The last week of June 2012, American Horse Council, AHC, held its Annual meeting and Issues Forum in Washington DC.
Hay is the most important part of the horse’s diet and makes up 50-100% of the horse’s diet.
Regularly survey your pastures. It is important to catch and address problems early.
There are hundreds of plants in North America that can be poisonous to livestock.
In early August 2012, a horse owner in the Northern Allegheny County, Wexford, PA area reported a neurologic condition in her horse.
In Pennsylvania, nearly all counties have reports of positives for West Nile Virus. Kentucky and California have reported additional cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in resident horses, bringing the states' equine totals to five and six cases, respectively (Aug21).
High pressure will dominate the middle part of the week…rain likely on the weekend
In the late summer and fall, K especially becomes a nutrient of agronomic concern.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug populations continue to be sporadic in field crops.
Reports from the past week indicate very mild insect and disease pressure, though Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs seem to be severe in at least one field.
Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network is winding down with record numbers.
Starting out with a clean grain bin free of old, insect-infested grain is essential to getting a good start .
A reminder not to get too anxious when it comes to establishing small grain stands.
Early reports note that many hybrids are at drier whole plant moistures than anticipated by producers.
Take actions now that will enhance your small grain crop’s health this fall and into the next year.
Agriculture as we know it consists of acres upon acres of plentiful fields and perfectly aligned cash crops.
Sustainable agriculture has grown beyond a fringe movement to a concept that is embraced by an increasingly diverse group of stakeholders. Although there are many positive aspects to this growth, the sustainable agriculture message has become somewhat diluted, in part through appropriation of the term by a broad array of special interest groups. The goal of the “Building Capacity and the Voice for a Stronger Sustainable Agriculture Movement” workshop at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s 21st Annual Farming for the Future Conference was to examine the current situation and craft an inclusive message to promote agriculture that is environmentally sound, profitable, and supports communities.
Sustainable cropping systems research and extension has gained momentum at Penn State with the ‘Triad’ projects collaborating to host the 2nd Annual Sustainable Cropping Systems Triad Symposium and the Strategies for Soil Health and Nutrient Conservation Research Tour in recent months.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The itch of a mosquito bite is one of the common nuisances of summer. But with mosquito populations seemingly exploding this year -- and cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus reaching unprecedented numbers nationally -- it's a good idea to take a few simple precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten, says an urban entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Harvest is fast approaching and the weather has changed from warm and dry to warm and wet. This presents particular danger for fruit rots (sour, ripe, bitter, botrytis), powdery mildew and especially downy mildew. The alert should be up for all of these and hopefully the necessary measures (canopy, crop and disease and insect management) were taken throughout the year. These conditions remind growers of the necessary up front viticultural investment needed to secure a high quality grape crop in the fall.