Boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittas, are considered a fall nuisance to those of us who have boxelder trees (Acer negundo) near our homes. As the temperatures start to drop these insects decide that a good overwintering site is in our homes.
This year in particular has been a tough year for blueberries. We've had some winter injury issues, but in addition to those, we are seeing nutritional problems that tend to recur on different farms in various years.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists report that glyphosate, known commercially by many trade names, and its degradation product AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) are transported off-site from agricultural and urban sources and occur widely in the environment. This study is the largest and most comprehensive assessment of the environmental occurrence of glyphosate and AMPA in the United States conducted to date.
Extended drought in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person--groundwater. Penn State Extension is urging the public to pitch in on Protect Your Groundwater Day September 9.
Just in case you’ve been wondering what that weed was…American burnweed seems to be spreading.
When you think of the fall season, mums, pumpkins, and corn stalks often come to mind. With winter approaching all too fast, gardeners try to soak up as much garden atmosphere as they can to get them through that cold weather ahead.
The recent unconventional production report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certainly illustrated the massive amount of natural gas being produced from a relatively small number of unconventional wells. (more...)
After a typical summer for our area, most of us find our lawn leaves something to be desired when compared to the lush lawn we had at the end of the spring.
Maintaining a shade garden after the spring bulbs have faded can be a challenge. Tall trees can suck up any moisture and leave you with bone dry soil. To correct the problem incorporate as much organic matter as possible.
As most of us know, our IPM systems were turned upside down after the introduction of BMSB around 2010. For the majority of apple growers that had to give up on their IPM programs to use harsh pesticides to control BMSB, this article contains some guidelines and control strategies for minimizing the impacts on mites for the next season.
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest, whether it's electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. I suspect many gardeners are the same way, looking for the latest in new perennials, hanging basket designs or tomato cultivars. At times, though, it is worth looking at the tried and true.
What good is this funky fungus?
A new study, "Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study," appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Four common steps to starting an IPM program emerged.
Cover crops can help improve soil quality, save manure nitrogen or fix nitrogen for the following crop, supply rescue forage and can lead to improved ground and surface water quality. Cover crops have a host of benefits, but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that.
Join us for light dinner and laughter as we learn about maximizing your ecology and profits through bio-intensive farming methods!
The fungi causing fruit rots can be quite stealth since spores will land on the fruit and cause symptoms after the fruit have been in storage. We have had excellent conditions for fruit rots this month with frequent rain and stretches of warm weather.
Traps placed on trees located on the border of woods as well as traps placed in the first row of orchards, which rarely collected any stink bugs for most of this season, now are collecting many brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults. Since not every orchard will experience the same pressure from BMSB, cautious scouting and monitoring of the vegetation surrounding an orchard should be very helpful in deciding if any special stink bug control treatment is necessary.
Are you interested in food safety certification for your farming operation? Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are partnering to provide mock audit workshops throughout our state. Mock Audits are a great introduction to food safety, and are also useful to those well acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices as well as other Food Safety Standards and who are looking forward to the next step.
As leaders we are constantly assessing our performance. Setting goals, mapping out objectives, bringing people together, building a resource base are activities that go with the job, but the question remains…are we progressive? As the leader, are we keeping our organization moving in a positive direction. Are there better ways to approach success?