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Frost crevices on Ginger Gold. Photo: R. Crassweller
May 22, 2017

Today most sites were calling for thinner application at your standard rates.

May 22, 2017

When you turn on the kitchen faucet at home, you count on a couple of things: First, that the water will flow freely. And second, that it's going to be clean and safe for you and your family to drink.

Forested stream in winter Photo: Sandy Smith, Penn State Extension
May 22, 2017

What is nature worth? Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides?

May 22, 2017

In order to provide mandated protections to public drinking water, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposes to increase the number of inspectors who ensure safe drinking water is delivered from the state’s more than 8,500 public water systems to more than 10 million Pennsylvania residents. To fund the positions, DEP proposes a new annual fee and amendments to existing permit fees for public water systems. The proposed fee package will allow DEP to expand the existing drinking water staff complement by more than 50 percent and improve inspection rates of public water systems.

May 22, 2017

North America's freshwater lakes are getting saltier due to development and exposure to road salt. A study of 371 lakes published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that many Midwestern and Northeastern lakes are experiencing increasing chloride trends, with some 44% of lakes sampled in these regions undergoing long-term salinization.

May 22, 2017

Following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 19 counties have moved out of drought watch into normal status.

May 22, 2017

As our landscapes grow and develop, the health of our streams and rivers have been impaired. What we do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity (volume and velocity) and quality (pollutant levels) of the rainfall that enters our waterways; what many call stormwater.

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May 22, 2017

Unconventional natural gas well drilling permits in Pennsylvania hit an eight year-low in 2016, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) annual oil and gas report.

Penn State Thomas K Wood
May 22, 2017

An international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

Farm visitors enjoying a hayride through the farm at Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market. (Photo Credit: Julie Keene)
May 21, 2017

Agritourism is more than entertainment, it provides visitors a unique experience they can only get on a farm!

Conditions are favorable for fire blight spread: be alert! Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
May 19, 2017

Beware of fire blight and bacterial spot conditions! Ideal conditions have been present for bacterial diseases to be problematic. Growers are encouraged to scout for fire blight.

Codling moth injured apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
May 19, 2017

During a normal season in orchards with a pest pressure, the seasonal management of the codling moth (CM) larvae should be initiated at around 250 DD50 (Degree Days base 50F) after the biofix (April 25 in the Penn State FREC orchards).

Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
May 19, 2017

We finally experienced some warmer temperatures where the true PGR materials are more effective.

In-the-woods demonstrations of logging technology, such as this feller buncher, will be among the activities at Timber 2017, June 9-10.
May 18, 2017

Businesses and individuals interested in Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2017 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will take place Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

May 17, 2017

Near-record heat and Thursday showers will transition to more seasonable weather for the weekend.

May 17, 2017

Now that spring is upon us and pastures across the state have grown to an adequate height to begin grazing, it is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result.

May 17, 2017

With recent heavy rains, fields that have already been planted may be prone to soil crusting, which can reduce emergence, lower final stands and significantly impact crop yields.

Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State
May 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Mow! First cutting alfalfa is underway in many parts of the state. Every pass across the field reduces the amount of dry matter you end up with in a bale. How much are you leaving behind?

May 17, 2017

Do you Really know your seeding rate? Before you hit the field to plant soybeans, make sure your drill is calibrated.

May 17, 2017

There’s so much going on in wheat and barley right now. Join us in Lancaster County for the PSU Small Grain Field Day on June 8!