USDA is offering three separate online courses that are free to users interested in various concepts associated with sustainable farm management.
The annual Penn State Extension Agronomic Field Diagnostic Clinic will be held on July 21 and 22, 2016, 9am – 4:30pm at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm near Rock Springs, PA. This one day clinic is held on two different dates and the cost is $80/person. ($100 after July 14)
The Annual Agronomic Weed and Insect Pest Tour will be held on July 12, 2016 at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm, Rock Springs, PA. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, lunch at noon, and we will conclude shortly after lunch. Pest Management CCA CEU's and Pesticide Recertification Credits will be available. Registration for this event will be $20.00 and includes a tour book and the noon meal.
Seven new modules ready for you in On Demand. Read more about all of these: Ethics: A Guide for Professional Behavior; Engage Families and Build Relationships; Preschool Foundations: Observe, Document, and Assess; Family Child Care: Support Infants and Toddlers; Family Child Care: Support Preschoolers; School Readiness: Lay the Foundation in the Early Years; and Observation: An Introduction.
Agricultural research often takes place in the field, giving rise to collaborations between scientists and farmers that vary widely in terms of farmer involvement. Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator for the Practical Farmers of Iowa, spoke at Penn State recently about her experience with such collaborations, with an emphasis on those in which the farmer drives the research.
The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, according to scientists. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C (53 percent) in 2015, one of the three highest scores since 1986. Only 1992 and 2002 scored as high or higher, both years of major sustained droughts.
Many landowners, regulators and citizen scientists are interested in simple tools to assess the health of streams. The latest webinar in the Penn State Water Resources Extension series focused on a new stream health assessment tool called First Investigation of Stream Health or “FISH”.
Private water supplies in nine Pennsylvania counties underserved by water-quality educational programs and water testing will be the focus of two new Penn State Extension projects aimed at helping well owners detect and remediate lead and other common contaminants.
Protein discovery is important first step in harnessing power of green algae for agriculture. Algae may hold the key to feeding the world's burgeoning population. Because they are more efficient than most plants at taking in carbon dioxide from the air, algae could transform agriculture. If their efficiency could be transferred to crops, we could grow more food in less time using less water and less nitrogen fertilizer. New work reveals a protein that is necessary for green algae to achieve such remarkable efficiency.
Newly published research shows water yields from unmanaged forested watersheds in the southern Appalachian Mountains declining by up to 22 percent a year since the 1970s. Changes in water yield were largely related to changes in climate, but disturbance-related shifts in forest species composition and structure over time also played a role. The study findings have implications for managing the forest composition of watersheds to ensure water supply under future climate change.
From 2005 through 2015, thirty-eight (38) Pennsylvanians lost their lives in incidents involving skid steers or forklifts (12 incidents) and during bush hogging activities (26 incidents).
June is Dairy Month so learn about assistive technology for dairy operations. National AgrAbility launches and new website and AgrAbility client advocates with other veterans at the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.
The Duke University Energy Initiative on shale public finance released the first report in a series on financial implications for local governments and shale development. (more...)
This past week (June 1) we finally captured the first moths of obliquebanded leafroller in pheromone traps. This completes the list of establishing important biofixes for the 2016 season. While the first biofix for the earliest active species, redbanded leafroller happened on March 22 (a tie for the earliest ever), the obliquebanded leafroller biofix was one of the latest on record for the Biglerville area. Looking at the degree day accumulation, it appears we are back to an “average year,” with a very similar accumulation of degree days base 43 as during the 2015 season.
Realizing ways we can contribute to others can be a great motivator.
A new smartphone application, called MyIPM-NED, was developed to promote integrated disease management for apples, pears, cherries, and cranberries and is available for free for Android and iOS devices. These apps are also able to be used on tablets, as well.
Although we experienced several cool, cloudy weeks, those conditions didn’t deter the bacteria and fungi in the orchard. As the temperatures are warming up and the humidity rolling in, disease symptoms are becoming more apparent. Recommendations for several apple and stone fruit diseases folks need to be mindful of are discussed.
This will be the last published run of the Cornell carbohydrate model for determining apple thinning rates and timings. You can still go to the web site and run the model but the model will not give you a recommendation. As I mentioned in the last posting you can interpret the 4 Day Average Balance by looking at the recommendation chart in the "More Info” tab.
We’ve received a number of calls from growers who are concerned about various types of leaf distortion on their strawberry plants this year. Here is a review of some of the more common causes.