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Insects are out in full force. Make sure you are scouting for Colorado Potato beetles in potatoes and eggplant and cucumber beetles in cumbers and squash.
As we move into hotter weather, cattle managers need to be thinking about heat stress in their stock and how it can be mitigated. It is better to do some planning ahead of time rather than reacting after a heat wave starts.
Due to the wide diversity of genus and species among cut flowers, managing weeds often requires different approaches depending on the specific weed, specific flower or woody stem, time of year and level of weed infestation.
Care for yourself and valued employees during times of potential heat stress. Personal safety and a job well-done are important considerations.
With the official start of summer a week away and temperatures beginning to heat up, it is very important for poultry producers to be mindful of the effects these warmer temperatures can have on their flocks.
As we head into muggy summer weather, the slug population is increasing. Let's discuss some tactics for keeping slugs out of your crop.
The benefits of crossbreeding systems in the beef sector have been extensively researched over the years, and the practical implications of the benefits of crossbreeding are as relevant and important today as they were 25 years ago. There are numerous benefits to a well-designed crossbreeding system.
If you raise livestock, you've more than likely heard of EPDs in cattle. EPD stands for Expected Progeny Differences. Cattle producers have depended on EPDs for years. Well, sheep producers now have a chance to generate a selection tool like this for sheep. The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is developing EBVs, or Estimated Breeding Values, in order to help sheep producers make better breeding decisions. To learn more about NSIP, visit their website by clicking on this article.
The past two years, pasture samples for nutritional analysis were taken on farms in the Northeast. We chose to measure the height and take a forage sample in the same paddock that the cows were rotating through. We returned to take the height and forage sample with each rotation. After the study was completed, it got me thinking and asking, why don’t more pasture managers take forage samples?
The Basket Weave or Florida Weave is a common way to stake field tomatoes. It works for both determinate and indeterminate tomatoes. Staking is important to reduce fruit rots, sunscald and foliar diseases.
Here we are in mid-May and most areas of the state have not had an opportunity to take off any hay. When the weather does turn favorable for haymaking, a primary objective of yours should be to produce the highest quality hay possible. An advantage to harvesting hay on your own farm is that you have opportunity to control forage quality. Here are some hay quality factors to consider:
Do you know what pests and diseases are a problem in your area? There are several online tools to help you monitor and keep up to date on the proximity and likelihood for pests and plant diseases. If you grow vegetables take a look to make sure you are receiving current information.
Choosing a legal structure for your business is a task that can feel overwhelming to a small farm or value-added business enterprise. This guide is meant to serve as an overview and a starting point for a conversation with your accountant and attorney. The end goal is to aid you in selecting a structure which shields the primary assets of the owner from any type of litigation potential or liability claim that may occur from business activities.
Penn State’s Ag Safety and Health Program has released a publication to assist those growers who find that they must train new and beginning tractor operators for their operation.
The top food trend of eating healthy is holding strong for 2014. The 2014 food trend buzzword of the moment is clean eating. It translates to eating fresh, nutritious food that is good for your body.
A new calculator is available to help livestock producers understand their cost per pound. Use this calculator to price your product so you make money.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Area Council developed the “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” to help reduce the confusion experienced by both farmers and employees participating in internship and apprenticeship opportunities.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Is farming right for me?” Are you currently working on a farm or have aspirations to start your own agriculture enterprise? Twenty-eight participants of Penn State’s “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” 2014 course discussed these questions and more during the four-session class lead by extension educator Tianna Dupont.
It seems like this winter will never end, but spring will be around the corner before we know it. When the weather finally does turn favorable for field work, we will all be busy catching up on many tasks around the farm. One thing that should not be neglected is a brush up on safety practices related to tractors and farm equipment.