It’s time to choose the perfect fresh Christmas tree for the holidays. Penn State experts recommend checking the tree carefully before purchasing and taking good care of it after you get it home. The most popular species today are Fraser fir and Douglas fir, and with good reason. Both offer dark green color, needles soft to the touch, that classic “Christmas tree” fragrance, attractive shape, sturdy branches, and excellent needle retention. A tree that holds its needles well means less of a mess in the living room. There are also other varieties of Christmas trees offering different characteristics available at both “choose and cut” tree farms and ready-cut lots.
One of our nicest winter holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery. Evergreens such as cedar, ivy, pine and holly add a natural look and fresh fragrance to our homes; for many, they represent life everlasting and the coming renewal of spring. Your own landscape is a great place to look for holiday greenery. You may have a variety of materials unavailable at a store, and what you gather will be much fresher. Just remember that you are actually pruning the plants as you gather greenery, so consider carefully which branches you can trim to preserve the natural form of the tree or shrub.
Most livestock producers would prefer to spread manure on their fields in spring and summer when the crops are going to get the most use out of it. However, there are circumstances when manure has to be applied in the winter, such as wet fall weather that kept field conditions unsuitable for manure application and the lack of a large enough storage structure to hold the manure until spring.
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania– Penn State Extension celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Master Gardener program in Cumberland County Thursday night at their annual meeting. Master Gardeners from Cumberland and Perry counties as well as volunteers and partners in the cooperative extension program attended this annual event held at the Whispering Pines Banquet Hall in Carlisle. Highlights of the night included recognition of this year’s A.A. Raudabaugh award winners for service to Penn State Extension and 2013 National 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Duane Duncan and his wife, Donna. The evening was capped off by speaker, Jim McCormac, who captivated the audience with his speech on the importance of caterpillars in conservation.
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in the United States. Of those, 63,000 are in Pennsylvania and 1,550 are in Cumberland County.
Dining with Diabetes is a program offered by Penn State Extension. It will help you to understand the important numbers for diabetes management, planning healthy meals, healthy food preparation and physical activity. This class meets for 5 weeks with a 6th class 3 months later. If you have been told you have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, this class is for you!
What soybean farmer isn't looking for tips for improving profitability? One place to look is at a course offered on December 13, at the Hampton Inn in Shrewsbury. The workshop begins at 9:00am, includes lunch and concludes by 2:00pm.
Ag honors Duane Duncans' 55 years of service culminate in hall of fame induction.
Make the most of your county’s Penn State Extension Office, from help with soil tests to participating in on-farm research.
Old is New...Act 106 changed the rules for vendors across the commonwealth
State issues such as transportation funding, the pension shortfall and property tax reform are all linked to farmers in some way, according to a lobbyist for the industry. Joel Rotz, senior state director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, told fellow farmers at a recent breakfast hosted by state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, that funding transportation and pensions takes state money away from agriculture.
Ready to stay up all night and have tons of fun?! This year’s annual 4-H Lock-In will be held at Cumberland County Extension Office on Friday and Saturday, October 25-26. The Teen Leadership Council is planning lots of fun activities, games, and crafts for everyone!
Tragic Accident: 17-year-old boy died Wednesday harvesting corn in Lebanon County.
Nationwide, an average 16 people die each year in grain bin tragedies.
Agency to drop rule that hunters in two DMAs register their harvests.
Corn and soybeans are starting to shows signs of stress with little rain.
Penn State Extension is offering its interactive, informative, and low-cost series of classes on diabetes, beginning in October. “Dining with Diabetes: A Program for Adults with Diabetes and their Families,” is designed to teach those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes how to manage their condition. The set of 6 classes are offered in a social and interactive setting. A new attraction of the classes is that the series is offered without charge for Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. For others, the total cost for the first 6 classes is $40 for an individual or $55 for a family of two. The fee includes all educational materials, lab tests and foods served, with scholarships available, based on financial need.
Professionals know how important it is to be careful when using pesticides. We all strive to use the least toxic, effective option, read the label and follow the directions, calibrate, measure carefully and wear the required personal protective equipment.
Bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) seem to be making pests of themselves across the Commonwealth. Extension educators across the state have been seeing considerable damage from this native insect.