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May 15, 2017

Utilizing pasture on dairy operations can benefit the animals and the cash flow in several ways. Maintaining forage quality and quantity has a significant effect on cash surplus. Grazing adult cattle and young stock can help extend stored forages. Maintaining carry over of ensiled forages benefits the bottom line and animal performance. Incorporating grazing for the dairy herd also gets them off concrete for a period of time. As with any management practice there are perks and drawbacks.

Image: Lillie Langlois, Penn State
May 15, 2017

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.

Your community may look like this, or it may be more rural.    Either way, it's partially governed by local officials, yet served by many, many volunteers.  (Image location: Vandergrift, PA)
May 12, 2017

With local elections always on the near horizon, do you know what all those folks running for office will be responsible for doing (ideally with your help) if they happen to win?

8mm fruit size in Erie on May 11, 2017. Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
May 12, 2017

One veteran pomologist made the comment that “something unique will occur every year that you did not ever experience before.” This year seems to bear out that axiom.

Kim Munden receives the Carolyn Blum Memorial Award from Penn State’s Phillip Clauer
May 12, 2017

Kim Munden, Meadville, Crawford County, received the 2017 Carolyn Blum Memorial Pennsylvania Poultry Youth Service Award at the annual Youth Poultry 101 Conference held at Penn State’s University Park Campus on April 29, in recognition of her outstanding leadership to youth poultry programs in Pennsylvania.

Collegiate Poultry Judging Team, from left: Blake Ramsey, Kurtis Miller, Katie Hess, Kevin Brubaker and Phillip Clauer
May 12, 2017

Penn State's Collegiate Poultry Judging Team placed second overall in the 70TH USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held at Louisiana State University on April 5-7.

May 12, 2017

Parent-teacher conferences are an important vehicle for home-school communication and family involvement in schools.To have an effective meeting with your child's teacher, prepare for the meeting by jotting down some questions beforehand, share updates with your child's teacher, and be open minded regarding the feedback you receive.

Transplanting by hand can be labor-intensive.
May 10, 2017

Stand establishment is one of the most critical steps in producing a successful crop of vegetables.

Vegetable Kebabs (Bigstock 3057844)
May 10, 2017

Have you gotten the picnic "bug" yet, with warmer weather and luxurious foliage blanketing the countryside? Try some tricks to make your picnic both food-safe and healthy!

May 10, 2017

With many places dropping below freezing early in the week, the chilly air that has been the norm for much of the early part of May will persist at least through the upcoming weekend.

May 10, 2017

As spring progresses slowly, the normal line-up of pests are active and should be kept in mind, but two pests in particular seem to be on peoples’ minds.

May 10, 2017

Above average temperatures this spring has advanced the maturity of the rye as well as other forages. Depending on the planting date and your geographic location it is time to cut rye for straw.

Image 1. Frost damage to a stand of Japanese knotweed taken 5/9/2017
May 10, 2017

Temperatures crept at or below freezing the past couple of mornings, and you may be wondering if it has caused injury in wheat and barley crops.

May 10, 2017

It’s time to make wheat fungicide decisions. Consider your growth stage and risk levels to help you make the call on products and application timing.

May 10, 2017

Before you get to the field to cut hay, learn how to properly adjust your conditioning rolls for optimum performance.

May 10, 2017

Corn planting is underway again and with many fields getting planted this week. Yield prospects should be great again.

May 10, 2017

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

May 9, 2017

Have you thought about culture lately, including your own? Working with children and families from diverse backgrounds other than the early childhood professional’s own requires continual self-reflection and learning. Children and families in early childhood education (ECE) programs are substantially diverse—whether the differences are cultural, linguistic, ability, family structure, race, religion, or socio-economic. An awareness of CLAD—cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity—is fundamental to working with children and families.