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Photo credit: United Soybean Board, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
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.
Bob and Beverly Hoyer
Twilight At-Market Workshop, Buzas' Greenhouse and Farm, Easton PA
July 6, 2017
Join Penn State Extension for an evening focused on Marketing at this successful operation located in Easton, PA.
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.
Two Vegetable and Fruit Field Days Scheduled for July
July 3, 2017
Both Field Days are a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and Penn State Extension and Penn State researchers. Registration is through the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association.