If the rain that is forecasted comes to fruition, we will experience a major scab infection period late March 31–April 1. With temperatures averaging around 60°F, only 6 hours leaf wetness is needed to cause an infection event. Protection is needed for vulnerable green tissue.
In a move that increases its capacity to teach Pennsylvania agricultural producers how to comply with new federal food-safety demands, Penn State Extension recently hired an experienced educator in the field.
The National AgrAbility Project released the 2016 AgrAbility Harvest newsletter that highlights the 25th anniversary of AgrAbility, the upcoming National Training Workshop, and so much more.
After what has been on pace to be a top 10 warmest March statewide, a more wintry pattern will be in place for the beginning of April.
Marketing seems to be more of a focus at this time of year, just as some positive price movement occurs and the industry awaits official USDA planting projection reporting the end of March. Let’s not be caught off guard as we seek to secure the economic viability of our farm.
The presence of this mite as a significant factor of timothy losses has been reported in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, and York counties over the past 2 years; however, this pest has most likely been present for a longer period of time but gone unnoticed. Some yield loss estimates range from 30-70%.
As you drove over your small grains to fertilize and apply herbicide this spring, you may have taken notice of some winter kill, possible snow mold patches and powdery mildew. While our long warm fall set us up for these issues, our dry warm spring is helping to fight against them.
How to use the PA Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (PA PIPE) to keep track of soil temperature, heat units, and potential pests in your area. Identification, scouting, and control of alfalfa weevil is also discussed.
Managing when and where livestock graze can have lasting positive effects on pasture productivity.
Springtime brings on many questions in regards to restoring pastures that are weather beaten after winter. Often people think a pasture must be totally renovated or made “new” to be productive, when actually they can use restoration techniques. This article addresses the differences between the two management approaches to ultimately have good productive pastures for animals.
The success of any breeding program depends partially on correct nutritional management of broodmares.
When acquiring ownership, you assumed responsibility for the health and welfare of your horse.
Penn State actually has not one, but two different equestrian teams. While only two years old and a new organization compared to its English style counterpart, the Western Equestrian Team has had its fair share of recent accomplishments.
Did you know the avocado is considered a fruit? Avocados contain a high amount of oil that is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which helps to promote and support cardiovascular health. Avocados also contain a variety of important nutrients and are a good source of potassium, vitamins C, E and B. They are also remarkably versatile, so if you've only tasted them in guacamole, read on.
In an increasingly fast paced world there are times when we just need to SLOW down. Between work, school, children, and life in general, things seem to get more and more complicated. This is where the help of a slow cooker can come in handy. Using a slow cooker usually involves quick preparation and slow cooking time, making it easy for you to have a delicious meal waiting for you and your family at the end of the day.
If you’ve become drowsy after eating a bagel for breakfast or a bowl of pasta for lunch, you know how the foods you eat affect the way you feel. Within 2 to 3 hours after eating foods high in refined-carbohydrate, you may tend to feel tired and sluggish. On the other hand, including foods high in protein in snacks and meals you eat will help you feel more alert and able to concentrate.
The past decade has seen significant changes in oil and natural gas development prices, costs, and new well productivity. IHS Global Inc (IHS) just released a report on trends in well development costs for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to help understand the cost drivers and trends in energy production.
Pennsylvania contains thousands of natural and man-made ponds and small lakes that are commonly used for irrigation, livestock or recreational purposes. Surveys of pond and lake owners by Penn State Extension have found that 52% complained of nuisance levels of aquatic plants or algae.
As fresh water resources become scarce, one option for water-conscious farmers is to water crops with treated wastewater. This effluent is becoming a more popular option for applications that don't require drinking-quality water. However, there are still questions about how the effluent interacts with and affects the rest of the ecosystem. Researchers set out to follow the environmental paths of four different compounds found in effluent when it is used to spray irrigate wheat crops.