If you serve on the board of a community organization, faith-based group, service club or social service agency, you expect to give your time and expertise to support the good work and mission of your organization. But too often, the good work takes a back seat to tension, conflict and open hostility.
Dormant season urea and copper sprays are recommended for decreasing available populations of apple scab spores and fire blight bacteria in the orchard for the 2015 season.
Prior to pruning peach trees this season, check for bud mortality from subzero winter temperatures.
This week at a winter meeting I was asked why poison ivy seems to be popping up in orchards where it was never seen before and in isolated spots. I suspect you will see a lot of perennial species popping up in new areas for several reasons.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Production website - http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit - has a number of useful resources for fruit growers. Check back often for the latest resources on fruit diseases; insects, mites and beneficials; and fruit culture.
Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.
Organic fruit growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning. There are natural features in the Mid-Atlantic region that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high quality organic fruit. Also, the market in this area for locally grown organic fruit far exceeds the current production capacity of existing organic fruit farms.
The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.
Fungus gnats are tiny, dark colored flies that commonly infest all kinds of houseplants. The adult flies do not damage plants, but can be a nuisance because they fly in your face, land in your drinks, fall in your food, and generally make pests of themselves. They often congregate near windows.
On February 23, 2015, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which supports the work of the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University, announced that they have teamed up to focus on pesticide safety and education. The two organizations will bring their collective expertise and experience to developing bilingual health and safety educational materials for the general public related to pesticides such as antimicrobials, herbicides, and insecticides. Click for links to the full joint press release from each organization.
Sieglinde Snapp, a professor of soils and cropping systems ecology and associate director of the Center for Global Change at Michigan State University, will present a talk on March 27 titled "Cover Crops and Perennial Grains for Future Cropping Systems." Her talk, which will take place at 12:20 p.m. in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, is part of the 2015 Sustainable Ag Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Ag Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The lecture also will serve as the keynote address for the 5th Annual Sustainable Cropping Systems Symposium, a forum for members of the Penn State community involved in sustainable cropping systems research to share research results and plan collaborative activities.
In the era of STEM and STEAM programming, music and the arts are being highlighted in a stronger way in early care and youth programming. Research has strongly indicated that children who participate in musical instruction benefit academically.
Food Safety in Child Care: From Prep to Cleanup; Deployment Through a Child's Eyes
Pennsylvania smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) is a summer annual that reproduces by seeds, which germinate in the spring.
At the recent Estimating and Bidding classes we had two days of interesting discussion about many aspects of the cost of doing business. One aspect that business owners often don't understand is overhead.
A wintry start to March will lead to more seasonal weather by the middle of the month
A special educational event for the owners of woodlots large and small will be offered by Penn State Extension on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.
Penn State releases a performance data summary of alfalfa and cool-season forage grass variety trials conducted in 2014.
Agronomy Scout School – Entry level crop scouts learn essential skills at this fast-approaching 1 day event/
Snow Mold diagnostic techniques shed light on winter fungus