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.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
“Blight” is a very general term to plant disease experts, because there are many kinds of blight diseases that attack different plant species.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Hardy succulents are a delight to those who consider themselves to have a black thumb.
So what are the effects of over fertilizing? To make a complicated answer simple, it physically and chemically changes the soil in ways that inhibit optimum plant growth. There will be an accumulation of salts, a saturation of organic matter, nutrients being unavailable to plants, and a pH too high or too low.
Seeds that are directly sowed in the natural environment will always look like hardy plants, but when you want to get a head start in the spring with plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and many annuals; trying to replicate natural conditions requires a few variables.
For those readers who are unfamiliar with Hellebore (common name for Helleborus), these lovely plants are one of the first to bloom and can be purchased in an array of colors from white to deep purple which look almost black.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The European Hornet is in the same family as the yellowjackets native to Pennsylvania, which includes the bald-faced hornet we see making those basketball size paper nests hanging from tree limbs.
Fall plantings can be very successful as long as you do not wait until late fall.
It may sound uncommon, but you can grow great vegetables in containers as well. There are good reasons to try it if you have limited garden space, or it could simply be a decorative conversation piece with multiple uses.
Heat stress in poultry typically begins when the ambient temperature climbs above 80 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes very apparent at temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
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.