Trilliums (Trill-ee-um) have three petals and three leaves and are easy to recognize once they emerge and bloom. They live long and are easy to grow in the right conditions.
What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time many areas were in full bloom or past full bloom on many tree fruit species. I was down at FREC the first week of April to see peaches in full bloom. At Rock Springs we had apples, peaches, and sweet cherries all come into full bloom around the 20th of April. Thankfully, this year, bloom seems to be a little bit closer to our normal time. (We will be applying our Bordeaux spray tomorrow.) If you remember last year you will also remember that we did have some cold weather later in May around the 8th and 9th. In many cases this caused damage to the young developing fruit. Hopefully, this type of late frost/cold temperature situation will not repeat itself. The hardest hit areas seemed to be the western and northern portions of the state. While most of you do not have provisions for frost protection, it is still useful to review temperatures that can cause damage to flowers. The table at the end of this article is from the current Tree Fruit Production Guide and can serve as a guide on what to expect should temperatures get close to freezing.
Today at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, mature apple scab ascospore capture met the threshold level.
Now is the time to get into your gardens and cut back perennials and grasses to the ground, check out what plants survived the winter and divide those vigorous ones that are ‘out of control’.
Are you looking for an excellent, hands-on curriculum to teach youth about water? Consider using the Pennsylvania 4-H Program’s Water Project Series.
The virtualorchard.net apple crop list-serve has been hosting interesting discussions on the use of delayed-dormant oil sprays. Here is a summary of considerations posted today by Dr. Art Agnello.
A new publication in the popular From the Woods series, titled Wildfire, focuses on fire in the Eastern forest. An overview of eastern fires, how to protect your home and property, and the benefits of controlled fires are covered.
Check out the wide variety of sustainable agriculture events organized by Penn State, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network, and others.
Organic milk, meat, poultry and eggs represent some of the fastest growing sectors of the organic market. Because agricultural feed ingredients in the diets of certified livestock must be organically produced, continued growth in the retail market has resulted in increasing demand for organic feed grains. Many organic producers in Pennsylvania produce feed grains for their own livestock or dairy operations. There are also off-farm marketing options for organic grain producers, including direct to local organic livestock producers, organic feed manufacturers, co-ops, brokers and merchandisers, with or without an advance contract. Typically, there is a price premium for organic feed grains. In the past, prices for organic feed grains have reached 50 to 150% above conventional prices.
As a leading cause of foodborne illnesses, fresh fruits and vegetables have received national attention, recently highlighted by the Food Safety Modernization Act which was signed into law in early 2011 by President Obama. Through this law, the Food and Drug Administration will establish mandatory minimum standards, called Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), based on known safety risks for the safe production and harvesting of produce. To verify compliance with GAPs, growers are expected to apply for and pass a fee-based independent, third-party audit. The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most recent example of increasing expectations for on-farm food safety practices. Prior to this public regulation, some supermarkets had already been implementing policies that required their produce suppliers to provide evidence of GAP compliance as a condition of purchase.
An active sustainable agriculture research and extension community has been quietly growing in size at Penn State University. This was evident on the afternoon of February 25th when faculty, cooperative extension, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students came together to meet one other, share ideas, and discuss ways to foster collaboration between three groups working on sustainable cropping systems research and extension projects.
On February 11th, the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group hosted Tom Beddard, founder and president of Lady Moon Farms, as the fourth speaker in the Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series. The man behind Lady Moon Farms is as enthusiastic as they come; and even after 22 years, you can clearly see the joy that farming brings him. His seminar was as much about life as it was organic farming, and that only made his story more compelling.
Many landowners are being approached to lease land for surface use for infrastructure. What should a landowner be aware of? Here are some items to consider
Working soil that is too wet results in soil compaction. Learn how to test your soil to see whether it is too wet to till or plant.
Catsear (Hypochaeris radicata or Hypochoeris radicata), also known as flatweed, cat's ear or false dandelion, is a perennial, low-lying herb often found in lawn.
When you feed your horse, take into account its age, weight, work and growth to determine its diet. Some horses are easier to feed and require fewer nutrients than others. Other horses are very difficult to feed and require special attention. It is important to know how to feed your horse and to make sure it gets all the nutrients it needs.
It has been said that art and science are combined to determine the best feeding program for your horse.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's equine hospital is under a voluntary quarantine after confirming a case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).
Welcome to the online version of the Woody Ornamental Pest Update. Here you will find the same information that you used to receive in the e-mailed version, with updates posted regularly.
Lancaster Farming's Chris Torres joined 54 aspiring and beginning food business owners for an education in business basics at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl. Get the scoop from last weekend's article!