Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), effective immediately (more...)
Time for meal preparation is often in short supply. Find inspiration in preparing food simply, in as few steps as possible, to put a well-balanced meal on the table tonight!
Fall is here and precipitation is predicted to help alleviate some of the drought conditions across the state.
Spread your residues evenly
Having unpriced bushels as we near harvest had some grain producers hoping the harvest pundits calling for severe yield reductions would be correct in their guesses. At this point it looks like a burdensome harvest will materialize.
Final report: All the sentinel fields that we have been scouting since spring have exceeded growth stage R7, most are starting to senesce and practically speaking insects and diseases are no longer a concern. Some of our fields look excellent and a least one that received regular rain has an expected yield in the range of 80 bushel per acre. Undoubtedly others will be lower, but we hope that everyone’s field penciled out in the black.
Fall pasture growth often provides additional opportunity for grazing livestock; however, careful management of pastures is essential for the over-wintering of forages and improvement into the next growing season. A dry summer has stunted fall pasture regrowth dramatically, but as rains begin to increase in frequency in most regions, fall grazing is beginning to look a little more promising, but could be detrimental to your forage stand if not managed carefully.
As corn is coming off fields, it is time to think about how fall manure is managed.
A recent apparent hemp dogbane poisoning of some horses serves as a reminder for recognizing and managing this common perennial weed.
At a field day last week we used an infiltration ring and observed an infiltration rate of 6.67” in less than an hour. A nearby farmer measured infiltration of 8”/hr on his farm. These dairy farms used continuous no-till and cover crops. The numbers suggest that these farms would never generate runoff because it is extremely rare to have this type of rainfall intensity in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless runoff is observed occasionally from these fields. Why is this? To understand this better we need to analyze the infiltration process and compare our measurements with what happens naturally.
The National Forum on Climate and Pests will bring invited experts together in front of a live Internet audience to speak about the latest climate change science and pest research. Online, Oct. 4 - 6, 2016
Grazing and no-till forages to improve soil health and farm productivity – field walk in Leola on October 6.
Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research is pleased to announce a series of one-day workshops on storm water management related to shale energy development infrastructure (more...)
Penn State gardening experts will share tips and answer questions for preparing home gardens for falling temperatures as WPSU Penn State’s “Conversations LIVE” returns for its sixth season at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. The show will air live on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM and wpsu.org/live.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency -- in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners -- is kicking off its fourth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.
About 25 percent of all housing units in Pennsylvania use on-lot septic systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater. Properly designed, installed and maintained on-lot septic systems provide adequate treatment and disposal of liquid household wastes.
Warming climate triggers changes in forests' impact on cleaner water. A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. Scientists have found that in years with early springs, trees use more nitrogen to grow than is naturally provided in soil, which could impact tree growth rates and the amount of carbon dioxide forests take out of the atmosphere.
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilizers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), grow uncontrollably and may release toxic substances. Hence, extensive water monitoring is indispensable for drinking water supply and water protection. Researchers have now develop a smart monitoring system, combining various technologies in a depth profile-measuring multi-sensor buoy for monitoring water bodies and in particular algae growth.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday announced the 2016 State Forest Resource Management Plan that will chart the course of Pennsylvania’s future state forests has been finalized and is now available.