Penn State Extension has nine educational meetings planned this winter for tree fruit growers throughout Pennsylvania. The meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information.
Last season, we at Penn State Extension started getting calls about Impatiens losing their leaves and collapsing long before frost. The best calls were requests for bunny rabbit control as gardeners thought that rabbits had eaten all of their Impatiens’ leaves. It turns out that we have a new disease, Impatiens Downy mildew, that specifically hits what most of us know as the “Common Garden Impatien.”
Penn State Extension will be offering Strong Women in several locations this winter and spring. 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 all ages. The program was developed to help women and men 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 this program. Participants may want to provide their own hand weights and ankle weights.
Registration is now open for an upcoming All-Day Blueberry School. This school will cover blueberry production from A to Z in one intensive day. Topics to be covered include basics on blueberry plant requirements and establishment; irrigation; fertility; varieties; disease, insect, and weed management; bird control; economics; and marketing pointers.
We are now in the heart of the winter season and while many in the farming community are looking forward to springtime and the warmer weather, we must ask ourselves “are we fully prepared for what lies ahead of us in 2013?”
Unsuspecting woodland owners selling timber often fall victim to the practice of "high-grading" or cutting the best trees and leaving the rest. Where this practice has occurred, there generally has been a decline on long term forest health and productivity. How can woodlands impacted by this practice be restored? On Thursday, February 14th at the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting, Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, will speak on the “Restoration of High Grade Forests in Pennsylvania.”
A workshop for young, new and minority farmers to gain insight into ag loans and business management. Guest speaker is Clark Seavert, Oregon State University Agricultural Economics Professor.
How to get involved in local government.
What do you do with a 1,000 pounds of excess butter? The dairy masterpiece will be smushed into manure & other organic waste.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention, held January 29 to 31 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities - all designed to enable fruit, vegetable and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. About 2,200 persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather each year at Hershey for the Convention. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers and allied industry personnel.
The Penn State Agronomy Guide is designed for easy reading and quick reference.
It seems that we are experiencing more unusually warm periods during mid- and late-winter, so trees may be more susceptible than in the past to moderately low winter temperatures. Lessons from years in which there was a sudden drop in temperature indicate that trees most injured were those that lacked adequate vigor, those that were too vigorous, and those that had been pruned before the cold event.
Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but a group of Pennsylvania’s youth is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life. Eight teams of FFA and 4-H students from throughout the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held at the 2013 PA Farm Show on Wednesday, January 9.
Is it possible for you to interact with Penn State Extension Specialists and Industry Representatives all in the same place for only a $10 registration fee? Well, the answer is “yes”! Franklin County is one of 11 sites across the state that is holding a Penn State Extension “Crops and Pesticides: One-Day Seminar”. This seminar will be held on January 31st and it is open to everyone- you do not have to farm in Franklin County in order to attend.
Short on pesticide recertification credits? No snow to plow? Why not attend the Penn State Extension Winter Turf & Ornamentals School at the Grantville Holiday Inn on Monday, January 28, 2013. This all day program covers a wide variety of ornamental plant and turfgrass issues. Eight out of the ten sessions qualify for pesticide recertification credits. Registration fee includes lunch. For more information, contact Tim Abbey at 717.840.7408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harrisburg – Mifflinburg FFA and Cumberland County Team A won their respective brackets at the Farm Safety Quiz Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
This is her 4th Farm Show steer!
Winter manure application is probably the most sensitive nutrient management issue that farmers face.
You can earn pesticide, nutrient management, and certified crop adviser credits and gain knowledge of key current crop management issues.
Theme for the 2013 show is 'Made in Pa.; It makes a difference'