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Sanitary well cap Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
May 1, 2017

About one third of the households in York County are served by a private water system (wells or springs). Penn State Extension conducts Home Water and Septic System Workshops to assist homeowners in understanding, testing and maintaining these important systems.

May 1, 2017

An insect infestation that is killing hemlock trees in New England forests is having a significant impact on the water resources of forested ecosystems that provide essential water supplies to one of the nation's most populous regions, suggests new research.

May 1, 2017

Dikes could be lower if they are protected against the waves by grassy marshes. But the protective salt marsh grass is struggling, not only due to increasingly stronger waves, but also to the superfood diet of ragworms. These sophisticated gardeners turn inedible, tough grass seeds into succulent, nutritious sprouts in their burrows. These cultivation techniques prevent many seeds from growing into salt marsh vegetation, thus undermining the use of salt marshes for 'natural' coastal protection.

May 1, 2017

A new report shines a light on lead-contamination of drinking water in schools, highlighting how poor policymaking at the state and federal level poses a threat to children in various states.

May 1, 2017

Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change, but the directly important aspects of the tree-climate relationships have so far been overlooked in climate policy where it relates to forest.

Peach shoot injured by Oriental fruit moth larvae. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
April 28, 2017

The warm weather and the accumulation of degree days, which in Pennsylvania are on pace with 2012 spring conditions, moved the development of plants and insect pests very rapidly forward.

Bitter pit begins to show up on Honeycrisp several weeks before harvest and the incidence can increase two- to four-fold after a month in storage. Photo: Tara Baugher
April 28, 2017

Multiple years of studies in grower orchards are providing additional clues for managing Honeycrisp in the orchard to prevent bitter pit following storage.

Protect any trees still in bloom: Fire blight conditions ideal April 29 through May 2. (Photo: K. Peter)
April 28, 2017

Conditions are optimal for fire blight, apple scab, and rust infections. Growers are encouraged to keep trees protected. Other diseases for the fruit grower radar are also discussed.

April 28, 2017

A summer Vegetable and Fruit Field Day at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center is being planned for July 12th!

Different dormant plant sizes. Photo: K. Demchak, Penn State
April 28, 2017

A successful strawberry planting hinges on getting the basics right at planting time. If you can pay attention to the basics, you are well on your way to having a vigorous planting.

source: J Veil, Argonne National Laboratory
April 28, 2017

Pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the regulation of underground injection wells, including those for waste disposal or storage associated with oil and gas production.

April 28, 2017

Too much time away from their pen can cause a deficit in cows' daily time budget.

April 28, 2017

The pursuit of lower somatic cell counts to achieve milk quality goals leads some to wonder if the cow's immune response is compromised.

April 28, 2017

Feeding more milk replacer to calves can increase average daily gain, but can reduce starter intake and lower nitrogen efficiency and postweaning digestion.

April 28, 2017

Pain management makes dehorning less dreadful for you and your calves.

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April 27, 2017

The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production.

Photo: Tianna Dupont
April 27, 2017

Many vegetable crops are started in the greenhouse as transplants, and then planted out into the field for crop production.

Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
April 27, 2017

On a recent trip to a wholesale marketing cooperative, the manager explained how she is always looking for more fruit from her growers.

April 27, 2017

When it comes to the livestock business, or any agricultural enterprise for that matter, a broad perspective and an open mind about potential market channels can help strengthen your business. Extension Educator, Walt Bumgarner, shares his thoughts on managing product for multiple markets.