April is a great time to get a few things around the garden accomplished before the landscape returns to a mosaic of green.
Finding a happy medium between heating air inside the house while ventilating for desirable air quality can be difficult. However, appropriate ventilation is necessary to maintain healthy environmental conditions for broilers while keeping economic production in mind.
Because an increased fly population may lead to a health nuisance in and around the farm as well as in neighboring communities, it is extremely important for poultry producers to take action prior to facing possible threats of litigation.
September to November is when the adult Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) begin to search for overwintering sites.
Early fall is the best time of year for lawn care. It is time to fertilize, aerate, over seed, lime, and dethatch.
The grubs that were seen in the spring have since emerged as adult beetles between June and July. The adults have laid eggs in the soil, the eggs hatched, and the new grubs are feasting on the roots of your turf.
These insects are easily recognized in there later life stages by the cases, or bags, that the caterpillar forms to suspend itself from the plants on which it feeds.
Of course, the time and labor of weeding is something we all would prefer to pass up, but managing weeds in your vegetable plots can ensure greater production and less disease.
Having a detailed garden plan can greatly improve the success of growing vegetables.
Herb Gardens can be enjoyed both indoor and outdoor, and they require minimal amounts of space.
Plants that are not vigorously growing and are under stress may be particularly susceptible to insect and mite injury.
So you bought a tree and now want to take good care of it so it will last and keep its needles.
Winter workshops for commercial fruit growers have been scheduled for nine locations throughout the Commonwealth. Program highlights include: Fungicide Resistance Management Strategies for Apple Scab, Powdery Mildew and Brown Rot; The Impact of BMSB Management on IPM Systems in Fruit Orchards; Managing Perennial and Other Hard-to-Control Weeds in New and Established Pome and Stone Fruit Orchards; Adjusting Orchard Practices to Climate Changes; and Pesticide Applicator Training.
Sudangrass, forage sorghums and sorghum-sudangrass crosses (all in the genus Sorghum) contain a non-poisonous chemical called dhurrin. If these plants are damaged by freezing, chewing or trampling), the dhurrin is converted into prussic acid (cyanide) which is potentially very dangerous for animals eating these crops.
As our growing season for corn and soybeans begins to wind down, focusing on establishing another crop of winter small grains begins.
As the cooler, damp fall weather approaches, a second wave of those tiny dark spots on your house siding may start appearing.
This summer’s wide spread dry weather has created concern by many dairy producers related to the potential for short forage supplies next year.
John Tooker, Penn State Extension Entomologist reminds farmers Potato Leafhopper populations continue to be very high across the Pennsylvania. Growers are likely to be aware of this issue as ‘hopperburn’ is evident in many alfalfa fields.
The Pennsylvania 4-H Positive Youth Development Team recently developed a tip sheet, which includes 100 tips and snacks.
Potato and tomato growers should be aware of the symptoms and check their plants.