Tips from experienced farmers Jim Crawford, New Morning Farm and Paul and Sandy Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm on labor, a farm’s biggest expense.
How do you demonstrate your love of the forest?
Summer weather is here and many local farm markets have opened for the season. More and more folks are raising produce on their land and selling it at these farm markets.
One of America's most widespread & costly environmental problems is excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water. Visit the EPA Nutrient Pollution website to learn more.
Take a quick glance through a farmer’s market and you will see a ray of yellows and greens squashes. Squash are low in calorie, yet are high in fiber and vitamin C. One half of a medium squash (3.5 oz) is only 20 calories without added sauces!
Penn State Extension, Chester County is seeking an individual who will be a member of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Economic/Community Development State Extension Team providing education related to farm management.
EPA supports State of Wyoming in further water quality studies in Pavillion while it will continue with its national research program on hydraulic fracturing
New household products are continuously popping up on the consumer market. While these products might provide innovative solutions in your home, it's important to be conscious of how these new products could be mistaken for something consumable, resulting in an accidental poisoning.
By 2030, one quarter of licensed drivers in the United States will be over the age of 65. When older adults need to limit or stop driving, they can experience a drastic decline in mobility. Reduced mobility can put an older person at higher risk of poor health, isolation, and loneliness.
BMSB adults as well as second and third instar nymphs were found feeding on fruit (mostly peaches and nectarines). If BMSB nymphs are spotted, the control treatment is needed immediately. While adult BMSB can continuously move in and out from any orchard, BMSB nymphs are resident pests and will continue feeding (and damaging fruit) for a consecutive 4 to 6 weeks. During the last week Japanese beetles (JB) were observed feeding in orchards located in southern Pennsylvania. Materials recommended for the control of brown marmorated stink bug should also provide effective control of JB.
Harrisburg Rumblings, Leave Nothing On The Table, New Intern Joins Team, Reminders
The closest confirmation of late blight is still in West Virginia.
Early blight as well as Septoria leaf spot (only tomato) are two diseases that we see to varying degrees every year. The use of disease forecasting models can help time fungicide applications as well as gain a better understanding of the environmental conditions that are conducive to disease development.
Ten people from Potter and McKean Counties were recently certified as new SFP facilitators.
Community controversy can be a wonderful thing. Really. But very few of us see it that way. For most local governments, public agencies or community organizations, the idea of a public discussion on a controversial topic is painful. So painful that instead of seizing the opportunity, we tend to pull the figurative sheet over our heads and just hope everyone will go away.
Earworm shows up early in 2013
The surplus from last week's repetitive showers have brought many of the eastern counties back to average rainfall for the season, however a quilt work of deficits remain over the western half of Pennsylvania as showers continue to dodge the north central mountains and parts of the Laurel Highlands.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.