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August 9, 2017

If you are south central PA and in need of recertification credits for your grain bin fumigation license, one of these meetings might be right for you.

August 9, 2017

Pesticide applicator schools will be offered at Rock Springs and Landisville this year, with each location offering core and category credits through interactive and engaging sessions. Register or mark your calendars now for the location of your choice.

Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located along state Route 45 at Rock Springs, is a hub for cutting-edge research and education conducted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the site of Ag Progress Days (lower left).
August 9, 2017

Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located along state Route 45 at Rock Springs, is a hub for cutting-edge research and innovative education conducted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and is also the location of the annual Ag Progress Days expo.

Image:  Penn State
August 8, 2017

The 2017 Institutes for Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grants have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

Prospective producers can learn more about what is involved with raising sheep or goats at a workshop scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Witt Club Lambs in Melcroft. The event is co-sponsored by Penn State Extension.
August 8, 2017

Southwestern Pennsylvania provides an ideal environment to raise sheep and goats. Rolling hills may not be suitable for crop production, but they can provide high-quality pasture for sheep and goat production.

August 7, 2017

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing strategies to combat weeds while reducing reliance on herbicides.

Image: Penn State Extension Shale Education Team
August 7, 2017

Research is important to see what role shale gas development has in habitat fragmentation.

August 4, 2017

In Pennsylvania, anyone making pesticide applications to land that they do not own or lease is required to have at least one Certified Pesticide Applicator (aka Licensed Applicator) for each business address and name from which they operate (each business name requires a separate BU number).

Honeycrisp (right) Ultima Gala (left) Photo: Kathleen W. Hunt, University of Maryland
August 2, 2017

Yesterday we collected our first fruit samples for assessments of the maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp, Buckeye Gala, and Ultima Gala.

Queen Anne’s Lace is commonly found along roadsides
August 2, 2017

Controlling weeds is important in landscape beds. They appear unsightly and compete with the desirable plants for light, nutrients, moisture. In addition, they can harbor insects and increase disease issues as they create a microclimate that is favorable for these pests.

Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 2 August 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
August 2, 2017

On August 1st, late blight was confirmed on tomato in a small commercial planting in Chester County, PA.

Fall Armyworm feeding in vegetative corn. Photo: S. Fleischer, Penn State
August 2, 2017

Although corn earworm dropped somewhat, counts are hovering above a 5-6 day threshold, and reaching a 4-5 day threshold in Erie.

August 2, 2017

After some soaking rains late last week, some very seasonal late summer weather will ensue through the end of this week followed by a brief cool down.

August 2, 2017

Preparing for fall and winter on livestock operations is something that producers need to think about long before those seasons arrive. Managing pastures for fall and winter grazing should be done as summer draws to an end.

August 2, 2017

Reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure and little disease as soybeans across the state continue to bloom and are starting to form pods. Japanese beetles and bean leaf beetles are 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.

August 2, 2017

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) has recently updated the standard animal weights used in Nutrient Management Plans. These new weights will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

August 2, 2017

A trip to Ohio provides some updates on their new fertilizer certification program, interseeding and crop management.

August 2, 2017

Two upcoming opportunities: recertification training for stored Grain fumigation applicators (August 21 and 29) and Agronomic Applicator Schools (August 30 and September 21)