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April 16, 2014

The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Area Council developed the “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” to help reduce the confusion experienced by both farmers and employees participating in internship and apprenticeship opportunities.

April 15, 2014

The growing season has yet to begin, but some potential improvement possible towards the end of the month.

April 15, 2014

Profitability is a great way of ensuring long term economic viability for our farm and family.

April 15, 2014

A 2013 study suggested that US EPA estimates of methane production underestimated true emissions. Penn State scientists collaborated with other experts to examine that claim. Using a method of calculating emissions based on feed consumption, these researchers concluded that the EPA estimates are accurate.

Figure 1. Erosion
April 15, 2014

“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.”

April 15, 2014

Most of the time when we think about sorting and dairy cows, we focus on the negative consequences of cows selectively eating the finer particles in a diet. But there is growing evidence that cows facing an acidosis challenge will select feeds with high ruminal buffering capacity if given the opportunity.

April 15, 2014

When it comes to risk management it seems like things are never simple. The new approach in the farm bill appears complicated. However, farms that have developed cash flow plans on their own or with the Extension Dairy Team, already have the tools available to implement the program effectively.

April 15, 2014

Designed, installed, and operated properly, tunnel ventilation systems can play a major role in keeping cows comfortable and productive during hot weather. Providing enough fan capacity is important, but properly sized inlets – located to supply uniform distribution throughout the animal space – are essential to provide a more comfortable space for the cows.

April 15, 2014

Small grain stands … do they stay or do they go?

April 15, 2014

Bean Leaf Beetle numbers down…the colder the weather, the fewer that survive.

April 15, 2014

PA-PIPE is a web-based set of maps for tracking temperatures and crop and pest development across the state with alfalfa weevil tracking to get things started.

April 15, 2014

When it comes to burndown, environmental conditions and size of the weeds matter.

April 15, 2014

It’s a good time to calibrate your sprayer before it is put to use this spring.

April 15, 2014

Programs and policies are available to assist communities with farmland preservation.

April 15, 2014

Apple scab spores are rapidly maturing and beginning to discharge. Combined with the rain and temperatures in the 60s, these are great conditions for scab infection. Early season apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.

The Central Mountain High School greenhouse is filled with many seed trays.
April 14, 2014

Clinton County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Central Mountain High School horticulture program to benefit both programs.

April 14, 2014

This 37 page report is intended to assist communities in developing and evaluating CSO control alternatives that make green infrastructure part of their designs.

Extension Water Resource Educators, Jim Clark and Bryan Swistock, test water samples at the 2014 Dairy Expo
April 14, 2014

The Penn State Water Resources Team attended the 2014 Dairy Expo at Penn State on February 12, to educate dairy producers about water quality problems.

April 14, 2014

While our Pesticide Education Program teaches poison safety all year, this past month has been an especially important time for our poison prevention outreach as National Poison Prevention Week was in March. In 2014, we reached 12,000 students in 30 counties around the Commonwealth with our poison prevention program! Our poison prevention efforts were recently highlighted in a Penn State News Story.