Chester County 4-H is offering strawberry plants for sale in several different varieties. Orders are due in the Extension office by March 26.
There are reports noting that in the sunny South, they are finding a lot of downy mildew on various plants...already!
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country and celebrates agriculture as Pennsylvania’s number-one industry.
Apple trees that are not pruned for several years, will often produce so many branches that little energy is left for fruit production. Overgrown apple trees are also difficult to harvest and spray. Gardeners who have such a tree are often at a loss as to how to get it back in shape.
One of the most neglected tools for vegetable gardeners is a soil thermometer. Soil temperature is a much better measure of when to plant than air temperature or the calendar. Planting when soil is too cool can cause seeds to rot and transplants to sit there.
Vernal ponds are a significant component of Pennsylvania's natural heritage and provide critical habitat for a unique set of species adapted to seasonal wet and dry periods such as salamanders, frogs, and fairy shrimp.
Do you enjoy seeing wildlife? Do you have lots of smaller diameter low-value trees on your property? If so, constructing brush piles is for you...
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is receiving reports from various segments of the agribusiness community related to unusually high levels of the mycotoxin DON (deoxynivalenol) in this year’s corn crop.
Through funding from the NE-SARE, this workshop has been designed to train participants throughout the Northeast in the identification, assessment and management of soilborne pathogens and to provide resources that can be used on-farm and in various outreach activities.
This week's article is the first of a three-part series discussing liquified natural gas
For many people, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Life seems so chaotic. How can we simplify things so we can enjoy life more...
Do you enjoy seeing wildlife? Do you have lots of smaller diameter low-value trees on your property? If so, constructing brush piles is for you. They are a great way to increase numbers of many kinds of small game and non-game species...
This is the first quarter in while where on average most individual species prices have nudged upward since the previous quarter. The increase is minimal but it does suggest some stability in the markets as the trend is positive. Factors for this up tick include rebuilding low inventories, higher bids on public lands, and stronger export markets. Higher grade lumber is still relatively weak compared to other products.
I had the benefit of hearing Dr Doug Beegle from Penn State speak recently about soil testing and interpretation at the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference. If you did not take a soil test last fall and are gearing up to test this spring, you might be interested in the following tips.
Penn State Extension and the Penn State Department of Horticulture are excited to announce the All-Day Strawberry/ Bramble School. This school covers everything you wanted to know about strawberry, raspberry and blackberry production in a one intensive day. Topics that will be covered include basics of production; variety performance; disease, insect, and weed management; fertility; high tunnel raspberry production; considerations for organic production; and marketing pointers.
Pest management for vegetable transplant production is an integrated process and includes sanitation, sound cultural practices, the use of resistant cultivars (where possible) and finally, proper use of the correct pesticide. Your pest management program should be starting now in the greenhouse.
All of the tomatoes noted below were from the planting in the Haygrove Super Solo high tunnel at the Penn State Southeast Research and Extension Center (Landisville Farm). They were replicated twice within the tunnel. If one of the tomato plots was in an outside row, the other was inside. If one tomato plot was at or near the end, the other was closer to the center. The tasting comments come from the annual tomato tasting held at the Franklin County Extension Office in late-August.
Initiated by a "see through" casing, the study revealed some surprises. All grouts work as expected below the water table. Above the water table grouts vary in their ability to keep surface contaminants from penetrating the aquifer. The two most successful grouts to date were cement-sand and chip bentonite. The study is continuing.
Topics covered in this issue include: Soil Compaction Management; New Reports Available for 2011 Forage Trials and PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Test Report (2011 Results)
Weeds in the winter?! Oh Yes! Weeds come in 3 growing types; perennial, biennial and annual (summer annual and winter annual). It's January and I am hunting winter annual weeds!