The Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet has been updated and is available at the Penn State Tree Fruit Production website (http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit). New features include the addition of FRAC codes and pages for supplying additional information required by processors.
At the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention this year, the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) asked researchers to display posters so everyone can see the results of grower-funded research and extension projects. Industry support not only allows researchers and extension personnel to solve industry problems, but industry funding is becoming a requirement for hiring applied researchers and extension workers.
The 2014-2015 Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide has been updated for the 2014 growing season. In our goal to make the guide as comprehensive as possible we have added sections on postharvest disease control, marketing, the Geneva rootstock series and native pollinators.
Or was it the invention of the internal combustion engine that sent this development pattern into hibernation? In a few days, Penn State Extension's Land Use Decision-Making Education Team will kick off the first session of the Winter/Spring 2014 educational webinar series -- Transit-Oriented & Walkable Communities. The concept presented in this session is not a new idea.
Dairy and livestock producers who are thinking about or intending to transition all or a portion of their farm to grazing are invited to participate in a Grazing School, to be held in March at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA.
Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but were not sure where to start? This is the course for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” bridges the gap between ideas and action by guiding you through an exploratory decision making process. Starting March 12 in Allentown PA this course is geared towards career changers and farm newbies who what to break into agricultural pursuits, as well as farm apprentices interested in launching their own farm business start-ups.
With cold weather and a hectic schedule, it’s sometimes hard to find time to even sit down, much less prepare a homemade dinner. Luckily, there is a quick, easy, affordable and healthy way to make dinner every night of the week.
Are you starting a new farm? Do you have an existing small farming operation you would like to improve? “Living on a Few Acres” provides an introduction to essential topics for a new farming operation.
It’s that time of year again, when people start sniffling and coughing around the office. Statistics say that on average a person will get two to four colds per year. It is likely that all of us will come down with some type of illness this winter, whether it is a cold or the flu or a stomach bug. Even if you can’t prevent every illness, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of beating the odds and staying in the pink.
Companies often promote their products as the end all to all of our aches and pains. Recently, coconut oil seems to be gaining speed as the next best thing to sliced bread! Here is a brief summary of fats and oils and how they increase or decrease our risks of heart disease and how coconut oil fits in.
Do you own a farm business and are looking towards the future, perhaps retiring, scaling back from farming or transitioning from a farm business to take on another adventure? If so you will want to mark your calendar to attend one of the “Farm Succession and Transition” workshops being held by PA Farm Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation”.
A Farmer –to-Framer workshop will be held March 12, 2014, from 830AM – 300PM at Goodness Grows Farm - 5360 Bedford Valley Rd Bedford, PA 15522. This workshop is to help build the Southern Alleghenies Local Food Network and to help farmers mentor other farmers in the region.
Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.
Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation.
As group housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidified milk systems has also been renewed. This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems.
Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink.
Is the dairy industry ready to move from the past 75 years of artificial insemination (AI) as the primary way of advancing genetic progress, to using genomics, ovum pick-up (OPU), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) as another combination of technologies that could be used routinely to help take the dairy industry to the “next level” of genetic progress?
Prevention of mastitis requires reducing exposure to mastitis pathogens and enhancing the ability of the heifers’ immune system to respond.
The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm.
With the continuous parade of winter storms hitting the U.S., USDA has released an information sheet titled Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Snow Storms.