Not every dead bird is necessarily a victim of West Nile Virus. It is important to remember that birds are very sensitive to their environment and can be found dead as a result of eating pesticides or fertilizers applied to yards and gardens, flying into windows or cars, falling from nests, or from a run-in with the neighborhood cat.
Recently I have been receiving a lot of requests for help finding farmland to buy or lease. I wanted share a collection of resources to help you find land and considerations to make before you rent or buy.
Supporting local 4-H programs through the Clinton County 4-H Endowment
A busy 4-H summer is beginning and that means another 4-H Summer Assistant is helping out for the summer. Help us welcome our 2013 4-H Summer Assistant. Read her introduction article...
Cucumbers, Summer Squash, and Winter Squash have a number of serious pests: cucumber beetles, squash bugs, and vine borer. Cucumber beetles also transmit bacterial wilt, squash mosaic virus, increase the incidence of powdery mildew, black rot and powdery mildew. Make sure you use cultural controls to manage these pests from the start!
Session meets DPW and Keystone Stars guidelines and all participants will receive 6 professional development credits. Act 48 Credits will also be available.
A Web-based Penn State Extension course designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers gain the knowledge they need to be successful has been recognized for online excellence.
Burning wood versus fossil fuels will eliminate 700 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere yearly, the equivalent of about 155 mid-sized cars vanishing from the highway, according to Denise Bechdel, team leader for Energy and Environment for the Penn State Small Business Development Center. Bechdel assisted a local fruit farm with grant writing and environmental consulting on installing a biomass burner to heat greenhouses for growing vegetables.
Locally, Representative Mike Reese arranged for and delivered the proclamation by Governor Tom Corbett to Penn State Extension Tobacco Prevention Unit.
Changes in forages, locations, and cows. Oh my!
National Pollinator Week is June 17 to 23, 2013. To mark the occasion, join Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County for a Butterfly Container Workshop on Saturday, June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cumberland County Extension office, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle.
The days are getting longer, temperatures warmer and everything is starting to bloom. Insects and many other creatures are also appearing more frequently as the temperature rises. Often these creatures don’t bother us, but sometimes they can become pests. Use IPM to keep pest problems from getting out of control. Below are some general tips for preventing pests and a few helpful hints to manage some common pests this time of year.
Thunderstorms tomorrow, then dry, then scattered showers over the weekend with unsettled conditions persisting next week into Memorial Day weekend.
Black cutworm moths on the rise in Pennsylvania.
Check for cold injury to wheat and barley after last nights temperatures.
Are you worried about frost injured corn?
Rusts, powdery mildew, and head scab update.
What can you do to alleviate soil compaction?
Roughstalk bluegrass is rearing it's ugly head again. Problem seems to be spreading.
Volunteer Roundup Ready corn in corn or in a replant scenario can be a challenge.