A study shows that weather patterns tied to climate change may increase the severity of algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay as extreme rainfall cycles flush larger amounts of nitrogen from fertilizer and other sources into the Susquehanna River. The researchers found that a spike in rainfall can increase nitrogen levels in the bay even if the amount of fertilizer used on land remains the same, leading to explosive algae growth that poisons humans and wildlife, and devastates fisheries.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented information on basic hydrology and where to go for drought monitoring information at a Drought Seminar for Potter County Farmers on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
Researchers developed an affordable way to monitor rivers and stream flow, 24/7, using open source products.
A new virus has been identified in association with a die-off of largemouth bass in Pine Lake in Wisconsin's Forest County. The previously unknown virus was isolated at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's La Crosse Fish Health Center from dead fish collected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during an investigation into a May 2015 fish kill in the northeastern Wisconsin lake.
Penn State Extension Water Educator, Jim Clark, and Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, presented a workshop for 61 Venango County Residents on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
Beets are plentiful this time of year. The most common variety is red beets, but other kinds include yellow beets, orange or golden beets, and Chiogga beets which have a pink and white striped flesh.
Ferns, low growing shrubs and trees, and canopy trees all change the quantity of light, but they also change the quality of light.
Starting up a new vegetable farm requires a lot of planning.
It seems many people today have less time to sit down to eat, often grabbing food or snacks to take with them as they hurry onto the next item of business. For some, they may elect not to eat at that moment, waiting for a later time that fits their schedule. Clearly, leading a hectic lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to give up on good nutritional choices of foods that you can take with you.
Mike Cavazza’s paper proposes solutions for acid mine drainage that helps industry and environment (more...)
This grower-supported apple maturity update focuses on new apple varieties grown at the University of Maryland orchard in Keedysville, a warm, low-elevation site in southern Washington County, MD.
Is fruit the forgotten food group? Has fruit fallen out of the food groups? Find out why fruit intake in the U.S. has sunk so low, and 15 ways to help you and your family power up with fruit!
Thanks to receiving a multi-state Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant, research and extension activities related to high and low tunnel berry production are taking a significant step forward.
Presumably due to the state receiving some much-needed rain and temperatures cooling off a bit, spotted wing drosophila numbers took a significant jump over the last couple of weeks.
Management strategies are discussed for mitigating the postharvest disease Rhizopus rot on peaches and nectarines.
A review of managing pre- and postharvest apple fruit rots is discussed. Alternative rot management strategies are included.
Penn State Extension has published the newly updated Master Gardener Manual, an expansive guide containing a comprehensive inventory of gardening and landscape-management topics for home gardeners, students and professionals. The nearly 800-page guide leads readers through the basics of plant classification, propagation, plant culture, harvesting and problem-solving.
Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor changed two posters that employers are required to post in the workplace.
AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians took part in Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days in August at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rocks Spring.
Downy mildew continues to be reported primarily on cucumber and to a lesser extent on cantaloupe across the region.