Midstate crops from sweet corn to soybeans are recovering from the first round of attacks by a tiny worm with a big appetite. An infestation of armyworms, 1½-inch-long critters that move across fields in armylike fashion, has devoured crops and left devastation in its wake.
With warm summer weather comes more outdoor activities, and the possibility of running into stinging insects like yellowjackets. Yellowjackets are actually a type of wasp that are often mistaken for bees. They can be quite aggressive,especially when their nest is disturbed, and unlike bees, they can sting more than once.
(Camp Hill) – Key changes to regulations affecting the operation of farm trucks shepherded by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) have been included in legislation signed by President Obama that reauthorizes federal highway and transportation funding through 2014.
When trying to lose or maintain weight, most people will decide a certain number of calories they will eat each day to reach their goal. Does it matter how much of these calories come from fat, protein, or carbohydrates? If 1600 calories daily is the amount you need to lose weight, should you lose the same amount of weight no matter what kind of diet you are on? This article will answer these questions and describe the results of a recent study published on this topic.
Q: The leaves on my tomato plant are curling upward. I’ve never seen this before. What’s happening to my plant?
A resurgence in the tick population in Pennsylvania is resulting in an increased number of tick bites and Lyme disease cases.
Temperatures are soaring in many parts of the country, it's important to remember how crucial water is to keeping horses healthy. Always ensure your horses have access to fresh, clean water at an appropriate temperature, and ensure they're drinking the fluids provided.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beginner and experienced beekeepers and those thinking about taking up backyard beekeeping can get the information they need to be successful from Beekeeping 101, a new online beekeeping course offered by Penn State Extension.
‘The Bride’ pearlbush has been around in the nursery industry for several decades, but it is not utilized as often as other spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, azalea, spirea, and deutzia.
Farmers in 21 Pennsylvania counties are eligible for aid, mostly emergency low-interest loans, to cover losses from this spring’s unusual weather.
When it comes to maintaining summer lawns, a little laziness is a good thing. “The spring recipe for lawn care is to fertilize, mow up to twice a week and treat for weeds, but you should back off on all those practices during the summer,” says Pete Landschoot, turfgrass specialist for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania farmers are reminded to report crop damage to their crop insurance agent and local Farm Service Agency office within 72 hours of discovery. ''Farmers are already seeing widespread crop damage from armyworms and late blight,'' said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. ''Help ensure you get the most out of your crop insurance policy by reporting damage to your crop insurance agent immediately.''
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers and homeowners should remain aware of possible armyworm infestations that could continue to appear within the next week in hay pastures, grain fields and lawns near agricultural fields.
June 25, 2012. Brown rot is a major disease of stone fruits and warm, humid weather favors brown rot infection. Two species of fungi are responsible for brown rots: Monilinia fructicola and Monilinia laxa which can infect blossoms and cause brown rot on fruit. M. fructicola is the specie that is known and widespread in Pennsylvania orchards. M. laxa is suspected of causing blossom blight early in the season but has not yet been identified in PA orchards.
Poison hemlock has exploded over the last several years, particularly along roadsides but it can also be found in pastures and along field edges. Much of it is now blooming, so everyone is noticing the large plants with white blossoms. Poison hemlock is native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia and was introduced to North America as an ornamental garden plant. It is infamous as a poisonous plant and hemlock tea reportedly killed the Greek philosopher Socrates in 399 BC. The plant contains a number of closely related pyridine alkaloids with the main one being coniine, a colorless, volatile and strongly alkaline oil. All parts of the plant are poisonous and some studies have shown toxicosis at 0.25% fresh wt (of the animal’s weight) for horses and 0.5% for cattle. That would be 2.5 to 5 lb of material per 1000 lb animal. Mature seeds are the most poisonous. The alkaloids are reportedly lost by slow drying or boiling, but we would not count on dry hay being OK. Poison hemlock is biennial, so those flowering plants will finish their lifecycle when they set seed. Biennials are more susceptible to control with herbicides in the first year of growth when they are rosettes, rather than now, near the end of their lifecycle. Mowing the plant in late flower should set it back and may even control it and prevent seed production in areas where mowing is possible.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board protected 2,389 additional acres on 28 farms from development through the state’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program.
Poor maintenance can reduce efficiency of ventilation systems by as much as 40 percent The ventilation system of your dairy consumes about 21% to 24% of the energy used on the dairy. This does not mean that you should shut off the fans for the summer, but it does mean you should be looking at the efficiency of those fans.
The recent tragic death of three Pennsylvanians at a Maryland manure storage should act as a reminder of the risks associated with all manure storages. Injuries and fatalities are commonly associated with confined space manure storages that are enclosed, such as beneath animal quarters, or belowground reception and pump out pits. However, these deaths occurred at a non-enclosed earthen dairy manure storage that was open to the atmosphere. For many of us these open-air storages are not thought of as confined spaces. It is important to realize that these storages still meet the definition of a confined space in terms of occupational safety and health. This is because the areas are not designed for normal worker/human occupation and often do not have means of egress. In a common storage situation, once you cross beyond the fence you are entering a confined space.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Heteroptera-Pentatomidae) continues to dominate the list of potentially most damaging insect pests in Pennsylvania fruit orchards. Since the pest explosion during the 2010 season, this invasive exotic pest dictates most insect pest management activities in Pennsylvania orchards.
Today late blight was confirmed in a commercial tomato field Blair County, PA and on both tomatoes and potatoes on the same commercial farm in Franklin County, PA. These are the first confirmed reports of late blight in Pennsylvania and on tomato in the region. There have also been several unconfirmed reports of late blight in commercial potato fields in central PA. We are in the process of confirming these reports.