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.
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.
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.
Washing fruits and vegetables is a must as they are grown near the ground where animals, insects and even birds may contaminate the produce. Do food safety experts recommend washing any raw meat before cooking? No, do not wash raw meat before cooking.
Have you noticed how many tall perennials bloom with yellow, daisy-like flowers from mid-summer through fall in fields and gardens in this area? There are a lot of them. They are all U.S. natives, all members of the Aster or daisy family (Asteraceae), and all attract hordes of pollinating bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, as well as birds when seeds ripen.
A Franklin County raw milk producer has been cleared to resume sales. The state had ordered The Family Cow to halt sales on Aug. 5 after two people who had consumed raw milk from the farm near Chambersburg were sickened by Campylobacter, a gastrointestinal illness that usually clears up without medical care.
Rock Springs, PA. Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but the next generation of agricultural producers is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life. Five teams of 4-H youth from throughout the commonwealth displayed a wealth of knowledge during the Pennsylvania State University Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, held at the 2013 Ag Progress Days on Wednesday, August 14.
Most everyone enjoys fresh flower arrangements in the home, where their colorful beauty adds a delightful touch to any room. Purchased bouquets can add up to quite an expense, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy flowers. If you have a garden, you can easily grow your own cutting flowers, but you can also find a plethora of plant material suitable for arrangements in perennial beds and shrub borders around your yard.
This program is for landscape architects, landscape designers, contractors, land planners, municipal officials, and other professionals in the landscape design and installation field.
Millipedes, often called “thousand-leggers,” have been showing up in homes around Cumberland County recently, most likely due to very dry or very wet soil conditions. These wormlike arthropods are common throughout Pennsylvania, and most of the time, they live unnoticed; but occasionally, they may crawl into homes in great numbers, causing alarm and annoyance. Fortunately, they cause no damage, other than being a nuisance, and they don’t live long indoors.
HARRISBURG — Three farms received the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award for their efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The awards ceremony was held during the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts’, Inc. (PACD) annual conference on July 15. Recognition is given annually to those farmers who are environmentally conscious in the management of their farm operations and who also exhibit an understanding of the roles we all play in protecting the commonwealth’s waterways.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — As Pennsylvania soybean producers scout their fields this summer, one new pest they should be on the lookout for is the kudzu bug, an exotic stink bug-like pest that is headed toward the state, says Dr. John Tooker at Penn State. “It is much smaller and has an odder shape than your typical stink bug,” says Tooker. Tooker requests that if growers find evidence of the kudzu bugs in their fields, they report their findings to their local Penn State Extension office. This invasive stink bug-like pest, also known as the bean plataspid, was first discovered on kudzu in the vicinity of Atlanta, Georgia, during the fall of 2009.
As certain as the heat and humidity of summer are the questions about tomato problems. So far, I have not seen tomato late blight, although it has been reported in a few areas of the mid-Atlantic region, but blossom end rot and tomato leaf roll have made their annual appearance in home gardens.