With the rain that occurred over the past month, many of us have had to mow our lawns more often. These heavy rains can also contribute to grass clippings ending up in storm water runoff. Grass clippings that are blown into the street eventually enter the street storm drain.
A look at the benefits, challenges and options of natural gas for transportation. Part 1 of a 2-part series
How can communities possibly develop when there is a shortage of resources?
Joseph Conklin, of Pittsburgh, has been named district director for Penn State Extension's District 10, which encompasses Washington, Greene and Fayette counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The appointment was effective Aug. 1.
According to the Center for Disease Control, contaminated foods cause about 3-thousand deaths a year in the United States. In response to large-scale and highly-publicized contaminations in recent years to foods like spinach and peanut butter, the government has created the Food Safety Modernization Act.
We have been informed that shipments of boxwoods from outside of PA arrived and were sold BEFORE it was discovered that there were boxwood blight-infected plants in the shipments.
Much of the equipment, technology, goods and services that drive the state's agricultural economy will be on display during Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs. The event will feature nearly 500 exhibitors and a variety of field demonstrations, giving agricultural producers a marketplace where they can learn, shop and compare, according to Bob Oberheim, Ag Progress Days manager.
Downy mildew on cucumber is now a common site across the state.
Sweet corn trap counts have been low, but damage has been reported from at least 3 sites. This could be due to weather affecting trap catch or sprays, trap placement in old corn while silking corn is nearby, or pyrethroid resistance.
No prolonged heat and humidity is foreseen in the next 8-10 days, with many days averaging 4-8 degrees below seasonal norms.
Wet weather has made hay making difficult this season. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay.
In this article Dr. Duiker lists many of the benefits of cover crops; from reducing erosion to enhancing soil quality. Performance of several species/mixtures and their seeding rates is also discussed.
This week’s insect and disease report for soybeans.
Weeds growing between rows of plastic are a common mid to late season problem. Long pre-harvest intervals often limit the herbicide choices available for weed control.
Some blackberry growers, mainly in the southeastern part of the state, have noticed fruit quality problems. This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues.
Last week, we presented information on herbicide persistence and specifically related to corn herbicides. Today we will present about soybean herbicides and some herbicides used in both corn and soybean.
Spotted wing drosophila numbers are continuing to rise, and SWD is now being found in most berry plantings in the central and southeastern parts of the state.
Work in the Cornell tomato breeding program resulted in the release of the new fresh market tomato hybrid "Iron Lady", which is sold by High Mowing Organic Seeds starting with the 2013 season. Researchers would like feedback.
The Department of the Interior has just released an online tool called Streamer. The interactive map allows you to trace a stream in either direction—upstream to its source or downstream to where it ultimately empties. It also shows statistics for the stream, such as its length, political jurisdictions it passes through (states, counties, and cities), origin elevation, and other information. A more detailed report also shows all the US Geological Survey’s stream gages for that stream. Streamer is an easy way to demonstrate where local rivers eventually end up, and what’s upstream that might be influencing your local water quality. This tool provides an easy visual way to help demonstrate the concept of a watershed. You can also use the map to show tributaries to a particular stream or river.