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June 16, 2017

Corn silage quality can vary in nutrient content throughout the year. What metrics define high quality silage?

Watch out for brown rot on sweet cherries. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
June 15, 2017

As the sweet cherry harvest commences, there are concerns about brown rot. Management options are discussed.

Laszlo Kulcsar will become head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education on Aug. 1.
June 14, 2017

Laszlo Kulcsar, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, will join Penn State as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, effective August 1.

A USDA grant will enable scientists to assess how pest-management tactics of varying intensities affect the health and functionality of soils in corn-soybean crop rotations.
June 14, 2017

An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and compare how various pest-management regimes affect the health of soils. John Tooker, associate professor of entomology, will lead the project, which is titled "Exploring Soil Health and Pest Management Trade Offs to Maximize Crop Productivity."

June 14, 2017

After some unusually warm, muggy days at the beginning of the week, more seasonal temperatures but with unsettle weather will persist through early next week.

Figure 1. Potato leafhopper adult and nymph. Photo Credit: Dr. Art Hower, Penn State University.
June 14, 2017

Potato leafhoppers have arrived in the state and populations in some areas are building rapidly. Growers would be wise to keep an eye out for increasing populations of this pest because once their feeding is evident economic damage has been done.

June 14, 2017

Pigweed species have begun emerging for the season in Pennsylvania, including reports of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp in southeastern Pennsylvania. It is important to scout for these invasive weeds now, and control them before they reach 4 inches tall.

Figure 1. Infected wheat heads.
June 14, 2017

It’s time to see how your disease management approach worked in your wheat and barley. If you had disease, here’s what to do about it.

June 14, 2017

With the warm weather, soybean fields have made some good progress in the last week and have actually put on some growth. We have only a few reports from around the state so far, but they appear to indicate that slug populations are receding as they hide from the heat. Bean leaf beetles and silver-spotted skipper caterpillars have been found, but populations are low. Keep in mind that in their vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, one field had what appeared to be the start of a Septoria brown spot population.

June 14, 2017

Reports have come in of emergence problems in soybean fields due to soil crusting. Soil crusting happens due to dispersion of soil particles, reorientation of dispersed particles, drying, and desiccation.

June 14, 2017

As the crops are finally getting going, potassium deficiency is showing up in some fields. Potassium deficiency symptoms occur on the edges of the lower leaves on most plants.

June 14, 2017

Farming for Success 2017 will be held on Thursday, June 29th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in Manheim, PA

June 14, 2017

The annual Penn State Extension Agronomic Field Diagnostic Clinic will be held on July 19 and 20, 2017, 9am – 4:30pm at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm near Rock Springs, PA.

June 14, 2017

Tooth decay is the number one chronic disease that affects young children and is five times more common than asthma. Untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infection, resulting in children who stay out of care and experience problems with eating and speaking. Dental decay (also known as dental caries) can affect children’s concentration and learning. Twenty percent of children between five and eleven years of age have at least one untreated, decayed tooth. Children from low-income families suffer from twice as much untreated tooth decay (25%) as children from higher income families (11%). (CDC 2014) Yet tooth decay is easily preventable. Regular dental habits such as toothbrushing and a healthy diet can reduce the occurrence of cavities greatly. To be most effective, both should be part of a child’s routine at home and at his early care and education program. Additionally, adults in the child’s life should model good oral health practices and participate in routines with the child.

Penn State Extension educators have developed food-safety training programs to accommodate the cultural norms of plain sect farmers.
June 13, 2017

Penn State Extension educators have developed food-safety training programs to accommodate the cultural norms of plain sect — Amish and Mennonite — farmers.

"Ice Cream @ Lowestoft, Suffolk" By Tim Parkinson/Flickr.com CC By 2.0
June 13, 2017

Vacations often mean eating out and enjoying local food favorites which can lead to weight gain. Follow some simple strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid gaining extra pounds while away.

Photo by Pamela T.  Hubbard
June 13, 2017

Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. You can solve this problem by creating a flower garden specifically for cutting. I will explain how to construct and care for a cutting garden using flowers most suitable for the Pennsylvania.

June 12, 2017

The dog days of summer can be tough on your vegetables. Even heat-loving plants like tomatoes and peppers might need a little extra care during a heat wave. Here is how you can to protect your garden – and harvest during a heat wave.

Photo: Tara Baugher
June 12, 2017

Fruit surface color is complex because it can be influenced by genetics and mutations, environmental factors, crop load, plant nutrition, plant stresses, and plant growth regulators.