e-GRO (Electronic Grower Resources Online) is a collaborative effort of floriculture specialists from nine land-grant universities to freely share information about commercial greenhouse production. This comprehensive website houses a number of tools, videos, webinars, and books, and also sends out pest and crop alerts to subscribers. If you are a commercial greenhouse operator in Pennsylvania, you should look into this valuable resource.
Just in case you’ve been wondering what that weed was…American burnweed seems to be spreading.
As tie stall dairy producers think about herd expansion they often consider converting their existing building into a milking center. In many cases this is a reasonable idea. However, ‘low-cost’ should not be interpreted as ‘cheap.’
Fall is almost here and with that will come corn silage harvest. One common side effect of silage making is silage effluent. No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, it happens. If you have a silo, upright or horizontal, you have some amount of silage effluent.
Synchronization protocols have become a great tool for many breeding programs, but most would probably abandon them in a heartbeat if there was another effective way to consistently predict ovulation and pinpoint the perfect time to breed cows. Activity monitors may provide a solution.
Scientists from around the globe presented the results of their most recent research at the joint annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science last month in Kansas City, Missouri. This article highlights some of the latest findings related to feeding and managing dairy calves.
It was good advice then, and it still rings true. An adventure in cleaning out old file cabinets yields record keeping advice that has stood the test of time.
Several microbiological parameters are used to screen for the overall quality of milk. These analyses are associated with milk quality. They also can provide direction for trouble-shooting sanitation and procedural issues on the farm.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is sponsoring a tour to Spiral Path Farm and North Mountain Pastures on Tuesday, November 18, 9 am to 3 pm.
The Intergenerational Leadership Institute is an 8-week certificate training program offered by Penn State for older adults (55+) wishing to develop (or expand) intergenerational programs in their areas of interest.
Home gardening is at its peak right now. The freshest of fresh vegetables come from your own hands to your own table and all of the work seems worthwhile and a distant memory now.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Extension Educator, Jim Clark, put together a riparian buffer water message that he is displaying at the county fairs in North Central Pennsylvania this summer. The message is simple, “Find a Stream and Plant a Tree”.
Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of this liquid, also known as leachate, were collected from within each of the studied landfills. This study by the U.S. Geological Survey is the first national assessment of these chemicals of emerging concern in landfill leachate in the United States.
This series of participatory discussions and study sessions will help you create a farm plan for your new vegetable business. Let’s make sure all the pieces of your farm business fit together.
Basil downy mildew is a relatively new disease in the United States, first identified in Florida in 2007. It has been reported in a handful of states every year since then, from the east coast to western states. Basil downy mildew has also been identified in Canada and Argentina.
Moderate temperatures observed so far this month extended the flights of the second generation of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller. Colder than usual weather also stretched the traditional periods when the control of these two pests may be needed.
Over the years of my work in community and economic development, I’ve been continually reminded of the role that values play. These come from various levels, including individual, organizational and community.
The primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. In addition, a group of toxicants known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death.
Hay is the most important part of the horse’s diet and makes up 50-100% of the horse’s diet. It is the best source of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and, most importantly, fiber that is necessary for normal gut function in the horse. The quality of hay varies considerably between different loads of hay.
Meeting concentrates on current issues within the horse industry and the PA Equine Council's Board of Director's Meeting.