As we receive more much-needed rain, reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure and little disease. Grasshoppers and Japanese beetles are still the primary defoliators, but populations remain below the economic threshold (15-20% defoliation). We expect these results to represent the majority of soybean fields in PA, but scout your fields to find out for yourself.
A critical component of soil management is to plant cover crops as soon as possible after harvest of the previous crop.
The welcome rains have refreshed our crops but made the soil moist just prior to corn silage harvest. The soil compaction threat therefore has increased significantly.
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Harvesting apples at the optimum stage of maturity increases fruit flavor and firmness and reduces the potential for decay. Begin sampling fruit for maturity assessments several weeks before normal harvest is anticipated.
For the past 25 years, the AgrAbility Project has assisted farmers and ranchers remain in production agriculture despite challenges related to a disability or long-term health condition.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted PA CleanWays of McKean County remove another two thousand tires from McKean County, filling two tractor-trailers on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016 -- Funding will be distributed in December 2016.
A new draft report released Monday from the Department of Environmental Protection lists four miles of the Lower Susquehanna River as impaired for recreation, but not for protecting aquatic life as requested by the Fish and Boat Commission, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA and other groups.
Thanks to global warming, waterways that make up important habitat for fish are likely to experience an increased frequency of such extreme conditions. Researchers wanted to know the impact of severe storms on fish populations that have to make sudden and unexpected trips downstream, away from their preferred habitat, to more hospitable waters.
For the most part, antibiotics play a positive role in the modern world. They help combat infection and keep us healthy. However, antibiotics often find their way into water streams and wastewater treatment plants while still biologically active. And that’s a problem for a variety of reasons.
The latest DEP inventory of air emissions for the unconventional natural gas operation industry has increased with increased operations, but has helped to improve the overall air quality due to emissions reductions from other point sources (more...)
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For the past few weeks we have been posting information for Brookfield Gala fruit from Keedysville, along with Honeycrisp and Premier Honeycrisp from Mt. Ridge Farms.
While the harvest of peaches and nectarines is in a full swing and it is only a matter of a couple of weeks when we will start the fully fledged harvest of apples, it is still important to remember that some important fruit pests are still active and can cause damage of fruit.
Perhaps you have seen this wasp flying over the landscape at about 12” above the ground circling in a mass of its fellow wasps. What is it doing? Well they are selecting mates and mating, prior to laying eggs on grubs in the landscape.
The Rural Economic Development Clinic at Penn State Law is now accepting clients for the fall semester. The clinic provides food and agriculture businesses with free legal services on a variety of legal issues.
As the world becomes more globally conscious, an important job of educators is to help children and youth acquire knowledge about cultural differences so that they will be able to work together and solve future problems together. Cultural competence is a critical set of skills that teachers, as well as out-of-school staff, need to help all children reach their full potentials.
Recently, a young friend reverently touched a nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) in my herb garden saying, “I love the taste of these flowers.” I told her that I do, too. If you’ve never experienced nasturtium’s peppery, zesty flavor you should try it.