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.
The manner in which fresh potatoes are stored will impact their quality.
Droughts can be a stressful time for rural homeowners and farmers who rely on groundwater wells for a water supply. The availability of water underground is often invisible to the homeowner creating nervousness about whether the water supply will continue to meet the water needs of the home or farm.
EPA has released a new technical resource to improve stream assessment and restoration for watershed practitioners.
It is important to use on-site monitoring information in deciding if additional pesticide applications are necessary. Due to the unusual weather pattern this season, some of the commonly used developmental models (e.g., egg hatch models) are not fully reliable indicators of the actual situation in orchards. Properly maintained pheromone traps for our common lepidopteran pests are the best and most accurate tools to assess the need for management activities. Late in the season when trees are bigger, the volume of water per acre should often be increased. Even the most efficacious pest management products will not work if coverage is not sufficient.
This is intended to remind to all Pennsylvania berry growers that spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is present across the state. In some situations, SWD adults are being found in very large numbers and the number of larvae in berries has resulted in a cessation of harvest. With the primocane-fruiting raspberry harvest either just getting underway or being about to start in some locations, growers should be vigilant about watching for SWD. Even if only a few adults are found, sprays may be needed. Fruit should definitely be checked for larvae (see photo).
It’s been a tough year for a lot of growers. It started with a wet spring followed by many areas of the state experiencing drought from late June through mid-July. Then when the rains returned the stressed plants were susceptible to disease. I’ve heard several growers say recently they are looking forward to this year being over. Before you mentally put 2012 behind you be sure to finish strong.
Dr. Hovingh was awarded the Animal Welfare Advocacy Award by the PVMA. He was recognized for his leadership role in developing effective dairy welfare programs, addressing pain management issues in livestock, and for serving as an instructor for dairy welfare programs both nationally and internationally.
Perspectives on the dangers of keeping bulls on the farm and alternatives that can help keep you, your family, and your employees safe.
New research from the University of Minnesota confirms that colostrum pasteurization can be successful on commercial dairy farms.
In late summer and early fall, the talk of pricing standing corn for corn silage always seems to come up in conversation. Most look for a simple conversion from the current cost of grain corn to the value for corn silage. Unfortunately, in today’s economic environment, taking a little time to look at the factors involved with pricing corn silage from standing corn will help both the buyer and seller reach a fair price. Consider the price from each perspective, grain grower and forage buyer.
There is a lot of talk and hype these days about dietary protein. Some people think you need to eat more or take protein supplements for a healthy diet.
Grapes are one of the higher acid fruits and so are easy to preserve. Hot grape juice only needs to be processed for 5 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator and Blogger John Turack summarizes his thoughts on working at the 4-H Youth Building. The Extension Economic and Community Development Team presented "My Community: What's the Plan?" at this year's event.
One of the best management tools in an integrated pest management program is using resistant varieties.
To can or to freeze?That's the eternal question many home cooks face at this time of year when summer's bounty stands ready to go into storage.If you want those pretty fruits and vegetables you lovingly plucked from your home garden — or from the table at the local farm market — to reappear all fresh and tasty at midwinter you'll need to decide whether they're headed into freezer bags or mason jars.
Mostly dry through early next week, but then the chance for rainfall from tropical storm Isaac.
Penn State Extension Educator John Berry offers some grain marketing advice.
We welcome a new extension educator to Western PA.
There are a number of factors to consider in assessing how to price corn for silage or grain.