Again this spring, Penn State Extension will be monitoring arriving populations of black cutworm moths. We will let folks know via this newsletter the status of arriving populations and when they should scout their fields for damage.
Much of Pennsylvania has soil conditions that are drier than average for this time of year. If you have cover crops that you intend to plant into prior to burning down(planting green) you should consider the amount of soil moisture they are using, especially if the spring continues to be dry.
Before you pull out the subsoiler, take a shovel and check soil aggregation and porosity.
REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) program tax credits for farmers who want to implement new best management practices on their farms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program have awarded Sea Grant College status to Penn State based on the strength of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a research and outreach program operated by Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The designation reflects a sustained commitment to managing marine and coastal resources across the Commonwealth, including the Lake Erie, Delaware River and Susquehanna River watersheds.
Osteoporosis and low bone density affect millions of Americans. Many Americans have insufficient intake of vitamin D and calcium, along with insufficient exercise. Most physicians are aware of the need for calcium, vitamin D and exercise for bone health, but inadequate intakes of magnesium, silicon, vitamin K and boron are prevalent and are also important for bone health.
Preschool Foundations: Understand Physical and Cognitive Development; PYD Foundations: Cultural Competency and Responsiveness
The recent winter-like conditions do not kill scab spores and the spores continue to further mature and release. If the weather forecast comes to fruition, an apple scab infection event is predicted for April 7. If your trees have green tissue, recommendations for dealing with scab while managing cold injury are discussed.
Poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying too much weight…these are the top three risk factors for disease and death in the U.S. And on the flip side, these risk factors point out the top 3 opportunities for improving your health and longevity!
What are the factors that affect credit prices in Pennsylvania?
Is your community struggling to find the financial resources it needs to invest in its future? The recently released Wealth Transfer in Pennsylvania 2016 report highlights that those resources may be closer (and more substantial) than you think.
Powdery mildew can be a problem, especially for pumpkins. Resistant varieties are available, but it’s important to note that none are immune. It’s also critical to make a correct diagnosis when the disease shows up and to know which crop protectants to use. Beth Gugino, Associate Professor in the Vegetable Pathology Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Micro-biology College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State was featured in an American Vegetable Grower article posted April 1st on managing powdery mildew in pumpkin.
It’s March and we’re on the road to visit Yarnick’s Farm in Indiana, PA. The farm includes 250 acres of outdoor production and 20 greenhouses of varying sizes and shapes.
Dangerous nitrate levels in drinking water could persist for decades, increasing the risk for blue baby syndrome and other serious health concerns, according to a new study.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, presented information on safe drinking water for private water supply owners at the Women in Agricultural Conference in Wellsboro, PA, in Tioga County, on March 23rd.
As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state's waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.
The 2015 North American Manure Expo, which was co-hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is being recognized with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, Pennsylvania's "highest honor bestowed upon businesses or organizations for environmental performance and innovation."
Pennsylvania contains thousands of natural and man-made ponds and lakes but surveys by Penn State Extension have found that 77% of pond owners report problems with leaks, water quality, overabundant plant growth, fisheries management, or nuisance wildlife. More recently, algae blooms that release toxins harmful to animals and humans (called Harmful Algae Blooms or HAB’s) have become a common issue.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. And with good reason – without water, we’d be nothing. Just dust. Water is one of the most common substances on earth, and one of the most vital; it’s a tremendously valuable resource, yet one we squander and pollute prodigiously.