Attention all informal and formal educators who teach youth about water or want to teach youth about water! Dive Deeper is returning to Harrisburg, PA in September 2016 and you and your colleagues are invited.
Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) is a biennial that true to its name, having notable spines. This plant is much different than Canada thistle.
Before you bag up the leaves falling from your trees, consider their potential for your landscape.
A growing number of farms and greenhouses in Pennsylvania rely on irrigation for crop production. Sources of irrigation water include wells, springs, streams, ponds, runoff and municipal water. Penn State surveys of irrigation water sources have found that the majority have water quality characteristics that may be problematic for crops or irrigation equipment, most commonly high pH, alkalinity and hardness.
As the result of efforts by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s spotted lanternfly survey crews, cooperators (other agencies, Penn State Extension, and other organizations), and the general public, Sven Spichiger, Entomology Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) recently reported two new Pennsylvania counties and several new township detection records for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s time to begin making preparations if you haven’t already done so...
Healthy soil should be the objective of every farmer. But what is soil health and how can it be improved?
Deadheading is a gardening term that defines the process of removing faded or dead flowers from plants. Deadheading is a process of pruning by which old growth and seed heads are removed from the plant to promote new growth and re-flowering.
As the only female turfgrass science major at Penn State’s University Park campus, junior Devon Carroll is enjoying being a woman in what is considered a man's career field.
Andy Hirneisen recently joined the Food Safety & Quality Team with Penn State Extension.
Grapes have been grown by mankind for over eight thousand years...
Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
With the help of well-crafted advertising, disposable wet wipes—a product once used mainly for wiping baby bottoms—are now increasingly being used on adult bottoms. Although they are frequently labeled as “flushable,” the problems adult wet wipes have created for municipal sewer systems are well documented. Their increasing presence in sewers has created a major surge in clogged lines and sewage pumps for municipal wastewater utilities. The effect of flushed wipes on septic systems has received less attention but problems are also being widely reported.
Last year, more than 100,000 people committed to preparing and eating a healthy meal together on December 3. This year, we want to double our results and reach 200,000 commitments! You'll be able to track our progress by checking back to see the thermometer and following us on social media.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Since it’s early in the school year, it’s the perfect time to remind teachers, parents and students about preventing illness.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
In August, Liz Bosak started as the new Field and Forage Crops Educator for Dauphin and Perry Counties.
While some Pennsylvania gardeners still have several more weeks to enjoy the growing season, the higher elevations could experience a killing frost before the end of September. Therefore, it is time to prepare a checklist of tasks to put your garden to bed. As the gardening year winds down, begin by reassessing flower and vegetable beds before cleaning up, composting and putting away containers and tools.
In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.