According to a 2010 AARP survey, nearly 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their residence for as long as possible and 80 percent believe their residence is where they will always live. These Baby Boomers "will swell the ranks of those aged 65-plus from 34.8 million in 2000 to a projected 70.3 million in 2030, ultimately representing 20 percent of the U.S. population."
The following general observations are offered to help you assess your apple crop load potential in 2013, and help you determine the appropriate action plan for chemical thinning. Close observation of your blocks may show bloom or fruit set that differs from our observations, in which case you should adjust your decision-making accordingly. Monitor your orchards for damage from this morning's freezing temperatures before making thinning decisions.
Do you have a private water well, spring or cistern? If you do, you are one of the more than one million households in Pennsylvania that rely on them! And what may surprise you is that more than 20,000 new water wells are drilled each year in this state.
Below are the latest runs of the Cornell carbohydrate model. For most regions this past weekend showed carbon deficits but not very strong. The cool weather this week predicts a carbon surplus, meaning trees will be less responsive to thinners.
Penn State Extension recently sponsored a tour of the biomass steam plant at Gutchess Hardwoods in Latrobe PA
Expect foliar diseases this spring and summer unless it stops raining and stays dry for a long period of time.
The impact that natural-gas development in deep shale formations has on rural Pennsylvania roads will be the focus of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
The 2013 season biofix for Oriental fruit moth was established on April 17, spotted tentiform leafminer on April 09, codling moth on May 06, and tufted apple bud moth on May 09. Obliquebanded leafroller adults are still not active (as of May 10).
The Cornell apple carbohydrate thinning model calculates a balance of apple tree supply to demand using the data entered from a chosen weather station. The general carbohydrate balance calculated has been found to correlate well with tree sensitivity to natural drop and with sensitivity to chemical thinners.
A Web-based Penn State Extension course designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers gain the knowledge they need to be successful has been recognized for online excellence. Beekeeping 101 was named an official honoree in the 2013 Webby Awards. The course was one of 11 honorees in the Education category.
Fire blight infection conditions forecasted for May 10 to 12 are to be moderate to high. Possible apple scab infection conditions continue through the weekend.
Recent research looking at high and low entrepreneurial communities and exploring the Startup Community activity across the country provide great insights into where to start and what it takes to sustain the effort. Fortunately improving a community’s small business ecosystem doesn’t require a great deal of funding. The resources needed are already in the community.
Are your pastures looking a little shabby this spring? If so, lack of proper soil fertility may be partially to blame. Taking the following steps will help improve soil fertility and improve the health of your pasture plants.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar focusing on low-impact development, a stormwater-management strategy designed to mitigate the impacts of increased runoff and resulting pollution.
One of the world's most mysterious insects is about to invade the skies over wooded areas in eastern Pennsylvania and other states, but an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says it's not a cause for alarm. Residents of 17 Pennsylvania counties soon will see an emergence of periodical cicadas, commonly but mistakenly called 17-year locusts.
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Every Spring horse owners go through a ritual to prepare pastures, horses and equipment for the prospect of riding and enjoying horses during warmer weather.
When traveling across the United States, each state can set different health requirements, which must be met by horses coming into these states.
Learn about the different kinds of ornamental plants that can harm horses, dogs and barn cats.
Centre County 4-H leader is recognized for her years of service and outstanding success in working with the 4-H poultry program.