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Aerial image of Penn State’s research hopyard at Rock Springs. Photo by T. Delvalle, Penn State
Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool?
May 16, 2017
You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.
Transplanting by hand can be labor-intensive.
Taking it to the Field: Seeding and Transplanting Vegetables
May 10, 2017
Stand establishment is one of the most critical steps in producing a successful crop of vegetables.
Photo: Tianna Dupont
What You Need to Grow Healthy Transplants
April 27, 2017
Many vegetable crops are started in the greenhouse as transplants, and then planted out into the field for crop production.
Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm
April 27, 2017
On a recent trip to a wholesale marketing cooperative, the manager explained how she is always looking for more fruit from her growers.
Take Advantage of Your Existing Markets
April 27, 2017
When it comes to the livestock business, or any agricultural enterprise for that matter, a broad perspective and an open mind about potential market channels can help strengthen your business. Extension Educator, Walt Bumgarner, shares his thoughts on managing product for multiple markets.