Updates from the Pennsylvania Tree Farm Committee - Spring 2016
Drive down any country road or take a walk in your favorite woodlot and you'll probably find non-native plant species beginning to show themselves this spring.
Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts. This piece was written by Raul Chiesa and Janet Sredy, managers and owners of Beckets Run Woodlands and the 2015 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year.
The publication entitled Herbicides and Forest Vegetation Management: Controlling Unwanted Trees, Brush, and Other Competing Forest Vegetation, originally published in 2005, is newly revised. This full-color publication examines the use of forestry labeled herbicides to manage woodland vegetation.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.
Cash flow statements are very useful – they may very well be the first place where a farmer will spot a trend in business performance that may benefit or harm the operation in the long run. Cash flow statements show the business’s liquidity, the ability to pay expenses as they come due.
A return to more “seasonal” temperatures by the weekend, with an extended period of dry weather in the horizon.
Looking for a herbicide recommendation to control your cover crop?
Wearable technology is a rapidly growing industry and we are looking at ways to incorporate it into the field of agricultural safety and health.
If your meeting or conference is scheduled to last for a full day or more than one day, you probably will work with a caterer or a hotel chef to plan meals and snacks. It is likely that there are pre-set menus from which to choose from. Although you can suggest alternatives, it is possible there may be a fee for these requests. To avoid additional fees, work with what they have but discuss ways to have healthy options available throughout the meeting. Be certain to stress that you do not want to have the same foods served to the participants over and over again. (After all, you can only eat so much chicken!)
When planning food for meetings, there are many things to consider with budget being an important one. Here are some suggestions for healthy meals and snacks with limited budgets in mind:
When profit margins get thin (or disappear) we tend to focus more on markets and marketing as a way to generate profits. Unfortunately, we can only take the price offered and in some cases this price does not meet our expectations. The challenge then becomes – “What do we do?”
During the next 10 days, forage growers around Pennsylvania have just two things they need to focus on accomplishing.
Be on the lookout, as alfalfa weevil are hatching in the southern counties.
Sorting through some of the differences between soil health tests can be challenging. Penn State offers a Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet that may be beneficial.
Keep an eye out for some leaf diseases in your wheat crop.
In a previous article, I had mentioned Closer (sulfoxaflor) insecticide as being registered for use on strawberries. It had been for a while, but last fall EPA issued a cancellation order for the product, after the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that EPA improperly approved the registration.
Get in some of your fruits and vegetables for the day while enjoying fresh strawberries with a little kick. Make this healthy salsa for a snack, pot luck or as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.
Now that spring weather, with unusually high temperatures, came early to many parts of the Northeast and most woody trees and shrubs have broken bud and flowered almost a month early, we have suddenly dipped back into winter with below freezing temperatures.