Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) is a garden-lover’s dream when the planting site is hostile to more well-behaved horticultural selections. Think ahead, for in fertile soils and confined spaces, this rhizomatous perennial primrose family member can spread as quickly as bamboo to dominate the site!
Many municipalities and community-benefit organizations depend on volunteers to fill important roles. However, many people believe it's getting more difficult to recruit volunteers to help communities.
Learn why eating more rice will improve your health by lowering your risk for high blood pressure and improve blood glucose control if you have diabetes. Rice is a great grain choice for gluten-free diets.
Brown marmorated stink bug movement away from overwintering shelters is finally completed. BMSB adults are observed feeding on stone and pome fruit. The first egg masses and second instar nymphs were found during our weekly orchard observations. If BMSB nymphs are spotted, a control treatment is needed immediately. First generation codling moth (CM) flight continues in all areas across Pennsylvania. If pheromone trap captures indicate strong continuous CM flight, third applications of control materials will be needed. The second or third treatment of insecticides for the control of codling moth should also effectively control tufted apple bud moth (TABM) larvae. No Oriental fruit moth (OFM) control is required at this time.
Do you plan to direct market? With only $0.18 of every dollar spent on food going to the farmer, direct marketing might help you capture more cents toward your farm revenue. However, as a food retailer you will be responsible for a potentially longish list of regulations and regulators. This brief article will start you thinking about who to contact and what rules might apply to your Pennsylvania farm.
The primary infection period for apple scab is nearing an end. Scab sources are still being sought in the region for fungicide resistance studies. Included is a thank you note to the attendees of the Spring Meetings.
The 2012 Farm and Agricultural Fatalities data is now available.
Moist and unsettled conditions for much of the state likely to prevail through the week and into next.
The PA Soybean Promotion Board supports Extension’s efforts to assist producers make informed decisions.
Identifying young pigweed species is challenging but a key skill for top crop managers.
Determination from NRCS clarifies crop insurance issues nationally and points to some opportunity in Pennsylvania.
Preservative applicators likely worth the effort and expense to save the harvest.
Yield and quality assessments important as producers anticipate harvest and marketing of the crop.
Monitoring networks and field observations around the state help fine-tune scouting activities.
Excessive rains timed with very recent planting and pre-herbicide applications or from late-applied post treatments delayed (by rains) are always a concern in some fields. Growers and advisors are wise to familiarize themselves with the symptoms.
RMA moves to provide assistance to organic producers.
Children drown swiftly and silently. Supervision is key to prevent drownings.
With an alumni base of 600 strong, The Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program (RULE) still has room to grow. Leadership is all over the map and it’s certainly in your part of Pennsylvania.
Many states throughout the nation offer Master Watershed Steward volunteer programs through their land grant university extension services; these programs train citizen volunteers in the basics of water resource stewardship. Now Penn State Extension, with the help of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley and other local environmental groups, are launching PA’s first Master Watershed Steward Program in Lehigh and Northampton counties.