Development of natural gas and oil from shale formations has become a very important part of the U.S. energy portfolio over the last decade. Water quality impacts from shale development have gained significant public concern and media attention, though well-documented impacts are not common.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Team Members, Bryan Swistock and Jim Clark, offered a Pond Management Workshop on Thursday evening July 30, in Reynoldsville, PA, in Jefferson County.
The deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans could cause salamander population declines and extinctions if brought to North America via international trade, biologists warn. They are calling for the federal government to place an immediate ban on salamander imports to the United States until a plan is in place to detect and prevent the fungus' spread.
The flight of the second generation codling moth (CM) is underway in most Pennsylvania pome fruit orchards. Only on site CM monitoring will provide accurate information if and for how long control treatments are necessary.
Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual Natural Gas Utilization Conference October 28th and 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe.
Easily manufactured, low cost, lightweight, flexible dielectric polymers that can operate at high temperatures may be the solution to energy storage and power conversion in electric vehicles and other high temperature applications, according to a team of Penn State engineers. (more...)
Adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of existing structures for new office, commercial or residential uses will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Serge Delrot, professor of plant physiology and director of the Joint Research Unit for Ecophysiology and Grape Functional Genomics at France's University of Bordeaux, will give a free, public presentation about the science and history of winemaking in his region.
Corn earworm (CEW) increases have started, and a site in Lancaster County spiked dramatically. We may start to see increased from both immigration and locally produced 2nd generation CEW. Also, a 2nd generation of European corn borer (ECB) is in progress. Change to this can occur rapidly at this time of year.
This season has been rough on cucurbit crops across the state and many growers are seeing cucurbits wilting in their fields. There are a number of diseases like bacterial wilt, cucurbit yellow vine decline and Fusarium wilt as well as abiotic stresses such as water logged soils that can cause cucurbits to wilt.
Late blight was confirmed on tomato and potato from the same farm in Somerset County this past week. Both samples were genotyped as US23. As we head into fall, cooler evening temperatures and longer dew periods will favor the continued development of late blight.
Downy mildew is continuing to spread across Pennsylvania with additional reports on cucumber, pumpkin and butternut squash.
Through its Agricultural Law Resource & Reference Center, Penn State Law has conducted extensive outreach activities in agricultural law for nearly two decades. To more accurately reflect the focus of this work and the interconnected nature of agricultural law and shale gas development, the center's name has been changed to the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law. (more...)
Slightly Cooler Than Normal With Two Opportunities For Organized, Steady Rain.
Lines in our tests varied by about 30 bushels per acre. Variety selection can be your most important management decision.
Reports from this week Indicate Low pest pressure prevailing.
Weed of the Week: Eastern Black Nightshade
Allowing a Little Time to Pass Before Making Costly Management Decisions Can Allow Some Wounds to Heal
The Threat, Though Low, Remains in the Northern Counties
Or Will Be Soon. Remember; Location, Location, Location