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May 29, 2017

Alternative protein sources not only provide nutrition, but health benefits. Learn more on varying your protein sources, and tips on how you can add alternative proteins into your diet today.

Image: PA DEP
May 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) launches a new electronic oil and gas annual report to improve public access to information.

 Be vigilant and scout for apple scab! Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
May 26, 2017

Diseases for the fruit grower radar and their management strategies are discussed as we wrap up May and begin June.

Too late to manage peach leaf curl when symptoms are present. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
May 26, 2017

Peach leaf curl has caught many folks off guard this year. Tips for preventing the disease next season are discussed.

Growing apple terminal injured by Obliquebanded leafroller (June). Photo: Greg Krawczyk
May 26, 2017

The 2017 biofix for the first brood tufted apple bud moth (TABM) at the Penn State orchards in Biglerville was established on May 1st while for the obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) on May 20th.

May 26, 2017

Research could increase growers' yields while also improving quality and shelf life for consumers

 Photo: P. Landschoot, Penn State
May 26, 2017

On May 22, 2017, I received a call from a golf course superintendent in central PA about a disease that was producing yellow circular patches on his annual bluegrass greens.

Photo 1. Early symptom of orange rust. Photo: K. Demchak
May 26, 2017

Orange rust is a systemic disease, any plants propagated from infected plants will also be infected.

Image:  Penn State
May 26, 2017

Strip mines are so common in rural Pennsylvania that many people are unfazed by the sight of rock-filled piles of dirt and tracts of barren land.

May 25, 2017

This July 27th, Penn State Extension is pleased to offer a series of technical half day workshops in renewable energy (Solar, Bioenergy, Wind) and sustainability.

Average US Cost to Produce Solar PV Power, based on NREL Data
May 25, 2017

Many Regions in the US are reaching a tipping point in terms of the economics of solar photovoltaics

Professor Marvin Hall Discusses Ecosystem Benefits of Switchgrass at the Recent Short Course
May 25, 2017

Short Course Discusses Ecosystem Services Provided by Perennial Plantings

The Equilifruit disc. Photo: J. Schupp, Penn State
May 25, 2017

It will soon be time to start hand thinning and applying return bloom sprays to apple orchards.

May 24, 2017

Seasonally cool and wet conditions to prevail across the commonwealth in the coming week. Penn State’s Art Person gives us the details and looks at the forecast into the first week of June.

May 24, 2017

We are currently seeking individuals to fill the following positions. Please pass along to those you feel may be a good fit for the job:

Figure 1. Early Flowering (note yellow pollen filled anthers)
May 24, 2017

Yes, it’s wet, but head scab risk is still low. Why is that?

May 24, 2017

If you use manure, the amount of fertilizer nitrogen you apply at planting effects your pre-sidedress testing options later this spring.

Damage to the heads varied from full mortality to none across a small area. Photos: Greg Roth, Penn State
May 24, 2017

Several early heading barley varieties in our trial at Rock Springs suffered damage from the frost event last week. The symptoms are white heads or sections of heads.

Stagonospora on timothy leaf from the tip to this position near the base of the leaf.
May 24, 2017

Browning leaves and a pale green color in timothy and orchardgrass, and small and white afflicted heads in flowering orchardgrass may be an indication of fungal infection.