Dauphin County News
December 4, 2013One of our nicest winter holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery. Evergreens such as cedar, ivy, pine and holly add a natural look and fresh fragrance to our homes; for many, they represent life everlasting and the coming renewal of spring. Your own landscape is a great place to look for holiday greenery. You may have a variety of materials unavailable at a store, and what you gather will be much fresher. Just remember that you are actually pruning the plants as you gather greenery, so consider carefully which branches you can trim to preserve the natural form of the tree or shrub.
December 4, 2013It’s time to choose the perfect fresh Christmas tree for the holidays. Penn State experts recommend checking the tree carefully before purchasing and taking good care of it after you get it home. The most popular species today are Fraser fir and Douglas fir, and with good reason. Both offer dark green color, needles soft to the touch, that classic “Christmas tree” fragrance, attractive shape, sturdy branches, and excellent needle retention. A tree that holds its needles well means less of a mess in the living room. There are also other varieties of Christmas trees offering different characteristics available at both “choose and cut” tree farms and ready-cut lots.
December 2, 2013Most livestock producers would prefer to spread manure on their fields in spring and summer when the crops are going to get the most use out of it. However, there are circumstances when manure has to be applied in the winter, such as wet fall weather that kept field conditions unsuitable for manure application and the lack of a large enough storage structure to hold the manure until spring. Because of this, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual has defined winter application guidelines.
Penn State Extension News
Penn State, Cornell partner on vegetable, small-fruit programs
December 3, 2013Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly, Web-based seminars that will kick off Dec. 18. Presented by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the webinars will provide timely updates in vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York and surrounding states.
Webinar to focus on implementing land use and other plans
November 8, 2013Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal, community and organizational officials implement strategic, land-use and comprehensive plans.
Project helps African youth become haymaking entrepreneurs
October 29, 2013A project spearheaded by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Uganda's Makarere University is helping African youths establish businesses and generate income. And these young people, in turn, are providing services that can help farmers improve dairy nutrition and increase milk production.
Upcoming Regional Events
Professional Pest Managers School
When: December 9, 2013Where: Carlisle, PA
Better Kid Care: Taking a Positive Approach to Difficult Behaviors
When: December 9, 2013Where: Dauphin, PA
Christiana Grain Marketing Discussion Group
When: December 11, 2013Where: Gap, PA
When: December 12, 2013Where: Mifflintown, PA
Carlisle Grain Marketing Discussion Group
When: December 12, 2013Where: Carlisle, PA