If you currently grow soybeans, work with soybeans or are thinking about trying to fit soybeans into your crop rotation, this hands-on workshop is for you! Even though you are very busy this time of year, in order for the workshop to be hands-on, we have to hold it while the crops are growing in the field. This workshop, being held Thursday, August 8, is organized by Penn State Extension and funded by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board, so there is no charge for this workshop. However, in order to get an accurate count for lunch, it is necessary to call Penn State Extension- Franklin County at (717) 263-9226 to register.
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.
Join Penn State in the heart of Lancaster County’s rich farmland for the 8th annual Summer Garden Experience on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Held at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located at 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, seven miles northwest of Lancaster, this fun-filled event packs a lot of gardening ideas and information into a few short hours. Admission is covered with a $10.00 per vehicle parking fee, and pre-registration is not required.
Native plants – you’ve heard of them, but do you know what they are? Do you know which plants are native, which are non-native, and which are invasive, and why it matters
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.
What: A bus tour of twelve premiere retail farm markets -- with plenty of ideas, education, food and fun for all. This year we are exploring what northern New Jersey and Connecticut have to offer. These farm markets are major providers of fruits, berries, vegetables, prepared foods and agri-tourism.
On Saturday, July 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Penn State Master Gardeners will host a free garden program at their Trial & Idea Garden, located on the grounds of Claremont Nursing & Rehab Center at the corner of Army Heritage Drive and Claremont Road in Middlesex Township.
Penn State Extension and Ag Partners announce the Experience Cumberland County Agriculture Farm Tours will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013. A kickoff event and welcome ceremony will start at 9 a.m. at Stover’s Dairy Farm on Horners Road in Carlisle. The free, self-guided tours will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Five local farms are showcased in this family-friendly event: Stover’s Dairy Farm, Paulus Orchards, Dickinson College Farm, Lil Ponderosa Beef Farm and Venture Valley Goat and Sheep Farm.
Recently I’ve been seeing samples or getting phone calls about some garden pests that are showing up not just in Cumberland County but across the state. The humid and rainy weather, combined with the moderate temperatures of the past few weeks, seems to exacerbate the appearance of garden pests – disease, insect, or weed. Caveat hortus – gardener, beware!
Black walnut trees have been a part of our natural landscapes forever. This native tree grows along streams in moist, rich soils, and sunny locations. They do not tolerate dry sites, often dropping leaves at the first sign of drought. They have a nice canopy, potentially reaching 100’ in height. They provide light shade and yellow fall color. These trees are very valuable, not only for the lumber it provides – often coveted by woodworkers – but also for the necessary food source it provides for our wildlife. There are problems that threaten our native black walnut. A disease - thousand canker disease – has been introduced to Pennsylvania in Bucks County (southeast PA, near Philadelphia). As a result, a quarantine was directed that no firewood, lumber, nursery stock, or scions can be transported outside county lines. This has been a disease thought to be limited to the western part of the country, but is now here as well. “The disease poses a significant threat to the state's $25 billion hardwoods industry. Black walnut trees, which make up less than half of one percent of hardwood trees in Pennsylvania, produce high-valued lumber used in woodworking and furniture-making. The nuts of the trees are consumed by humans and wildlife.” http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/ Symptoms of this disease include yellowing leaves, reduced leaf cover, and flagging of branches and eventually death.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — At one Pennsylvania grocery store chain, customers will know their neighbors supplied the store brand of milk.
Well-chosen shade and small flowering trees can greatly enhance the appearance of your home and property. Trees provide shade to cool the environment and screening for privacy. Their beauty can frame the home setting or a view and offer accent points with flowers or seasonal color. Trees are a long-term landscape investment, so it pays to prepare carefully and purchase the best tree every time.
Summer covers can add organic matter and nitrogen to soil, provide food for beneficial soil organisms, and help reduce weeds in subsequent cash crops. Keep the soil covered!
As a Pennsylvania grower of fresh vegetables and fruits, you have worked hard to learn about and adopt GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) on your farm and in your packing house. Now that we are moving into peak marketing season, remember those farm food safety concepts when selling your produce at farm and farmers markets. Food safety practices that extend from farm to fork can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
HARRISBURG, PA (June 4, 2013) –This spring and summer, soybean farmers from throughout Pennsylvania will open their farms to share best practices with other growers in Soybean Field Workshops, conducted by Penn State Extension educators and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board. The workshops, which are offered FREE to current and potential soybean growers, will be held at ten locations throughout the state.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team has scheduled five “Tools for Teams” webinars designed for members of dairy advisory teams to provide in-depth information on using whole farm and management tools to achieve maximum profitability.
I am waiting for spring to arrive in Happy Valley. April has been a very cool month and from the cow’s perspective probably very refreshing. We finally transitioned from the bag corn silage to the bunk. Both the bunk and total mixed ration (TMR) were sent out for analyses. We had an in-service training scheduled for our Extension Dairy Team and Travis Edwards (assistant manager) and I were conducting a workshop on how to visually appraise forages and interpret analyses reports. So the timing was perfect to send samples out to check the corn silage and TMR, both for the herd and for the educational opportunity.
Pennsylvania is one of several states allowing the sale of raw milk for human consumption. Raw milk is simply milk that has not yet been pasteurized.