Asthma is a chronic lung disease affecting 10 percent of school-aged children in the United States. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management, or PA IPM, program — a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture — is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to reduce asthma triggers in schoolchildren by preventing pests, including mice and cockroaches, from entering schools.
As a new grape season approaches, you all may be asking yourselves, “What is going to be my biggest headache this season?” As far as insects go, I would have to answer, as always, the grape berry moth (GBM). In this blog I would like to touch on the most recent research regarding the grape berry moth, as well as, other insects to scout for in your vineyards in the early part of the growing season.
Renewed interest in food production has sparked lots of folks to consider farming as an occupation. However, production knowledge, business, and (particularly) financial hurdles sometimes prevent the dream from becoming reality.
The past seven days has brought beneficial rains to many of the areas that were becoming very dry in late March and early April. Much of central Pennsylvania saw between one and two inches of rain since the middle of last week. The unsettled weather will continue through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend.
A grain producer called here early the other morning and asked me how high I thought corn would go. I almost choked on my bagel. If you know me at all you recognize I couldn’t care less about forecasting future prices. What I care about is what you are doing when it comes to price risk management. For many price levels offer at least a small amount of profit, today.
Well it’s time to start taking about Palmer amaranth and waterhemp again. Penn State Extension Educators Mena Hautau and John Bray reported emerged Palmer seedlings last Friday at a cooperator farm in Berks County.
Reports from Kentucky and Indiana indicate that black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch fields as the spring progresses.
The wet conditions we have been experiencing for the past few days have been ideal for slugs.
If you were unable to control winter annuals and biennials last fall, there is still time now.
Review this invasive weed’s key identification features to avoid human exposure and livestock poisoning.
This week is a great week to explore your earthworm populations - the soils are moist and are warming up after the winter, and earthworm activity is high.
With certain varieties of barley heading out in the southern regions, I have been receiving reports of loose smut this week.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that this week’s weather is going to put you in a bind, in more ways than one. From a wheat disease perspective, many of us are looking at wheat that is approaching heading or flag leaf.
As yet another academic semester draws to a close, it’s time for another issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter.
The driving question addressed in this online publication is: How do we create great settings for intergenerational engagement? The approach is centered around defining and exploring applications of the concept of “intergenerational contact zones,” ICZs for short. These are spatial focal points for different generations to meet, interact, build relationships and, if desired, work together to address issues of local concern.
Face.Age is a multimedia installation featuring younger (18-22) and older (70+) participants studying, describing, and touching one another’s faces. This art installation was developed in North Carolina by Andrew Belser, Penn State Professor of Movement, Voice, and Acting in the School of Theatre. Prof. Belser and his students continue to learn from creating and documenting these intergenerational encounters at exhibits set up at various sites.
People of all ages should be talking more and doing more about getting the vaccinations needed to build healthy communities for all generations. That is the goal of "Valuing Vaccines Across the Generations" – an awareness campaign launched by Generations United in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot offers information on how caregivers can create their own care map. A care map is a helpful way to visually represent all the people and services involved in a family caregiving situation.
If one lives alone or far distance from a spouse, partner, or child, that person is or will be an “elder orphan.