The butterflies and moths that we see each day in summer are practically all native insects. That means that they have evolved, along with the plants that feed them, over centuries. You can help butterflies and moths by providing a suitable habitat of native plants in your yard that will allow them to grow and thrive.
Now that we are coming to the end of the summer we are going to be seeing some of the gardener’s best friends among our bushes.
When driving, we often see flowering weeds in fields or roadsides. Casual walks along a country road may cause us to stop and check out the weeds of summer. But are they weeds or wildflowers?
Producing a high-quality floriculture product while minimizing input costs requires careful monitoring and management of environmental factors and inputs such as nutrients, pH, alkalinity, growth regulators, and light.
August is the time to enjoy the fruit of your labor. Vine ripened tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and sweet, ripe melons are wonderful...
Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures and products used in early care and education (ECE) programs reduce germs, allergens, and pests, but can also greatly influence the quality of indoor air in a child care facility.
This report summarizes a national assessment of the ecological health of streams done by the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA). Healthy functioning stream ecosystems provide society with many benefits, including water purification, flood control, nutrient recycling, waste decomposition, fisheries, and aesthetics. Continued monitoring and assessment of the Nation’s streams is needed to support informed decisions that will safeguard this important natural and economic resource.
Facilitators provide the enthusiasm and energy necessary to fill the sessions with actively participating families.
Wild and managed non-honey bee species have long supplemented honeybee pollination in fruit orchards, but most pollination has been attributed to the honeybee. In light of the recent decline of honeybee populations, pollen bees will serve an even more integral role in fruit tree pollination and a number of Pennsylvania fruit growers have relied exclusively on pollen bees for pollination for over 5 years with no noticeable loss in fruit quality or yield.
General management techniques for reducing postharvest fruit rots are important considerations as we approach harvest season. Growers are encouraged to use the infection periods posted as a tool to understand disease issues encountered in the orchard during this season.
How is your balance? Are you taking shorter steps, hanging onto things for a little longer, afraid of falling? Loss of balance is a gradual process and happens before you realize it has changed. You can do something to improve before a fall happens.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is present in most small fruit plantings now in varying numbers. The crop that seems to be most severely affected at the moment is blackberries, although there are reports of SWD in nearly every berry crop that is currently fruiting.
Corn earworm captures continue to be high.
In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
The tables below present weekly adult moth captures in pheromone traps and degree day comparisons for 2008 to 2013.
With the growing season winding down and most of our traditional fruit pests well under control and not present in orchards, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) continues to represent the most important threat to our apple crop.
Whether you picked a basket of tomatoes from your own garden or purchased a peck of cucumbers from your favorite farm stand, you can continue to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year by properly preserving them.
August 15, 2013. WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Over 40 wines from the 2012 harvest season were tasted at this August 2013 workshop in Geneva, NY. The following describes some background on the NE-1020 project and the wine trials tasted at the Cultivar X Regional tasting.
Knowing what it costs you to grow corn or beans can allow you to determine what yield levels will be profitable and how much you can afford to pay to rent crop ground.