Thomas G. Ford, Commercial Horticulture Educator, Penn State Extension, Cambria County - Garlic growers in Canada and several northeastern states have seen crop losses of 80-90% in sections of fields infested with the stem/bloat nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci).
2011-12 4-H County Council members elect officers.
Members of the Bucks County 4-H Sheep Club* with the help of Molly Scheetz representing the 4-H Pig and Poultry club donated and delivered valuable protein in the form of lamb, pork, chicken and other food items to the New Britain Food Larder in learning how to reach out and help others in their community.
the November 4-H Newsletter is now available
Almost 300 individuals attended the recent 4-H Recognition Dinner held at the Berlin Community Building on October 20, 2011.
There has been quite a bit written in the news regarding bacterial contamination in our foods. When we read these articles, we are reminded of the fact that we in agriculture play a key part in keeping our food safe.
Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County plant and maintain demonstration gardens in both North and South Parks. The primary purpose of the display beds is to showcase plants that perform well in local soils and climate with minimal maintenance. The plants are evaluated during the growing season and rated on a scale from 1 to 5. A rating of 1 indicates that the plant did not perform well and may have succumbed to death due to environmental, insect or disease problems. Plants that earned a score of 5 are considered outstanding performers. They bloomed throughout the summer until frost. They were not damaged by either insects or diseases, and tolerated fluctuations in temperature, as well as excessive spring and late summer rain. All plants are deer resistant, unless otherwise noted.
Cumberland County 4-H is preparing for its annual 4-H Overnight Lock-In, scheduled for November 4-5! The Lock-In will be held at Big Spring High School in Newville. Registration Deadline has been extended until October 28th!
In 1933 and 1934, nearly 50 million people flocked to the World’s Fair in Chicago to celebrate a “Century of Progress”. Visitors eagerly toured the agricultural building that showcased innovations and ideas for the future, like new designs for corn planters, harrows, and engines. How far have we come since then?
It’s that time of year when plans are in progress for the upcoming holiday feasts. If you are the cook, here are a few tips to ensure a safe, delicious meal.
PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, completed an illegal dump clean up on West Eldred Road in Eldred Township on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Crop load management is one of the most important orchard cultural programs. Small fruit do not have a strong market and the effects of less return bloom following a heavy crop can affect overall profitability. During a crop load management workshop on December 20th, special guest presenter, Dr. Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts, and Penn State pomology faculty will discuss new models and tools to use in assessing when and how much to thin apples. Each participant will receive a limb caliper disk (Equilifruit disk) to use in assessing optimum apple crop load as well as training on using the Lakso carbon balance model to predict the effect of weather on plant growth regulator efficacy. To register, click on the workshop link under events or call 877-489-1398 (toll free).
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.
Penn State Extension in Pike County salutes the work of our dedicated 4-H Leaders during the past year. They are volunteers that provide quality programs for the youth enrolled in 4-H in Pike County.
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.
You Can Become Certified Too! Three Penn State Master Gardeners in Susquehanna County have recently had their pollinator gardens officially certified by Penn State as a “Pollinator Friendly Garden.” Rosi Barnhart, Friendsville; Shirley Krayeski, Springville and Judith Marsh (Master Gardener Apprentice), Uniondale all were certified this year.
The fourth in this five-part program to help local businesses understand and take advantage of opportunities arising from the development of the Marcellus Shale will be held Monday, October 24th
Are brown marmorated stink bugs massing outside your home, ready to come inside for the winter? Mike Raupp, the “Bug Guy” at University of Maryland Extension, has created a short video on the best methods of excluding and executing stink bugs. Visit http://www.hgic.umd.edu/content/brownstinkbug.cfm and click on the link to his new YouTube video.