The Penn State Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory recently released their updated summaries from water samples submitted to their drinking water program over the past year. Statewide and county summaries are available on their website.
The Penn State Master Well Owner Network (MWON) had another successful year of education for private water system owners across Pennsylvania.
A new interactive mapping tool provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the Nation and identifies which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life.
New water-tracing technology has been used in the Sydney Basin for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface. The study provides a baseline against which any future impacts on groundwater from mining operations, groundwater abstraction or climate change can be assessed. The research has global relevance because this new technology provides a quick and cheap alternative to having to install numerous boreholes for groundwater monitoring.
Deadheading is a gardening term that defines the process of removing faded or dead flowers from plants. Deadheading is a process of pruning by which old growth and seed heads are removed from the plant to promote new growth and re-flowering.
The daylily offers many different choices for the landscaping or garden at your home. The scientific name of this perennial plant is Hemerocallis. A cultivar is a registered named daylily. There are over 75,000 different registered cultivars. This large number covers cultivars registered from the beginning of record keeping to the present, so many of these cultivars are old and some even lost.
Have you ever wondered why some flowers, such as old fashioned roses have a lovely fragrance and others, especially some of the newer hybrids, have no fragrance?
October is almost over. Like most homeowners, the list of gardening tasks is far from over though. Here is a list of common chores in case you forget...
In an experiment at the Russel E. Larson Agricultural Research Farm we have alternaria leafspot and head rot on the leaves and heads of fall broccoli planted. It’s a common late-season disease.
The stores are stocked with lots of Halloween candy...
Plant spring-flowering bulbs and look forward to years of seasonal color in your landscape. Fall-planted bulbs produce the first blooms of the year and can provide flowers through late May with a wonderful range of color, shape, size, and height.
For the second time ever, total US electricity generation from natural gas surpassed coal in July, with natural gas fueling 35.0% of total generation to coal's 34.9% share.
Ah Choo… and the sounds have begun. People are sneezing, coughing and beginning to miss work. Grouping children together in a classroom may spread germs and get children sick. Adults catch it from their kids and the flu season is back! What can you do? Here are a few tips.
What is your tolerance for weeds in the landscape? For most folks, they are pests that need to be dealt with promptly and mercilessly. What if you were to look at some of the benefits of these unwanted plants? Would or could you change your mind?
Earthworms play an important role in turfgrass ecosystems through their burrowing activities and by breaking down thatch and organic matter. Burrowing creates channels in soil that improve drainage, reduce compaction, facilitate air exchange, and promote root development.
Two new endowments initially totaling $80,000 will benefit educational programs in Berks County focusing on 4-H youth development and consumer horticulture, Penn State Extension has announced.
Fall is the time of year when cool-season turfgrasses recover from summer stress-related conditions; such as drought, heat, and disease. For athletic fields, fall is also the time that turf takes a beating from football and other school sports activities.
As with integrated pest management for insect pests, IPM for wildlife management involves integrating several control methods simultaneously or alternately, and the key to success is routine monitoring. Effective scouting entails assessing wildlife and predator populations, wildlife habitats and behaviors, damage patterns, possible impacts on nontarget organisms and various conditions that may influence control efficacy.
Forage quality plays a significant role in animal performance and profitability. Producers and nutritionists should be evaluating quality parameters. Ultimately it is the dairy producer who will implement changes to correct any problems.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, who holds two degrees from the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be one of 19 Penn State alumni honored Oct. 21 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association.