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Many vegetable crops are started in the greenhouse as transplants, and then planted out into the field for crop production.
Los productores de fruta de próxima generación que asistan a esta sesión de campo obtendrán capacitación práctica sobre identificación de malezas y exploración. Cada participante recibirá una nueva guía de malezas a color titulada Stubborn Weeds de Pennsylvania. La guía está disponible en español e inglés. Una comida lijera será servido después del curso, y todos son invitados a una reunión Twilight en la huerta de Hollabaugh a las 6.
Next generation fruit producers who attend a field session on Thursday, May 4, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, will gain hands-on training in weed identification and scouting. Each participant will receive a new, full-color weed guide titled "Stubborn Weeds of Pennsylvania." The guide is available in Spanish and English. Growers will also have the opportunity to test a new app for keeping scouting records. A light meal will be served following the workshop, and growers are invited to an Orchard Twilight Meeting at nearby Hollabaugh Orchards at 6 pm.
On a recent trip to a wholesale marketing cooperative, the manager explained how she is always looking for more fruit from her growers.
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.
Timely tree training and integrated management of newly planted trees will ensure the success and future profitability of high density apple plantings.
Before the widespread use of plastic mulch, drip irrigation, high tunnels and greenhouse production, there seemed to be a clear line of demarcation between vegetables that could be transplanted, and those that had to be seeded directly into the field. Grower innovations have nearly erased that line.
This is an 8-session course for those hoping to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit or new vegetable producers wanting to refine farm management.
Spring is one of the busiest times of the year on a farm and sometimes things are so busy that safety is not given the priority that it needs to keep everyone safe. Below are some ways to help improve safety and decrease the risk of injury at your farm operation.
Farmers are often surprised by the amount of record keeping that their agricultural enterprise can entail. After all, your passion is likely in the production of your crops! Nevertheless, good planning and records are paramount to running a smooth operation that is capable of success and expansion. Here are some quick tips on how to get off to a good start with your planning and record keeping this season and beyond.
The allium leafminer, Phytomyza gymnostoma, is a fly that originates from Poland, Germany, Austria and Spain, and was confirmed in 18 counties in Pennsylvania last year.
This Penn State Extension publication, in Spanish and English, is designed for use by orchard employees - often the first individuals to detect a new occurrence of a fruit disease or insect pest.
Most vegetable crops start their life as seeds.
The Lehigh Valley Study Circle Network began its 2017 season with a meeting hosted by Jake, Ben, and George Scholl of Scholl Orchards, located in Bethlehem and Kempton PA. During the meeting with fellow growers, the Scholls discussed their operation and some of the elements that have led to their success.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect that attacks grapes, apples, stone fruits, and pines, and threatens Pennsylvania and the United States.
Questionnaire will help Penn State Extension develop educational resources for businesses preparing for Food Safety Modernization Act.
At a recent study circle meeting held in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, vegetable growers shared their questions, thoughts and experiences about how to make the most efficient use of time, tools, labor and resources on the farm.
Where are you going? In the sheep business, many of us might be headed to the barn, headed to a sale, or heading out to the pastures to check on sheep. Yes, that tells where we are going at that point in time, but where are you headed in the future? Do you have any production goals for your flock?
Honey bees are in the news almost every week. The public has been reminded of the importance of honey bees in the production of everything from apples and almonds to onions and alfalfa. (It is the onion/alfalfa seed they help with). And, the bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them.
I spent most of the summer writing a review paper on apple rootstocks and came across quite a bit of information that might be of interest to commercial fruit growers.