After the chilliest November in 12 years and the driest one in 90 years, December will bring a different flavor of weather conditions with mild conditions and more frequent showers.
If conditions are right, aphid population growth can be strong and economically damaging populations may develop. Dr. John Tooker reviews aphid concerns to watch for in winter grains, and hay fields.
Is your cover crop an assortment of winter annual weeds? Del Voight discusses getting a jump on your herbicide program with the pros, cons and recommendations of apply herbicides at this time of year.
Dr Greg Roth tells us that in general, the corn (grain and silage) and soybean yield testing programs have very good data and show some interesting trends. One of these is the trend toward early planted short season soybeans yielding exceptionally well.
Three late and wet fall planting seasons in a row. What is the penalty for planting wheat and other small grains after their recommended dates?
Did you now that 20% of crop fields lack a current soil test? Del Voight discusses the importance of taking a test and how to properly sample a field.
Interested in new herbicides for your farm? Curious about how your selected products are performing against others? Data from numerous Penn State herbicide trials will go live later this week. One trial of particular interest to many is the On-farm study of ALS-resistant chickweed in barley.
Jeff Graybill, Editor (Lancaster), Jennifer Bratthauar (Franklin), Mike Fournier (Bucks), Andrew Frankenfield (Montgomery), Mena Hautau (Berks), Mark Madden (Bradford/Sullivan), Dwane Miller (Schuylkill), John Rowehl (York), Nicole Santangelo (McKean/Potter), Del Voight (Lebanon). University Park Faculty and Staff: Bill Curran, Sjoerd Duiker, Marvin Hall, Greg Roth, John Tooker, and Lisa Crytser
Annie E. Casey Foundation report on kinship care
With the holiday hoopla surrounding us, you may think the gift-giving will soon be over. To have a really successful new year, why not give yourself and your family the best gift of all- good health?
In this month's blog entry John Turack ponders the importance of plans, planning processes, and who is best suited or equipped to plan.
Rural Public Water Supplies face many problems and it has been my experience that solutions are always better, the more people you involve in their creation.
Tomato growers reported a new insect pest this season, the Yellow Striped Armyworm.
The harlequin bug is an important insect pest of cabbage and related crops in the southern half of the United States. Recently it has been reported more frequently in southeastern Pennsylvania. Penn State Extension entomologist Shelby Fleischer and colleagues would like to learn from growers if it and other related true bug species are a problem in your fields.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 –U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic growers in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducted the survey for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to help refine federal crop insurance products for organic producers.
With five times as many farmers over 55 than under 35 and more than a thousand farmers planning to retire in Pennsylvania in the next ten years; we need new farmers to feed the world local food. In 2009 Penn State Extension launched the Start Farming Program, responding to the need for new farmers and an overwhelming interest in farm start-up from community members. After three years, thirteen hundred participants in fifty three Penn State Extension Start Farming programs have learned tools for success.
There is an affordable way to guarantee income flow from your farm operation. The key is to be certain your farm has a recognized record keeping system in place. Historical farm performance is the basis for your guarantee.
Recipes for canning breads and cakes in canning jars appear in newspapers, books, magazines, on television and on the web. While they look attractive and are unique for gift giving, these products are not shelf-stable and cannot be safely stored at room temperature. Canned breads and cakes are typically made by pouring batter into glass canning jars and baking them in the oven. Once the cake or bread is done, the steaming jars are taken out of the oven and then sealed and cooled to create a vacuum. Many recipes claim that they can be stored without refrigeration for about a year. Some say they will keep indefinitely.