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The video “Apples for the Retail Market” provides Dr. Rob Crassweller’s recommendations for varieties to grow for a farm market or retail stand.
April 27, 2017

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created videos to refresh growers on innovative growing techniques for the start of the 2017 growing season.

 Shortly after tree growth begins, gently remove the 3 developing shoots below the leader to eliminate competition for leader growth. Photo: Tara Baugher
April 27, 2017

Timely tree training and integrated management of newly planted trees will ensure the success and future profitability of high density apple plantings.

April 27, 2017

Assessing Biomass Processing Fire Hazards and Community Fire Response Capabilities

Toigo Organic Farms sign. Photo: Bill Lamont
April 27, 2017

Toigo Organic Farms is a 5 acre greenhouse farm that grows primarily tomatoes year-round, along with some eggplants and peppers.

USDA map showing where Buddleia is invasive
April 26, 2017

How could the ever popular butterfly bush possibly be a problem for pollinators when it attracts butterflies and is highly marketed as a “must-have” plant for butterfly gardens?

Apple flowers, 2016. Photo: Rob Crassweller, Penn State
April 26, 2017

Cloudy, warm weather may result in a greater tree response to chemical thinners this week.

Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
April 26, 2017

The reliability of the Cornell carbohydrate thinning model forecast is dependent on weather forecasts.

April 26, 2017

Providing high quality sleep environments and understanding Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) are an essential part of a child care provider’s job. There are about 4,000 sudden and unexpected deaths (SUID) in the United States each year. More than half of these deaths are caused by a commonly know type of SUID called SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This lesson focuses on defining SUID and identifying behaviors that affect and reduce the risk of sleep-related SUID. This module is available at no cost.

April 26, 2017

Milder, but unsettled weather is on tap through early next week.

Timothy field near Gettysburg browning because of aphid infestation. (Photo by Dean Collamer, Growmark FS
April 26, 2017

Have you seen browning in timothy fields? It may be due to a heavy aphid population.

April 26, 2017

Be sure you are scouting for marestail before you plant your no-till soybeans and using effective herbicides with both burndown and residual control.

April 26, 2017

As we move into the last days of April and early May, corn and soybean planting will be in full swing. Take a few minutes to review this checklist to ensure optimum planter performance.

April 26, 2017

While you’re waiting to get in the field with a corn planter, now is an important time to scout for wheat, barley and alfalfa disease.

April 26, 2017

Small grain crops are maturing earlier than normal. Now is the time to monitor maturity and make the necessary management adjustments to your timetable.

The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
April 26, 2017

Learn about the important role these often forgotten insects play on your livestock farm.

April 25, 2017

There are basically two reactions to being asked to take a survey. 50% of us cringe and look for the nearest exit – or if it’s an online request we hit ‘delete’. The other 50% of us jump into action, our curiosity aroused. Actually, I can’t support this data with social science research. But I can tell you that anticipating both types of reactions can help you build a stronger and more successful survey.

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April 25, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has produced an annual compilation of its most used statistics in a booklet easily accessible to all – the aptly named Key World Energy Statistics (KWES).

April 24, 2017

No matter how big or small your garden is, for successful vegetable gardening it is crucial to know the difference between cool-season and warm-season vegetables, as well as the approximate last frost date in the spring, and the first frost date in the late summer/early fall in your area.

Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
April 24, 2017

A few more weather stations are in full bloom. Normal rates of chemical thinners were recommended for the weekend, and decreased rates are suggested for the next 4 days.