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June 27, 2017

Greater social and emotional competence can increase academic achievement, high school graduation, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship.

The African Sunset petunia is one of the genetically engineered varieties that the USDA is asking breeders to destroy. Photo: S. Adam, Penn State
June 26, 2017

As horticultural producers of bedding plants are winding down the busy spring season, it came as a shock to many that some of the petunias being produced are actually illegal.

Acer rubrum Red Sunset® on a commercial site with suspected glyphosate damage. Photo: S. Feather, Penn State
June 26, 2017

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in non-selective, systemic herbicides sold under a variety of trade names – Round Up, Accord, Glypro, Touchdown, Rodeo, Eraser and many others.

June 26, 2017

Rain or shine has new meaning thanks to an innovative, inexpensive and simple tactic that will really change how people think about watering their lawns. The tactic? A straightforward road sign.

June 26, 2017

A highly toxic water pollutant, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), last year caused a number of U.S. communities to close their drinking water supplies. PFOA contamination also is a pervasive problem worldwide. A research team now reports an inexpensive and renewable material that rapidly removes PFOA from water. The novel treatment effectively eliminates the micropollutant to below 10 parts per trillion, far below US Environmental Protection Agency and all state health advisory limits.

June 26, 2017

Stormwater which is the water that runs off of houses, streets, parking lots, and any other hard surface during rain events, has been identified as a major cause of water pollution in recent years.

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June 26, 2017

Finding practical hydrogen storage technologies for vehicles powered by fuel cells is the focus of a $682,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, awarded to Mike Chung, professor of materials science and engineering, Penn State.

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June 23, 2017

This article was written by Sharon Driedger, a 2016 Penn State Extension Summer Assistant in Montgomery County. Sharon is a senior Nutrition major at West Chester University. Most people know that onions can make you cry when you cut into them. But, do you know why? Onions also provide important vitamins to the diet.

Brown marmorated stink bug injury on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
June 23, 2017

The flights of the first generation adults of tufted apple bud moth, obliquebanded leafroller and codling moth are almost completed in most Pennsylvania orchards.

June 21, 2017

Much of western PA has observed between two and four inches of rain since last week, while much of eastern PA has seen between one-half to one inch of rain during the same period. Because of the wet late Spring/early summer, all of the state has been lifted from abnormally dry or moderate drought status, according to the US Drought Monitor. The best chance for widespread, organized precipitation over the next week will come late this week and into the weekend.

June 21, 2017

As we proceed through the growing season, there are a few issues surrounding weed control and herbicide use. Below are some items to consider.

June 21, 2017

We have heard that many folks are considering replanting corn and/or soybean following heavy slug damage this spring. Particularly for corn, we thought it would be prudent to remind folks to pay attention to the various genetic, insect-resistant traits and seed-applied treatments that are available because all that is offered is not always necessary.

June 21, 2017

Soybean fields in our program continue to put on new growth and appear to be leaving slug damage behind. From the reports we have this week pest populations remain low, bean leaf beetles are active, but nothing concerning yet. Keep in mind that in their vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, none have been reported this week. From last week, the field that may have had the beginnings of Septoria brown spot was a false alarm.

June 21, 2017

Save the dates for these summer field day events which will provide on-farm research updates and farmer tips for soil health, grazing, and cover crops.

June 21, 2017

This spring has brought a lot of rain, some of which came down in heavy downpours. The rain is a blessing but can be a curse too.

Mario Sazo, Cornell Fruit Specialist, invites Pennsylvania fruit growers and farm workers to a tour of the Geneva Experiment Station.
June 20, 2017

A field training for Spanish speakers in the fruit industry. Una capacitación en el campo para trabajadores de habla hispana en la industria de la fruta.

Sowbugs and pillbugs congregate in moist areas. Photo by Sinclair Adam.
June 20, 2017

We hear periodic reports of sowbug and/or pillbug outbreaks in greenhouses and high tunnels in Pennsylvania.

June 20, 2017

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing.

June 19, 2017

Radon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. Radon can get into the air you breathe indoors and into the water you drink, and can also be found in small amounts in outdoor air.