This week’s insect and disease report for soybean - Sponsored by the PA Soybean Board.
The return to wet humid conditions has primed many PA corn fields for an increase in disease pressure. Now is a critical time to walk your fields, assessing disease severity and not only planning for harvest but also looking towards next year.
Hopefully you’re still not needing to control weeds in corn and soybean, but if you are....
Locust leafminer and fall webworm are active in Pennsylvania's forests. What do these insects' activities mean to the trees they impact?
Equipment is expensive. But often it can pay for itself quickly if you get the right piece for your farm. We would like to share a few considerations and tips we have learned through a recent equipment demonstration at The Seed Farm New Farmer Training and Incubator Program in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, as well as from our wonderful farmer neighbors and a few good resources.
This past season there were many issues regarding the new crop insurance regulations regarding fresh and processing production and the documentation needed to verify production of each. Many of you have already filed claims this year for hail damage and hopefully, this year is going much better than the past year. Here are some changes for the 2012 season that may be beneficial to you when filing claims should they become necessary.
Penn State has partnered with other land grant institutions to develop a new farm-safety section for a national agriculture website created by cooperative extension agents. The online resource covers critical agriculture safety questions, such as grain bin entrapments, cattle hauling, ATV safety and confined space hazards.
If you are unable to be lucky enough or willing to pay the money for the development of your own farm app, a great way to replicate some of the functions is through the use of QR codes. Many area markets are starting to add these codes to their value added product labels, door stickers and the backs of their business cards. When incorporated correctly, meaning printed in a clear and easy to identify fashion, these codes can be used as another quick method to direct customers to your website.
A new program designed to provide a helping hand for beginning farmers is set to debut in the coming year.
Carpinus caroliniana is a native understory tree in eastern North America, ranging from eastern Canada south to Florida and west to Texas.
Landscapes don't pop if everything is green, so designers add different colors and textures in the form of perennials, trees, and shrubs.
The emerald ash borer continues its march across Pennsylvania, with infestations discovered in five more counties in 2012, bringing the number of Pennsylvania counties with confirmed emerald ash borer infestations to 27.
One of the biggest challenges we face in the Plant Disease Clinic is trying to diagnose samples that consist of plant material that is too small, badly decayed, or that comes with only a small amount of information.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) reports that boxwood blight has been confirmed on a planting of pachysandra in a landscape where new boxwood plants had been installed in May 2012.
The Allegheny County Extension Office has received numerous calls and emails from landscapers and home gardeners alike wondering what is happening to impatiens this summer.
Fruit roll-ups make a tasty, chewy sweet treat.
The use of cover crops on the farm can slow erosion, improve soil quality, enhance nutrient retention, aide in moisture retention and compete against weeds. These benefits, and many others, are well understood by a growing number of notill and reduced-tillage producers in Pennsylvania who pay particular attention to their soils and off-site impacts.
This week's guest blog was written by Tom Smith, West Nile Virus Program Administrator, in the Penn State York County Extension Office.
Articles in this issue of the Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter focus on kinship care from a global perspective and an intergenerational reading program that has taken root in Hershey, PA. The newsletter also continues in the tradition of providing highlights of new intergenerational (engagement) resources, reports, conferences, and program innovation.