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Damage caused by heating system malfunction
May 1, 2014

Heated high tunnels and greenhouses where air pollution from the heating system is present, can damage crops. Diagnosing plant injury based on heater-generated pollutants can be confusing as the damage can mimic other symptoms and the pollutants are gases that can pool in areas of reduced air circulation.

Strawberry Pollinator
April 30, 2014

Recently, there has been a lot of press related to pollinator health, and some troubling information indicates that certain fungicides, when used during bloom, can negatively affect the health of honey bees. This is a complicated problem with the solutions relying on understanding the detailed relationships among chemicals, pollinators and pest management needs. It is not prudent to treat this topic with a broad brush with statements such as "All neonicotinoid insecticides are bad for all pollinator species," or "No fungicides should be sprayed during bloom." Research is on-going, and we do not know all of the details yet. However, there are a number of facts we do know.

A bumblebee visits a pumpkin flower (surrounded by spotted cucumber beetles)
April 30, 2014

While pumpkins and ornamental gourds require many of the same inputs throughout the growing season, some gourds require a nighttime visitor to produce.

Photo: The Dow Gardens Archive, Dow Gardens, Bugwood.org, showy forsythia, Forsythia x intermedia
April 30, 2014

As the forsythia comes into full bloom and dandelions show their beauty, one thing is certain; spring is upon us.

Red-band needle blight1:  Red-band needle blight is causing the needles of the dwarf Austrian pine (Pinus nigra ‘Hornibrookiana’) to turn brown.
April 30, 2014

Plenty of calls have filtered into Penn State Extension Offices across the state over the past several weeks on winter damaged ornamentals. Damaged plants are many and include rhododendrons, dwarf Alberta spruce, hollies, and Leland cypress.

Photo: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org, goosegrass, Eleusine indica
April 30, 2014

Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) is a summer annual grass with a very recognizable growth habit.

Photo by M. Seetin.
April 30, 2014

Recently, there has been a lot of press related to pollinator health, and some troubling information indicates that certain fungicides, when used during bloom, can negatively affect the health of honey bees. This is a complicated problem with the solutions relying on understanding the detailed relationships among chemicals, pollinators and pest management needs. It is not prudent to treat this topic with a broad brush with statements such as "All neonicotinoid insecticides are bad for all pollinator species," or "No fungicides should be sprayed during bloom." Research is on-going, and we do not know all of the details yet.

Wellsboro, PA Borough Office
April 30, 2014

A few years ago I was asked to develop a class for high school juniors that was interactive, educational, fun and focused upon the topic of Pennsylvania local government (immediate thought to self, “no way”). Is there anything more interesting than the study of PA Local Government?

Photo Credit - http://www.flickr.com/photos/designforhealth/
April 30, 2014

What’s the most important number in determining your health? Your age? Your blood pressure or cholesterol level? How about your address?

April 29, 2014

Widespread soaking rains will shutdown field work for a few days or longer across the state.

April 29, 2014

The slow start this spring will have a ripple effect and delay planting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that yields will be negatively affected.

April 29, 2014

The wind has been beneficial this spring to help dry the soil to allow field work but too much wind when you want to spray can be detrimental.

April 29, 2014

During this past winter, a series of new fact sheets were developed in a collaborative effort across the Midwest and South supported by the United Soybean Board.

April 29, 2014

Actions taken now to control Marestail in fields going into soybeans can save you some headaches and money this summer.

April 29, 2014

If it was easy we wouldn’t be talking about it. Think more about revenue than about price and your risk comfort level.

April 28, 2014

Apple scab spores continue to rapidly mature and be released. With the expected rainfall accumulations predicted for tonight to Wednesday night to be at least three inches, the stage could be set for a severe apple scab infection period. Growers are encouraged to apply a spray prior to rainfall, particularly to susceptible cultivars and areas known for high scab inoculum.

April 28, 2014

On March 31, 2014 over 90 professionals came together to share their experiences working on land and water conservation issues.