Researchers at Cornell University have been working on the problem of soil quality or soil health for many years, and have recently established a soil health testing program for farmers in the Northeast. This summer, two western Pennsylvania vegetable producers cooperated with me in trying out this program. Details about the testing service as well as a very comprehensive manual on all aspects of soil health can be found at http://soilhealth.cals.cornell.edu. (Note that Dr. Beth Gugino, lead author of this manual, is now at Penn State).
So what’s the deal with bottled water? Is it safe? Is it better than my tap water? Is it worth the high cost? The last question will have to be answered by you. However, here are some facts about bottled water to help you in determining that answer.
Many areas of Pennsylvania farmland have been affected by the recent flooding. Since the epic rain events much of the flood waters have receded and revealed a real headache for growers. This article summarizes information from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Texas A & M University, and Cornell University to assist in repairing fields to their original productive state.
The ability of energy developers to drill multiple natural gas wells from a single location (or “pad”) has been touted as a major technological breakthrough driving natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale.
Parasite control is an important component of all equine health care programs. However, it is no longer enough to simply pull out a tube of dewormer and treat your horses every eight weeks.
Your management over your sheep flock does impact the number of lambs your ewe produces each season. What can you do to ensure your ewes lamb twins this breeding season? Read on to find out more.
Vol. 11, No. 3, Summer 2011. Topics include: library-based activities in Allegheny county, an intergenerational games event at Mt. Lebanon Village, an award-winning shared site program at the Lutheran Home at Kane, and Grandparents Day celebrations in Philadelphia.
The Allegheny County Library Association has initiated programs aimed at bringing together older and younger people for purposeful and intentional intergenerational experiences.
Most horse owners may not be aware that various yard waste “trimmings” can be toxic to horses and other livestock. In urban areas, neighboring homeowners are not aware that certain yard vegetative plants tossed over the fence can be deadly when consumed by horses. It is always a good idea to establish a good acquaintance with your neighbors and educate them to the toxic affect yard waste may have on horses and other livestock.
Both the hunter and horse owner need to learn to balance the equation of the necessity and right of the hunter to maintain the PA deer population and the right of a property owner to safely maintain their property that is the environment for their horses.
As I watched the news showing the devastation of the flooding I couldn’t help but wonder how my horse friends endured this disaster. If they evacuated were they able to take their horse companions with them? If they stayed to brave the flooding were their horses stabled safe and secure? If they did survive the flooding what issues did they face during “barn clean-up?” All these questions made me wonder… Do I have my own disaster plan for my family, home and equine companions?
Four research teams in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently were awarded a total of more than $1.4 million in Conservation Innovation Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grants will fund research aimed at developing innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address existing and emerging natural-resource issues.
Excessive rainfall, as experienced in the past months, can both benefit and hinder horse owners in managing farm systems and animal well-being. Unfortunately, for the horse owner, persistent and large amounts of rainfall often present challenges that are both a nuisance and health concerns for equine.
DuPont has issued their official guidelines for replanting trees where Imprelis was applied in 2011.
National Grandparents Day celebrations in Philadelphia. From the 15th Annual Grandparents Day Dinner held by Grands as Parents to a Legislative Roundtable with Senator Anthony H. Williams hosted by Turning Points for Children.
Do you purchase hay for your livestock or produce your own hay? Learn to visually identify some quality indicators in hay.
The storms and floods we have experienced this past summer have damaged many properties across Pennsylvania. As a private land owner, your storm damage management should involve a quick assessment to determine the extent of the damage and what management efforts are needed to restore your land.
Mt. Lebanon Village held its annual intergenerational summer games on August 13th. Activities included a one-mile run/walk, zumba, tai chi, soccer, checkers, chess and a picnic.The games provide a chance to exercise, raise money for and increase awareness of Mt. Lebanon Village.
The Generations United (GU) Intergenerational Shared Site Award honors an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to uniting the generations through intergenerational shared sites (also know as age-integrated facilities). The 2011 award winner, is the Lutheran Home at Kane, PA.
A review of an economic impact study conducted by the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center (MSETC)