That's right...it's seeding time! As you finalize and receive your seed orders for this coming season, you may be wondering what preventative measures you can take to avoid some common disease issues this year. One tactic is to treat the seed of specific crops with a hot water bath to reduce the incidence of seed-borne pathogens.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an online technical briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, on February 18, 2016, from 1PM to 2:30PM (Eastern Standard Time). The webinar is intended to help inform the public about the results of the recently released preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid.
PA Farm Link is sponsoring two workshops designed to help Specialty Crop Beginning Farmers succeed in their farming endeavors. By attending one of these workshops, beginning farmers can learn of resources in their communities to help them with their farm operation plans as well as network with other farmers in their area.
If one of the biggest hurdles for legacy planning for those who wish to keep the land in their family is family communications, how do you take an understanding your hopes and intentions for your woodland and turn them into a statement of commitment and action?
Penn State's Crops and Soils Team will be hosting a number of events over the next couple of months that will be beneficial for farmers in their beginning and establishing years.
Growing culinary herbs can be a profitable niche market, but not much research has focused on growing culinary herbs on a commercial-scale in our area. Most of the information in this primer is from available research, as well as from Tony Ricci of Green Heron Farm in Three Springs, PA and Deb Brubaker, Jackie Swihart and Allison Glick of Village Acres Farm and Foodshed in Mifflintown, PA.
Penn State Extension is offering three webinar trainings designed for the beginning tree fruit grower who plans to grow tree fruit for sale. Commercial growers with limited experience will also find these trainings helpful. Participants will learn how to consistently grow quality fruit and avoid many of the problems that discourage new tree fruit growers.
Taxodium distichum, or baldcypress, is a deciduous conifer native to the saturated and seasonally flooded soils of the Southeastern and Gulf Coastal Plains.
Unconventional shale gas development benefitted from new technologies in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations. One key aspect of getting natural gas from these tight sources is the use of proppants. (more...)
For the second straight year, Penn State's Poultry Science Club was recognized as National Club of the Year. Senior Josh Cassar was named National Member of the Year.
The name Rube Goldberg has become synonymous with the building of crazy contraptions. How can this kind of wacky thinking inspire early childhood classroom experiences?
Penn State Extension’s Centre County Master Gardeners will host a Home Gardening School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Forest Resources Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The Home Gardening School will feature a full day of presentations for both beginning and experienced gardeners.
I have over 30 years experience in greenhouse production, and have used this wonderful manual for over twenty years. It has been a good friend in solving and managing the issues that I, and other greenhouse growers have faced.
Energy is essential to home, community, commercial and government operations, and any disruption in the flow of energy could lead to life or death situations. How energy deliveries are protected from unauthorized disruptions will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar focusing on the challenges of managing stormwater in communities.
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is hosting an agricultural tour of Costa Rica in January 2017
Leaf spotting fungi comprise a wide range of plant disease pathogens that do injury to many host plants.
For Pennsylvanians watching the lead contamination problem in Flint, Michigan, and wondering whether their drinking water is safe, one water-resources specialist at Penn State University says residents with private wells, especially, should consider having their water tested.
Let's forget about the climate for a minute. Largely hidden from public view, another global change is causing increasing disruption. Residues of medicines in water can kill aquatic animals and play havoc with their food web and reproductive cycle. An international team of researchers makes an urgent case for better wastewater treatment and biodegradable pharmaceuticals.
Researchers have found clear evidence that communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species, once complicating factors are removed.