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May 10, 2017

Above average temperatures this spring has advanced the maturity of the rye as well as other forages. Depending on the planting date and your geographic location it is time to cut rye for straw.

Image 1. Frost damage to a stand of Japanese knotweed taken 5/9/2017
May 10, 2017

Temperatures crept at or below freezing the past couple of mornings, and you may be wondering if it has caused injury in wheat and barley crops.

May 10, 2017

It’s time to make wheat fungicide decisions. Consider your growth stage and risk levels to help you make the call on products and application timing.

May 10, 2017

Before you get to the field to cut hay, learn how to properly adjust your conditioning rolls for optimum performance.

May 9, 2017

Have you thought about culture lately, including your own? Working with children and families from diverse backgrounds other than the early childhood professional’s own requires continual self-reflection and learning. Children and families in early childhood education (ECE) programs are substantially diverse—whether the differences are cultural, linguistic, ability, family structure, race, religion, or socio-economic. An awareness of CLAD—cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity—is fundamental to working with children and families.

Proper mulching of the soils surrounding the tree is an important component of tree care. Photo: V. Cotrone, Penn State
May 9, 2017

Whether you just planted one tree or seventy five this spring, having a plan to care for them is key to their survival.

May 9, 2017

Penn State Extension has named six assistant directors to oversee statewide educational programs addressing a variety of subject-matter areas of importance to Pennsylvania. The appointments are part of recently announced changes to the organization's structure, product development and program delivery.

May 9, 2017

AgrAbility announces the winners of the Bridging Horizons Contest. Also learn about upcoming events and a tractor door opener which is the AT Spotlight.

10mm diameter fruit. Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
May 8, 2017

We are continuing to experience unusually cold weather across the state, and growers will need to continue to wait for a thinning window.

Pitless Adaptor. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
May 8, 2017

Anyone installing a new well—or replacing an inadequate old system needs to plan carefully to ensure an adequate supply of good-quality water.

May 8, 2017

New research points to lawn fertilizers and pet waste as the dominant sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants in seven sub-watersheds of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

May 8, 2017

Despite climate change plus urban growth, study says planning can help. As climate change and population pressure intensify in suburbia, a new study by a watershed scientist suggests that threats such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now. He modeled how this watershed is going to look in the next 90 years taking both into account.

May 8, 2017

Global precipitation may account for 1 to 25 percent of bacteria emitted from land. A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But a new study reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria.

May 8, 2017

What can the forests of Scandinavia possibly offer to migrants in faraway refugee camps? Clean water may be one thing, suggests a new report.

Image:  Penn State
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.