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As the market demand for more locally grown produce harvested year-round increases, onions are a crop that seems to be receiving a great deal of attention. Season extension and overwintering techniques utilizing plasticulture technology can be applied successfully to growing onions, adding financial value to your farm operation.
A good disease management plan can increase your probability of success for the season. Farmer Anton Shannon and Educator Tianna DuPont, shared tips for disease prevention, identification and control at a recent field day at one of Penn State Extension’s Models for the Future sites.
Even if it's still hot and muggy out there, now is the time to start thinking ahead. As fall approaches, you can plan to take steps to get your pasture prepared for the winter and ready for a great start in the coming spring.
Many greenhouse and nursery operations use fertilizer injectors, also known as proportioners, to deliver precise concentrations of water-soluble nutrients to plants through irrigation systems. Injectors pull a concentrated fertilizer solution from a stock tank and add it to the irrigation water.
Infestations of red mites left alone can eat enough chlorophyll out of the leaves of apple trees that the trees can’t store energy anymore, resulting in smaller fruit and a reduced fruit bloom the following season. Luckily we don’t often see red mite infestations due to a successful story of biological control in Pennsylvania. Dr. Dave Biddinger explained how to scout for red mites and maintain a successful biological control program at a Young Grower Alliance training session on July 16.
Make sure you know where apple scab overwinters, how to monitor and when it is most likely to appear. Penn State Tree Fruit Plant Pathologist Kari Peter met with Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance (YGA) members for hands-on scouting and discussion of apple scab. Here are the key points she shared.
As a general rule, vegetable crops require 1 - 1.5 acre-inches of water per week. Penn State's Elsa Sanchez and Bill Lamont explain how to determine how long to run your drip irrigation system to meet this need.
Each farm business is different. Before you jump in, take a few minutes to define your goals.
An overview of weed management at Quiet Creek CSA, Kutztown PA.
An overview of soil health and management at Eckerton Hill Farm, Lenhartsville PA.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
An overview of soil health and management at Liberty Gardens, Coopersburg PA.
Crowdfunding captures the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit-that anything is possible. The size and scope of the projects on crowdfunding sites are awe inspiring. In 2012, the JOBS –Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the Obama Administration. This Act eliminated certain restrictions on how new startup businesses could be funded. Since 2012, crowdfunding has become a term that many people are familiar with, but may not have direct experience with.
Both early blight and Septoria leaf spot are now a common sight in PA tomato fields thanks in part to the frequent rain events and persistent high relative humidity.
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? When buying livestock, there are a number of things you should consider before you make the commitment to purchase. Here are a few things to take a closer look at.
Plant, weed, hoe, cultivate, water, plant, fertilize, water . . . No time to stop and take a close look for pests and diseases? Take a few minutes. It could save your crop.
For a crop that may fruit for fifty years under the right care, it is critical to get blueberry plants off to a strong, healthy start.
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. In recent years there has been more interest in these types of systems. Grazing livestock in wooded areas was once very common in the northeastern U. S.
Three species cause ‘wormy’ corn: the European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm. Insect traps baited with sex pheromones help time management options.
Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are: poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens/ parasites, and poor quality genetic stock. Here we will consider recent research results describing how pesticides might affect pollinators.