National Farm Safety Week is coming up, but think safety every day.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
Pennsylvania is now home to the newest state chapter of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP). The association is open to all current and retired extension employees working in the fields of environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife, and related disciplines.
Cover crops offer many benefits: they help protect soil from water and wind erosion, improve water infiltration, improve soil structure, help build soil organic matter content, they capture and recycle plant nutrients and can provide forage for your animals. Hear why leading no-till farmers use cover crops in this video.
We will be conducting Weed Resistance Workshops next week at four locations across the state. Pesticide and CCA credits available! The two local meetings are (1) Lancaster County Extension Office on March 18th (2) Ag Heritage Building, Chambersburg on March 19th. Preregister by March 13th. Programs will run from 9 to 12 noon and costs $20.
Greenhouse and crop producers across Pennsylvania use, on average, over 27 million gallons per day for irrigation. Over 15,000 acres of irrigation occurs in micro-irrigation systems commonly found in greenhouses. Unfortunately, the quality of these water supplies is often overlooked as a potential source of plant growth issues.
Penn State Extension and The Penn State Department of Plant Science are excited announce the latest all-day Strawberry School. This school covers everything you need to know about strawberry production in one intensive day. The school will take place March 17 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Penn State Extension Office at 670 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg. The early registration fee is $75 per person until March 12, 2015, then $95
Acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding urges producers to take immediate action to finalize their risk management plans for the growing season ahead of the approaching March 16 crop insurance deadline.
Low prices for commodity crops are never good for agricultural producers. But for small farmers, many of whom already depend on off-farm income, this is not a good scenario. Navigating this uncertain financial terrain is not for the faint of heart; fortunately, at-risk residents in rural communities have the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on their side to provide them with the information they need. Land-grant universities (LGU) provide research-based information through non-formal, non-credit to residents in their state.
If you are anxious, after a long winter, to get outside and start digging in your vegetable garden, then this is the gardening workshop for you. Join local garden guru George Weigel for Ready, Set, Grow! on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Carlisle, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free workshop on “Soil Health and Cover Crops” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
Irrigation water can save a crop during drought, and is necessary to grow crops in sheltered environments such as greenhouses and high tunnels. That water can come from a variety of sources and its chemistry can vary tremendously. This impacts the ease of operating an irrigation system, plant nutrition, whether fertilizers and pesticides are effective, and ultimately a farm’s productivity. Investments in water testing and treatment can pay off rapidly if growers have the data to make good irrigation management decisions.
The Professional Pest Manager's School offers category and core recertification credits that help you keep up with changes in regulations, product information, and your roles and responsibilities as a pesticide applicator.
Penn State Extension in Cumberland County is offering hands-on educational classes on nutrition through its Nutrition Links program. The program is designed to help families and individuals with low incomes stretch their food dollars to achieve a healthy diet. Nutrition Links staff teach families with young children, older adults and youth through a variety of program styles.
This winter the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team will be offering the Green Industry Winter Updates Series. The series will include three webinars and three workshops. Each of the two-hour long sessions will feature two speakers from the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team. The first speaker will deliver a one hour core topic (2 core re-certification credits) with practical information on using pesticides safely.
The College of Ag Sciences will be exhibiting at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country. Visit our exhibit to learn more about our academic programs, network with fellow alums, or catch an extension presentation.
Poinsettia plants have been grown and used as a holiday decoration for a considerable period of time.
The series will include three webinars and three workshops. Each of the two-hour long sessions will feature two speakers from the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team. The first speaker will deliver a one hour core topic (2 core re-certification credits) with practical information on using pesticides safely.
Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or no. The answer isn't simple, as there are a number of components to ripening, including color development, flavor and aroma development, and fruit softening.
In these workshops we will focus on the science and art of soil health – what is it, how is it measured, and finally, how can it be improved. Learn how healthy soils promote sustainable high yields.