Current report: Most fields are emerging with some as far along as V2.
Today’s technology provides the opportunity to collect a lot of data related to crops, cows and financials. The problem is a human element is still needed to monitor and evaluate the information. Determining the key metrics important to the producer or manager is essential for detecting and correcting problems earlier versus later.
Bees and bee health are still making headlines, and sorely needed research results are finally starting to emerge. In early May, Horticultural Research Institute participated in a research symposium at Penn State University where early results from several research projects relevant to pollinator health were shared.
Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book, titled “The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture.” The book examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.
Few things say “summertime” more than this leafy vegetable. Rhubarb has an appeal all its own. It is very tart, and even with copious amounts of sugar, there remains a hint of sour.
Yellow poplar weevils reached epidemic levels in parts of Pennsylvania in 2015, causing ugly aesthetic damage on its favored host trees and prompting many calls to Penn State Extension offices about “flying ticks.” Fortunately, ticks do not have wings and cannot fly; nor do they have antennae.
Born on a farm in upstate New York, Dr. Kristy Borrelli began her duties April 15, 2016 in the Department of Plant Science and was previously working in the Pacific Northwest as an Extension Specialist.
Agroforesters from Penn State, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Kate MacFarland, Assistant Agroforester at the Nebraska-based USDA National Agroforestry Center, recently visited a chestnut grower’s cooperative based in Carrolton, Ohio to learn about chestnut farming, processing and marketing. In this installment of our occasional column, “Agroforestry in Focus,” two of the participants — Tracey Coulter and Erik Hagan — share some of what they learned.
What better way for children to indulge a love of digging in the dirt than to make their own garden?
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark and Penn State Watershed Specialist, Bryan Swistock presented a class on pond management for pond owners in North Central Pennsylvania on May 26, 2016, at the North Fork Dam Recreation Area in Potter County, PA.
Most U.S. homes are full of familiar household products with an ingredient that fights bacteria: triclosan. Most of the triclosan is removed in waste water treatment plants. However, a U.S. Geological Survey found the antibacterial in nearly 58% of freshwater streams. What does that mean for the food and soil irrigated with water from streams? As triclosan breaks down, it can turn into other harmful compounds. The breakdown of triclosan produces more effective hormone disruptors.
Plastic accounts for nearly eighty per cent of all waste found in our oceans, gradually breaking down into smaller and smaller particles. New research investigates how nanosized plastic particles affect aquatic animals in different parts of the food chain.
Last week, the governor of Colorado signed a bill legalizing rain barrels. Before then, the capture and use of rainwater, even on so small a scale, was illegal in Colorado.
Pause for a moment and consider your nearest stream. Do you know where it goes? Chances are, if you live in one of the 41 counties covering central Pennsylvania, that water finds its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. This week, June 5-11, marks the first-ever Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. It’s a time to celebrate the Bay watershed’s diverse waterways and landscapes, rich history, immense economic impact, and the aesthetic and recreational offerings it and all of its local waters provide to the 18 million people who live in its watershed.
Shell officially announced its decision to move forward with building a multibillion-dollar ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, PA
Changes to the nutrition facts label on foods just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration don't kick in for two years, but that shouldn't stop people from using the existing label to eat smarter now, according to a nutritionist with Penn State Extension.
Penn State Extension has teamed up with beginning and establishing growers across the state to offer study circle discussion groups.
Schools are dismissing for the summer break. That means more free time for children and less structured schedules. It may also mean excessive weight gain for kids.
At this stage, biorational products such as Bt or Bacillus thuringiensis (DiPel, Foray, Javelin, others) or spinosad (Conserve, Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew) can provide effective control.