Horticulture Educator Emelie Swackhamer is now based out of the Montgomery County Extension office. She will be working as part of the statewide green industry team, emphasizing integrated pest management and storm water management programming.
Smooth groundcherry (Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata) is a perennial plant.
Understanding insecticide modes of action may not be easy but following the IRAC MoA Classification for resistance management is as simple as rotating the numbers.
Luzerne County’s newest PROSPER expansion site is Wilkes-Barre Area’s Dodson Elementary.
A new presentation developed by Penn State’s Pesticide Education Program and Water Resources Educator Jim Clark has been used many times around the state this winter at meetings for core pesticide credits required by applicators needing to keep their pesticide license current.
Adaptation to new risks: A vital necessity for development policies - The current instability and unpredictability of the world water cycle is here to stay, making society's adaptation to new risks a vital necessity when formulating development policies, a UN expert warns. He says long-term water cycle stability 'won't return in the lifetime of anyone alive today.
Penn State Extension water resources educators conduct workshops on home drinking water supplies throughout Pennsylvania. Several recent workshops held in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Bucks Counties provided a two-hour educational program on the basics of groundwater, private water wells and springs, water testing, home water treatment, and septic system maintenance plus free water quality screening.
Research seeks to evaluate on-farm best management practices to prevent pathogens from entering streams. This source water protection strategy may represent a cost-effective, sustainable way to protect drinking water.
Urbanization in the Chesapeake Bay watershed has increased stream discharge, the frequency of flood-plain inundation, and the transport of nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediment to streams and, ultimately, to the bay. Understanding the effects of the abundance, composition, and location of vegetation on flood-plain functions such as nutrient cycling and sediment trapping can aid in the development of effective best management practices that help improve the quality of water entering the bay.
See what AgrAbility staff have been doing lately by reading the May 2016 edition of Field Notes.
Pasturing horses is the most economical and easiest way to feed.
5 mules that were under an Equine Herpes Virus 1 quarantine in Bedford County, PA have been released.
On April 27, 2016 PA Department of Agriculture released a rabies alert as a Mifflin County Pennsylvania Raccoon tested positive for Rabies.
Pennsylvania students in grades K–12 can participate in a digital photography contest to celebrate National Pet Week which runs from May 1-7, 2016.
Each year many horse owners have an Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or Coggins testing performed on their horse.
On May 18, 2016, Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) will award four $20,000 prizes to this year’s contest winners. (more...)
After a dry April, rain has crept into the forecast making conditions ideal for apple scab, fire blight, and cherry leaf spot. Other diseases to keep an eye for management are powdery mildew and bacterial spot. For those who had their stone fruit crop frozen out in April, disease management is still needed. Disease infection periods are being posted for regions in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
After an early beginning to the growing season that saw green tip stage reached on average about 18 days ahead of last year, the weather cooled off and for stations reporting full bloom as of the morning of April 30, they are only 11 to 12 days ahead of last year. Obviously frost damage to flowers and spur leaves will be a compounding factor in deciding whether and when to thin this year.
The spring weather, and its impact on the development of insects, continues to be a roller coaster ride. The Oriental fruit moth biofix (first sustained moth flights for the season) was established on April 12, the second earliest date on record.
Boron is one of the essential micronutrients for tree fruit. It helps in the fruit setting process by facilitating pollen development and subsequent pollen tube growth.