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One of the best management tools in an integrated pest management program is using resistant varieties.
Equipment is expensive. But often it can pay for itself quickly if you get the right piece for your farm. We would like to share a few considerations and tips we have learned through a recent equipment demonstration at The Seed Farm New Farmer Training and Incubator Program in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, as well as from our wonderful farmer neighbors and a few good resources.
A new program designed to provide a helping hand for beginning farmers is set to debut in the coming year.
The New Farmer Training Program and Agricultural Incubator at The Seed Farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is now accepting applications for the 2013 season.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut has a number of workshops coming up for farmers, foodies, landscapers and gardeners. Please visit ctnofa.org for more information and registration. For the Organic Land Care events (the last two) please visit www.organiclandcare.net.
We’ve all heard that “education doesn’t end in the classroom,” and that statement could not be closer to the truth. We know how important education is and how it can help you land better jobs, increase your income, and reach your goals
Ever wish you could try a piece of equipment or a new hand tool before you made the purchase? Participants of the Equipment Field Day held on July 25 at the Seed Farm in Emmaus had an opportunity to do just that!
Cover crops have a host of benefits but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that. Secondly you need to plant it at the appropriate time so it has sufficient time to do what it is supposed to do. Cover crops are just like cash crops, they respond well to moderate to high fertility; a field that has low fertility will have a marginal cover crop growth as well. Fields with a manure history are excellent for cover crops.
Finding the right farm property can be a daunting task for a beginning farmer. Landowners looking for someone to lease or purchase their property are also looking for the correct person to take over the land. That’s why Pennsylvania Farm Link has unveiled a new website at www.pafarmlink.org that allows people to enter the Farm Link database online.
The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce a new " On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide". Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale, this guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat. While the publication is written for those in New York, much of the information is applicable in Pennsylvania.
In dry weather like this it is important to irrigate sufficiently if you can. Vegetable crops need an inch to an inch and a half of water per week. So how much is an inch of water? One acre inch of water is 27,154 gallons!
Late summer and early fall is an excellent time to renovate and restore pastures. Often people think a pasture must be totally renovated or made “new” to be productive, when actually they can use restoration techniques. This article addresses the differences between the two management approaches to ultimately have good productive pastures for animals.
Honey bees are in the news almost every week. A condition known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has drawn attention to honey bees like never before. 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.
Dr. Kathy Soder, animal scientist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service also known as the Pasture Lab located on Penn State’s campus, joined livestock grazers and aspiring grazers from the Lehigh Valley at the first grazers roundtable. Dr. Soder introduced why grazers opt for the low input system, and ways to be more efficient. Overall, grazers succeed by decreasing input and stored feeds, and increasing forage quality.
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.
If you rely on a backpack sprayer, whether using organic products such as copper or synthetics it is important to choose the right sprayer, calibrate, measure correctly and use the right nozzles. Rutgers has a new set of online videos to help you with this process.
Kingbird Farm is a diversified organic livestock, storage crop, and herb farm in New York State. Managed by Karma Glos and her husband, the 80 acre farm has about 20 acres of pasture. The couple raises about 300 broilers, 300 laying hens, 50 turkeys, a herd of Scottish Highland cattle producing 5-6 steers per year for freezer beef, 6 horses, and registered Tamworth pigs. Four production videos are available from the Cornell Small Farms Program outlining their farm practices and how they grew their farm to the success it is today.
Two keynote speakers; 200+ Workshops; 100+ Exhibitors and Vendors; a Children's Conference, a Teen Conference, Saturday Country Fair, Live Entertainment, Teacup Raffle, an ALL-LOCAL dinner. Stay on campus in the dorms or camp in a tent under the stars.
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.
Forty aspiring grape growers filled the room at this week’s intensive new grape grower workshop. Read on for tips and start-up realities from Penn State Extension’s Mark Chien and Texas Agrilife Extension’s Fritz Westover.