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Web Soil Survey: A Valuable Source of Information
July 12, 2017
Useful information is available on the web to the beginning farmer or someone who has been tending the soil for years.
Tomato crop at Scholl Orchards, Kempton PA
Scouting and Identifying Tomato Diseases
July 4, 2017
Tomatoes are an important and profitable crop for many vegetable growers. This video reviews the basics of proper scouting and identification of common diseases and their symptoms.
During early spring, sheep often meet their water requirements through consuming lush pasture.
Have You Tested The Water Lately?
July 4, 2017
One of the most important components of a sheep's diet is water. Water mineral levels can affect water taste and smell. Poor water quality can affect intake, which in turn affects animal growth and milk production.
Organic Field Crop Study Circles in Pennsylvania
June 1, 2017
The "Study Circle" meeting format provides a relaxed atmosphere where farmer participants can share information with each other as well as learn from and ask questions of the experts. Extension Educators Liz Bosak and Dave Hartman review this past year's Organic Field Crop Study Circles and share planned topics for upcoming meetings.
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Opportunities for Veterans in Pennsylvania Agriculture
June 1, 2017
More and more veterans are considering agriculture as a viable future upon returning home.