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courtesy Jim Ladlee
March 16, 2014

A new process that could revolutionize world markets for an abundant natural resource recently discovered.

March 15, 2014

In my great-grandfather’s diary of his farming activities, you will find entries for most Saturdays that say “In market”. One can imagine what it took in the late 1800’s to get ready to be “in market”. It might be a bit easier to get to market today but anyone who sells at a four-hour-once-a-week farmer’s market can tell you, the preparation takes much longer. Here are some tips for preparing for market season.

March 14, 2014

Two videos are available. One explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep.

Soil sampling at the Seed Farm - Lehigh County's Agricultural Incubator and New Farmer Training Facility.
March 14, 2014

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.

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur marketed under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry, Zodiac and Biospot. “This action is another example of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. This voluntary move will get to an expedient result that protects people’s health.”

Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab Archive, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org; nimblewill Muhlenbergia schreberi
March 14, 2014

Nimblewill (Muhlenbergia schreberi) is a perennial grass that becomes a weed in established turfgrass. However, it is not limited to maintained areas and grows in undisturbed areas, nurseries and farmland.

Cornus mas form in flower. Photo: Sandy Feather
March 13, 2014

The dense, rounded clusters of yellow flowers on corneliancherry dogwood (Cornus mas) that appear while the rest of the landscape is still cloaked in winter’s grays and browns will be a welcome relief from this long, cold winter.

Tissue cultured plantlets: just from the lab
March 13, 2014

In the past 25 years a great development has occurred in tissue culture plant production for horticulture, and today it is possible to purchase from a number of laboratories stage III tissue culture plantlets that are grown through stage IV in greenhouses.

 Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org  Annual Bluegrass
March 13, 2014

Seedbed establishment for fine turf can be extremely difficult, and is often considered an art form. Whether it is creating a seedbed for a new putting green or for a home lawn, several factors can make effective seedbed establishment difficult.

Salt damage on a Leyland cypress. Photo: Tom Ford
March 13, 2014

Sodium chloride remains the predominant de-icing compound utilized by residential property owners, township supervisors, and landscape contractors in our region.

Talk about a unique customer service experience!
March 13, 2014

The direct-to-consumer farm marketing season is upon us – the potential target audience for our production was identified many months ago, we planned and grew to meet the target audience demands, and now it’s time to actually present our farm products to this buying (hopefully) public and see what happens.

Devil’s walking stick upright stems, devoid of foliage, against a backdrop of bamboo.
March 12, 2014

At the edge of my yard, I have several shrub thickets of Aralia spinosa (devil’s walking stick) blending in with the naturalized areas. The unique common name comes from the large thorn-like structures that line the stem. It is a shrub that you don’t want to rub against while working in the vicinity.

Discolored scale inside otherwise asymptomatic onion bulb
March 12, 2014

Sweet onion production has soared in Pennsylvania in recent years and bacterial disease challenges have grown right along with production. Steve Bogash provided interview-type questions to Emily Pfeufer, Ph.D. candidate working with Beth Gugino, Vegetable Pathologist due to her four years of research into sweet onion bacterial diseases.

The buying and leasing boom by the shale-gas companies is over. The industry has moved from speculative buying and leasing to a mature operation based on knowledge gained and on current market realities.
March 12, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on how ongoing shale-gas development across the state is affecting land and property values.

March 10, 2014

Ice and persistent snow cover will be the primary reasons for winterkill in the Northeast.

March 10, 2014

A recent report produced by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development finds that an entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth.

March 10, 2014

Benefits of the industrious honeybee's pollinator role

This table and chair arrangement facilitates participant interaction.  For business meetings, chairs arranged facing the officer table are a better choice.
March 10, 2014

Meetings are worth participants' time when they appear to be well-planned. Leadership has identified where decisions must be made and where discussion only is in order. An agenda is planned accordingly. The chair keeps participants from wandering off agenda and is conscious of time.

Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, teaches high school students preparing for the PA Envirothon Contest
March 10, 2014

The Cameron County Conservation District collaborated with Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, to secure a seventy-nine hundred dollar grant from the Headwaters Research, Conservation, and Development Council.

C. McKibben
March 9, 2014

You’ve seen the strange-looking trucks on the road these past few years. Maybe you’ve watched truck after truck head to a new shale-gas drill site in your area. But just what do they do with all that equipment?