In the last few days we have observed numerous older nymphs and adults of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) moving into orchards from adjacent woods and agronomic crops. Similarly as during the 2014 season, we are detecting brown marmorated stink bugs mostly on the edges of orchards bordering with woods but a much lower BMSB numbers on crops such as soybean or corn.
Fermented foods provide beneficial microbes to support a healthy gut. Research conducted and published in leading medical journals suggest that the health of the stomach may play a major role in preventing or fighting diseases.
While working the Wrightstown Grange Fair “Ask a Master Gardener” help desk I had many home gardeners either report that this was a bad season for “tomato blight” or ask questions about “blight” and how it can be avoided or “cured.”
Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) commissioned an analysis of how small Pennsylvania companies can be successful in delivering new products and services to the industry
Family meetings provide an opportunity to coordinate family schedules, improve communication, and have fun together.
Across Pennsylvania, the prevailing hot dry weather has slowed the progression of disease in many fields while increasing damage due spider mites, flea beetle and other insect pests.
New education and communications effort aims to advance public understanding of the science, technology and opportunity associated with Arctic energy exploration and development.
The month of August was very dry across the state of Pennsylvania. Most of the western and central Pennsylvania saw just half (or less) of their usual monthly rain totals. The upcoming seven days will continue to be dry with little in the way of widespread, organized precipitation.
With the early maturation of some corn and soybean crops, there could be some opportunities for planting barley this fall. Barley is often discounted in the marketplace, though, and this has limited its potential as a crop. Figuring out how to maximize the value of the crop is a key consideration to improve profitability.
Dry weather conditions across most of the state are hastening corn silage dry down, causing the potential need for growers to get in the fields earlier than planned.
This week we have eight reports covering seven counties. Insect pressure remains low in most areas, though small populations of grasshoppers and Japanese beetles persist. Aphid populations seem to be declining, likely due to lady beetles swarming to a tasty meal. Disease pressure remains low, but can still be found. Happy scouting!
It’s been an exciting and eventful summer in terms of new intergenerational initiatives, including pilot projects, conferences, research, curricular resources, reports, blogs, and more.
As silage harvest progresses, growers are starting to think about planting cover crops. Using wheat or other small grains as a cover crop is a common choice, but brings a concern that is easily overlooked: Hessian fly.
This is the home stretch for beans, but there are still a few diseases in your crop that might only become apparent to you now. Most of these are root or stem infections that cause the leaves to turn early or become necrotic—which is why you initially notice them. But you’ll probably have to look beyond the leaves to get your answer.
Over the last several years of working with soybean producers in Lebanon County, I have learned the importance of timely harvest of soybeans. Last week, I noticed late group 2 beans were ready to harvest. It has been my experience that once 95% of the pods turn brown, about a week later it’s time to combine.
Intergenerational Contact Zones – or ICZs for short, serve as spatial focal points for older adults and younger generations to meet, interact, build trust and friendships, and work together to address issues of local concern. They can be found in all types of community settings including libraries, schools, parks, and multi-service community centers.
Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Researchers report at least a 60% reduction in odor compared with surface broadcasting. But how does manure injection work in practice?
Equipment demonstrations, on-site hay testing, and other tools that help with producing high quality forage is the focus of the Southeast Pennsylvania Crops Twilight Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., 490 Skyline Drive, Bernville, PA 19506. There is no charge for the event but registration is required.
Here are some U.S. Census: Facts for Features - In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since to honor our nation’s grandparents.