the rate of groundwater contamination remained the same as in the previous years.
Researchers studied drilling wastes produced at two research wells near Morgantown and found they are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste.
By Marcia Anderson (of EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM in Dallas, Texas) Summer is a glorious time for an outdoor family BBQ. Those interested in nature can watch all of the animal families busily foraging for food. Rest assured it won’t be long until you hear the familiar buzz of house flies.
The past few months has seen numerous recalls of food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This particular bacteria grows under refrigeration and is particularly harmful to pregnant women, newborns, children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals.
With children heading back to school, school districts across the nation are investing in propane fueled school busses. What are the benefits of propane fueled busses?
In some areas of Pennsylvania we are expected to see the remnants of tropical storm Hermine which could deliver some very heavy rains in the next several days. Heavy rainfall may spark an outbreak of Phytophthora Crown and Fruit Rot in some of the poorer draining fields in the state.
This grower-supported maturity update focuses on new apple varieties grown at the University of Maryland orchard in Keedysville, to collect pertinent information on fruit maturity ahead of the typical picking dates for growers further north.
The numbers of brown marmorated stink bug adults are increasing in many orchards. Codling moth adults will be active for at least another 2 to 3 weeks. The fourth generation Oriental fruit moth adults are likely to be present in orchards during all of September and into October.
A group of Penn State Extension educators are working closely with specialty crop producers across the state on a “Models for the Future” demonstration plot project. Plots are designed to showcase best management practices for producers in the establishing years of developing their farm enterprises.
Most consumers hate to find a worms in their sweet corn, but few people actually understand the challenges that vegetable growers must face in trying to produce the perfect worm-free ear.
While western parts of the state have seen upwards of 2-3 inches of rain over the past week, much of eastern PA has remained relatively dry since last Wednesday. The upcoming week will be relatively dry and seasonal as meteorological fall begins on Thursday.
Now is the time to think about controlling summer annual weeds, prior to seed set, in certain cropping systems.
Producers and crop scouts are reporting note-worthy worm infestations in field and sweet corn crops across the state that are most likely corn earworm, but another worm pest is possibly expanding its range in the northeast US which requires that we take a second look at these situations to confirm what we are seeing.
Corn silage dry down is hastening across the state, causing the need for farmers to monitor moisture levels so the optimum dry matter is achieved for ensiling and helping to ensure optimum forage quality.
A three-year NESARE-funded on-farm project demonstrates improved forage inventories and soil quality on two Pennsylvania farms.
Plant pathologists from all the major corn-growing regions of North America have joined forces to bring you some new resources!