“Brown and furry, caterpillar in a hurry….” Why does the woolly bear cross the road? To get to the other side! Woolly bear caterpillars are a familiar and friendly sight in autumn, as they cross roads and sidewalks on sunny days, searching for that perfect spot under bark or in a log or rock cavity to hibernate for winter.
Youth Water Educators from around the Mid-Atlantic Region gathered together in Harrisburg, PA for a day of learning, networking, and sharing resources. The Dive Deeper Summit, hosted by Penn State Extension on September 27, 2012, was the first of its kind for most participants. A total of 83 educators from a wide variety of backgrounds (conservation districts, cooperative extension offices, schools, nature centers, government agencies, scouting organizations, and more) all reported that they were motivated to use ideas from the summit in their educational programming in the next 12 months.
Autumn is a favorite time of year for many who enjoy the blaze of bright foliage against the backdrop of crisp blue skies. The eastern United States is one of the best places in the world for autumn color. But do you know why this region is prime fall foliage territory?
Are you already using QuickBooks®? Would you like to take your use to the next level? Then THIS IS A WORKSHOP FOR YOU! Join us for one or more of the workshops in this series to learn about reports and extracting data from QuickBooks® to make managing in tighter profit margins a little easier. This is a hands on workshop, using a computer lab, so you can follow along with a demonstration farm using QuickBooks®.
Carefully inspect turf or landscape beds to look for seedling emergence. Look out for those seedlings that have already started germinating. Remember way back in March and April when lawns and landscapes were inundated with winter annual weeds? This is your reminder to manage for them this fall.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season in the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
Perennials that bloom in the fall add vivid color to the garden at a time when it is pleasant to get out into the garden again, as milder temperatures and clear blue skies herald the turn of the seasons from summer to autumn.
Country's largest dairy show set to begin Saturday HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is a flurry of activity as organizers prepare for what has been billed as the largest national dairy show in the country. Dairy cattle will begin arriving Thursday to prepare for the weekend shows.
Combine owners have invested heavily in the purchase, maintenance and storage of this important piece of farm machinery. And since a combine fire can result in a significant financial loss, owners should be constantly monitoring the machine for timely maintenance functions that can reduce the risk of a costly fire.
Penn State has partnered with other land grant institutions to develop a new farm-safety section for a national agriculture website created by cooperative extension agents. The online resource covers critical agriculture safety questions, such as grain bin entrapments, cattle hauling, ATV safety and confined space hazards.
Pennsylvania Cattlemen Association’s Summer Field Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, hosted by Dan & Seth Snyder - Stone Ridge Manor, 654 Cold Spring Rd., Gettysburg PA. The Snyder’s of Stone Ridge Manor are registered Hereford cattle breeders and participate in Total Herd Reporting as well as utilizing ultrasound for carcass data. Through the use of these valuable tools, combined with consistent use of proven genetics, emphasizing calving ease, feed efficiency, desirable yields and grade quality, they are constantly moving forward to meet the needs of today's cattleman. Farm highlights include an annual fall sale, selling Hereford bulls to a multi-state customer base. Preview the bulls during the field day.
Is it a bagworm or a webworm? This summer, both of these native moths seem very prevalent. The one to worry about is the bagworm, which can cause serious damage to conifers; the fall webworm is more of a nuisance than harmful, causing little damage to trees.
This fungal disease is a fairly new problem which has cropped up on garden impatiens this summer, causing almost complete defoliation of plants, leaving just bare stalks as a reminder of what was once a beautiful plant.
What started with growing crops and raising animals for production and meat has now evolved into a wide variety of activities and programs for youth enthusiasts. 4-H was started with projects such as corn planting and raising livestock but now 4-H has more to offer; teaching personal skills while achieving career success. The Cumberland County 4-H program offers involvement for any interest, and provides personal achievement for youth in our community.
When we think of color in the garden, we usually picture the bright colors of flowers – yellow, pink, red, blue, purple, white, and orange. But the predominant color in any garden or landscape, and the one that tends to get overlooked because of its ubiquity, is the green of foliage.
Penn State Extension will be offering Strong Women in several locations this fall. This strength training program is geared for middle-aged to older women and men and is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of people of all ages. The program was developed to help women increase their strength, bone density, balance and energy and help them look and feel better. Participants meet two times a week for one hour sessions and there is a fee to participate in the program. Participants may want to provide their own hand and ankle weights.
MOUNT JOY -- How do you find time to travel, or visit with people, when you are managing the nonstop demands of a dairy farm? This was the dilemma in 1959 for a young Eileen Benner, who had just moved with her husband, Galen, to farm in Mt. Joy, Pa., down the road from where she grew up. Initially, Galen had farmed steers and the couple grew tomatoes on the 130-acre farm. Eileen's two brothers also farmed nearby. But by 1965, Galen had switched to dairy farming with about 50 cows. Eileen had helped with the farming up until the dairy started, at which time she decided to focus on the house and raising children.
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's Ag Progress Days will once again show the many faces of agriculture, bringing together people with a wide range of perspectives on the production of food, fuel and fiber. This year's expo will feature several new or special attractions: A renewable energy showcase, a new crops, soils and conservation building, a special focus on the 4-H robotics program, a pollinator garden and a special hands-on science of reproduction exihibit. Popular features returning to Ag Progress Days include learning about careers in agriculture and related fields, a Marcellus Shale center, information from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation, research and conservation tours, children and famimly activities, machinery and equipment demonstrations, the equine experience and farm safety demonstrations.
If you want proof for how the emerald ash borer can leap across the landscape, check out the latest map from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.