Well now that you are growing an herb garden, what will you do with all of its wonderful production? Even for those of us who regularly use the fresh herbs in season to prepare our meals, we still want to preserve some of each of them for winter use.
Finally, this spring, those unwelcome guests left our homes for their final fling – a picnic, a romantic interlude, a deposit of eggs, and then death. The question now looming is how to keep the next generation of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) from destroying the fruits of our garden labor and, like the bad penny that always turns up, again invading our homes this fall.
This year, professional turfgrass managers from Iowa to New Jersey experienced damage to certain tree species (primarily Norway spruce and white pine) following spring applications of a new herbicide called Imprelis.
Going green on your horse farm is not difficult or expensive. You may already be doing environmentally friendly methods of horse-keeping and just need to make some adjustments. This is part one of a two-part series. Part one: Clean Water and Manure Management
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has officially confirmed TCD in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
A synopsis on the settlement
Running a business is often challenging. Running a business that depends heavily on the weather can add to this challenge. Later, if we do get time to actually spend a significant amount of management effort on analyzing how our year went – we are much better equipped to make informed and meaningful decisions if we have taken a few moments now to think, analyze and record “how’s it going this season?”
Pasturing horses is the most economical and easiest way to feed. The most difficult thing about pasturing horses is their grazing behavior. Horses have two grazing habits that can make pasture management difficult. They are highly selective grazers, choosing some grasses or areas to graze heavily while avoiding others. They are close grazers, leaving very little of the grass above the soil surface.
A listing of common trees that maybe potentially hazardous to horses.
Prevent the possible spread of health risks like EHV by following the biosecurity measures listed in the article.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed its Animal Disease Traceability program as a replacement for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
By 2020 half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones, making us at a higher risk for fractures. One in every five people with a hip fracture ends up in a nursing home. But, increasing age does not necessarily mean a decline in physical fitness thanks to programs like the StrongWomen™ Program. Developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson at Tufts University and delivered by Penn State Extension, this community based strength training program puts scientific research into practical application. Dramatic improvements in age associated conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and weight gain are being reported as a result of the program.
Although logging conditions were good, higher fuel prices along with a flat economy didn’t help the timber market. The western parts of the state see prices keep slipping while in the Northeast prices are a mixed bag. The only signs of higher than last quarter stumpage prices are in the Southeast where prices crept up. However, there is still a long way to go to get back to pre-recession price ranges.
Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) was confirmed last month in Adams County by researchers from Penn State and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. SWD is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops, reports Dr. David Biddinger, entomologist at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center. “The greatest potential for damage is probably to the many types of berry crops. ”
A new website for producers experiencing drought conditions.
I hope that you and your crops successfully made it through the last heat wave. We managed to keep the crops in our research plots well watered. As it turned out, this wasn't easy because a gasket blew in our sand filter at the beginning of the heat wave. Fortunately, we have colleagues, who are also good friends that allow us to use their sand filters until we got a replacement gasket. This article is about how high temperatures, like those of the heat wave, can affect crop yield and quality.
I don't know what location you're thinking, but I was thinking Florida or Arkansas, or some other point South (maybe). It sure doesn't feel like Pennsylvania. The growing season started out with us having our last frost in central Pennsylvania in March (really!!). That was followed by cool temperatures and constant rain which gave diseases a leg up, and then scorching temperatures and a rain-free month to make sure the insects could multiply at breakneck speed, all while the plants just sat there and accumulated symptoms. Here are a few of the newer problems we're seeing this month:
It is important to pay attention to the weather for a variety of reasons. Most growers pay attention to rain events to better time pesticide sprays. Some herbicides need a rain event to activate the product in the soil. At other times, an upcoming rain event may delay a spray as fungicides or insecticides can wash off. An equally important factor to take into consideration is temperature.
Now that spotted wing drosophila has been found in Pennsylvania (see news release at http://extension.psu.edu/ipm) at low populations, the question becomes what, if anything, should growers do about it? Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), a species of fruit fly, is problematic because tiny larvae or pupae of this pest can be present in the fruit when harvested, unlike immatures of other fruit flies. We really don’t know how high populations will become in Pennsylvania, but the risk to fruit crops will likely become greater as the season goes on. In other areas of the country where this pest is already well-established, fall raspberries and blackberries have probably suffered the most damage. Blueberries and summer raspberries have also had issues though to a lesser extent, and strawberries have probably been the least affected. An additional note of caution: So far in PA, most SWD were found in small fruit plantings near cherries, the crop in which SWD was first found, so growers with cherries nearby may want to be keep an eye out for SWD. Whether this is likely to be the situation in future years or not is not known. Management options will vary by crop, and are outlined below.
Livestock farms use nutrient management plans to match nutrient application on fields to crop removal of nutrients. This planning effort is an important part of maintaining productivity and environmental quality for these producers.