Cover crops have a host of benefits but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that. Secondly you need to plant it at the appropriate time so it has sufficient time to do what it is supposed to do. Cover crops are just like cash crops, they respond well to moderate to high fertility; a field that has low fertility will have a marginal cover crop growth as well. Fields with a manure history are excellent for cover crops.
During this hot summer, residents of lake communities and private pond owners are enjoying swimming, boating and fishing in the lake or pond. Your enjoyment of the pond or lake depends on maintaining the water quality of the pond or lake.
A Natural Gas Utilization workshop was held in State College in June 2011. The workshop focused on three areas where expanded gas use opportunities exist: industrial, power generation, and transportation and fuels. This is the last part in the series, looking at issues when looking at natural gas utilization for transportation.
Focusing on online reviews, this article provides data not only about who is reading online reviews, but also how they are responding to other's reviews. This is important because people are likely talking about your business and products on Yelp.com or on social media sites.
Finding the right farm property can be a daunting task for a beginning farmer. Landowners looking for someone to lease or purchase their property are also looking for the correct person to take over the land.
The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce a new " On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide". Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale, this guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat. While the publication is written for those in New York, much of the information is applicable in Pennsylvania.
Red, green, yellow—even purple and orange. Peppers make a colorful medley. The most common peppers are the mild, sweet, thick fleshed bell pepper; the even milder pimiento pepper; and the hotter chili and jalapeno peppers. Some gardeners include the much hotter serrano, cayenne and habenero among their favorites. Peppers may be frozen, canned, dried, pickled, marinated or made into relishes, jams or jellies.
(EPA Pesticide News Story, July 18, 2012) EPA is requiring significant reductions in application rates and mandatory buffers around sensitive sites to protect children and other bystanders who live, attend school, play, or otherwise spend time next to sites where chlorpyrifos is applied. To ensure timely implementation of the spray drift mitigation, EPA is taking steps to make sure that the new use restrictions appear on all chlorpyrifos agricultural product labels starting in late 2012.
Gluten is a protein found in grains. It is a combination of two proteins, liadin and glutenin and is found in barley, rye, and wheat. We hear a lot about eliminating wheat from the diet to reduce gluten from the diet, but not too much about reducing barley and rye
The ideal texture of a good pickle is its crispness.
The growing season is not over yet and neither is late blight!
In-season cucurbit powdery mildew management is most effective when initiated early (one powdery mildew colony per 50 leaves).
In this past week, additional outbreaks of downy mildew on cucumber have been reported in Mifflin, Union and Lancaster Counties. It is also suspected in Snyder and Montgomery Counties.
To preserve the delicate flavor of a summer favorite, can peaches when they are at the ideal stage of ripeness and select a variety that maintains its flavor and shape through the canning process. Many new varieties are available; ask the grower how a specific variety will perform. If you are canning large peaches, you may choose to use wide mouth jars to avoid bruising when placing them in the jars.
Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania is abnormally dry and about a quarter of the Commonwealth is moving into moderate drought status. The weekend rains brought some relief, mainly to the southern counties on Sunday.
The dry and hot weather has everyone concerned about corn yields across the state.
With the dry weather and unusual year we have experienced, some growers may need to harvest corn for forage earlier than normal this season. In addition, some soybeans are still receiving herbicide applications.
If corn harvest begins earlier than normal this year because of drought, herbicide selection can help dictate what rotational crops can be planted.
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Penn State Extension established the Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network again this year. This pest species has been present in Pennsylvania for at least three years now, but we have yet to receive any reports of infestations of caterpillars.