Is your cover crop an assortment of winter annual weeds? Del Voight discusses getting a jump on your herbicide program with the pros, cons and recommendations of apply herbicides at this time of year
Bringing in the Next Generation. Penn State Extension, the Gettysburg Young Farmers and the Young Grower Alliance have teamed up to offer a workshop on how you can prepare yourself and your business for a transition to the next generation.
For new poultry owners, those interested in exploring a new venture or those interested in producing food for your family or for income from your property, to give prospective and beginning poultry raisers a general understanding of what it takes to have poultry. Penn State Extension of Lehigh County will host "Start Farming’s Small-Scale Poultry for Beginning Farmers" on March 14, 2013, 7 :00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office in Dauphin County, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018
Penn State Master Gardeners, Pat Welfley of Newport and Mindy Wenger of Carlisle, are my guest columnists for this week. Pat and Mindy evaluated annual flowering plants growing this season in the Penn State Master Gardeners’ Trial and Idea Garden, located at the corner of Claremont Road and Army Heritage Drive on the grounds of Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Carlisle. Mindy and Pat selected a mix of new-to-the-market and tried-and-true varieties for trialing and evaluation. Here is their report:
GOING MOBILE ... Penn State's Dairy Team's mobile app is now available for download
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers recently discovered the African fig fly in Pennsylvania for the first time, giving fruit growers across the state another invasive pest to be on the look out for.
No joke: 2013 is a municipal election year in Pennsylvania. You’ll be voting for township supervisors, borough and city council members, school district directors, and other local offices. The primary isn’t until May, and the general election won’t happen until next November, so why think about this now?
The 2012 Professional Pest Manager's School offers 40 category and 12 core credits that will help you keep up with changes in pesticide regulations, product information and your roles and responsibilities as a pesticide applicator. This program is adaptable to any individual working with pesticides.
New training modules are now available to help directors and staff in childcare centers better manage pests in their facilities. The development of these modules was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Children’s Health Protection.
Each year as children head back to school, find their friends, and play in close-knit groups, head lice also make their return and spread quickly.
Jason and Sherisa Nailor of Cumberland County were selected Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s recipients of the 2012 Young Farmer and Rancher “Excellence in Ag” Award during PFB’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Hershey.
Cumberland County Farmer Continues Processing Tradition
Winter workshops for commercial fruit growers have been scheduled for nine locations throughout the Commonwealth. Program highlights include: Fungicide Resistance Management Strategies for Apple Scab, Powdery Mildew and Brown Rot; The Impact of BMSB Management on IPM Systems in Fruit Orchards; Managing Perennial and Other Hard-to-Control Weeds in New and Established Pome and Stone Fruit Orchards; Adjusting Orchard Practices to Climate Changes; and Pesticide Applicator Training.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The discovery this fall of chronic wasting disease in two deer on a game farm in southeastern Pennsylvania has hunters concerned, but they shouldn't overreact, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America.
Help birds and wildlife find food during winter! The Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County are hosting a “Wildlife Tree Ornaments” workshop for youth on Saturday, November 17, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Cumberland County Extension office, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle.
Every season in the garden has something special to commend it to the gardener. Autumn is particularly rich in seasonal delights, both large and small. From mountainsides ablaze in color to woolly bear caterpillars, there is something at every turn to remind us of why we like to garden, even as the gardening season winds down. Herewith, two of my favorite fall things:
Heather earned a B.S. in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics also from Virginia Tech in 2011.
Diversification: more than a Buzz Word The idea of branching out and growing or raising more than one farm product is as old as farming itself. Farms are better able to weather what nature brings if they place their bets on a wider variety of products. Increasingly diversification includes agricultural tourism. This is a form of farm diversification present in all counties of Pennsylvania, especially in the south eastern portion of the state.
What began as an environmental studies project in 1999 at Dickinson College has evolved into a flourishing organic farm. From a handful of eager student gardeners, who began with a small garden plot on campus that grew into a half-acre plot, gradually the program grew as it attracted greater student interest, says Matt Steinman, assistant manager of production for the farm.