A new growth spreadsheet that generates a customized growth curve for an individual herd based on that herd’s goal for age at first calving and the mature size of animals in the herd. Using this tool, you will be able to tell at every step of the way whether heifers are on track to calve at the right size and age, eliminating the delay that comes with not measuring heifer performance until first calving.
We can't control the weather, but we can make management changes to improve calf comfort and performance as the mercury rises.
A growing population and increased incomes from an economic boom are the driving forces behind a surge in dairy product demand in India. One key to the success of recent consumption trends has been an American standby: the refrigerator.
On-farm milk culture is a tool that can help you reduce the amount of antibiotics being used, decrease costs associated with clinical mastitis, and increase milk quality and profitability.
Commodity feeding can be a money saving or money losing game, and each farm needs to look at their numbers and make that decision for their operation.
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday amended and reported out legislation authorizing the state to set standards for the construction of drinking water wells.
Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) is a garden-lover’s dream when the planting site is hostile to more well-behaved horticultural selections. Think ahead, for in fertile soils and confined spaces, this rhizomatous perennial primrose family member can spread as quickly as bamboo to dominate the site!
Many municipalities and community-benefit organizations depend on volunteers to fill important roles. However, many people believe it's getting more difficult to recruit volunteers to help communities.
Learn why eating more rice will improve your health by lowering your risk for high blood pressure and improve blood glucose control if you have diabetes. Rice is a great grain choice for gluten-free diets.
Brown marmorated stink bug movement away from overwintering shelters is finally completed. BMSB adults are observed feeding on stone and pome fruit. The first egg masses and second instar nymphs were found during our weekly orchard observations. If BMSB nymphs are spotted, a control treatment is needed immediately. First generation codling moth (CM) flight continues in all areas across Pennsylvania. If pheromone trap captures indicate strong continuous CM flight, third applications of control materials will be needed. The second or third treatment of insecticides for the control of codling moth should also effectively control tufted apple bud moth (TABM) larvae. No Oriental fruit moth (OFM) control is required at this time.
Do you plan to direct market? With only $0.18 of every dollar spent on food going to the farmer, direct marketing might help you capture more cents toward your farm revenue. However, as a food retailer you will be responsible for a potentially longish list of regulations and regulators. This brief article will start you thinking about who to contact and what rules might apply to your Pennsylvania farm.
The primary infection period for apple scab is nearing an end. Scab sources are still being sought in the region for fungicide resistance studies. Included is a thank you note to the attendees of the Spring Meetings.
The 2012 Farm and Agricultural Fatalities data is now available.
Moist and unsettled conditions for much of the state likely to prevail through the week and into next.
The PA Soybean Promotion Board supports Extension’s efforts to assist producers make informed decisions.
Identifying young pigweed species is challenging but a key skill for top crop managers.
Determination from NRCS clarifies crop insurance issues nationally and points to some opportunity in Pennsylvania.
Preservative applicators likely worth the effort and expense to save the harvest.
Yield and quality assessments important as producers anticipate harvest and marketing of the crop.
Monitoring networks and field observations around the state help fine-tune scouting activities.