Questions are arising about what to do with produce crops that have come into contact with flood waters. FDA provides recommendations; the bottom line is that the crop should be destroyed.
Penn State Extension bee and wasp field guide
As many Pennsylvania residents are in the midst of significant flooding, there will be exceptional demand for credible information. Extension can provide science based information for homeowners and businesses that are affected by flooding.
At a recent Penn State Extension Start Farming Program for farm apprentices, John Good from Quiet Creek CSA shared his experience and expertise. After a tour of John and Aimee’s eight acre organic farm which serves 200 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, John focused on weed management. Like John says, “As an organic vegetable farmer, managing weeds is a lot of what you will be doing. So you better learn to be good at it and enjoy it.” After seeing the excellent weed control at Quiet Creek, I plan to use three things I learned from John: buckwheat to out compete weeds; row markers; and seven-inch sweeps to cultivate paths between plastic.
The Sept 13th Biodegradable Mulch Walk is canceled. Visit us in Montgomery or Northampton County or email for handouts.
A lot of citizens in the Marcellus Shale Region of Pennsylvania are concerned about the streams that run through their watershed or on their property. The first step is to identify the "Aquatic Life Use Designation" for that stream.
Seven farms laid biodegradable mulch this year as part of a demonstration project with Penn State Extension. The following are the initial experiences of two cooperating farms. For more information join us this week for biodegradable mulch walks in Schuylkill, Northampton and Montgomery Counties.
With about 4 to 5 more weeks of the current growing season to go, it is extremely important that growers continue to stay vigilant and respond immediately when the pressure from incoming brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) adults starts to increase. Although it varies for each cultivar, right now is the time for the use of the most effective options, with the shortest PHI. Not every orchard will need special BMSB treatments but very detailed visual observations are necessary to assess the real need for these treatments.
This first in a two-part series explains what role compressor stations and underground storage play in gas development.
In July we couldn’t buy a drop of rain. August wasn’t too bad but September has been a real soaker—first Irene and then Lee. The eastern part of Pennsylvania was hit the hardest but nearly everyone had some rain from the two storms. Some growers are reporting support systems that collapsed under the weight of the tree and crop with all the rain. If you have some trees that went over and did not break off at the union you can rectify the problem but you must act fast. (The most recent weather forecast calls for the rain to finally end on Monday).
Due to the cool and wet conditions over the past wekk or so there have been an increasing number of reports of late blight in Pennsylvania and New York.
The the continuous rain, there has been increasing concern about Phytophthora fruit rot.
The continued unsettled weather first from Hurricane Irene and now Tropical Storm Lee this past weeks has put most of PA at high risk for downy mildew disease development and localized spread!
A recent study in the September 2011 Pediatrics journal revealed some interesting findings – more than 90% of home-packed lunches for 700 children in a Texas daycare had reached unsafe temperatures by the time the they were eaten.
A new five-part program to help local businesses understand and take advantage of opportunities arising from the development of the Marcellus Shale
"Forty years ago, the federal Clean Water Act set the ultimate goal of achieving water quality improvements that would allow people to fish from and swim in our rivers, lakes and streams. The quality of our water is directly related to the quality of our life. It is a vital resource for human health, but water quality is often taken for granted. Forty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, we must continue the work of enforcing the Clean Water Act while raising awareness about the activities that pollute our waterways." according to the EPA report just released. Combined sewer systems collect sewage from buildings and stormwater from street drains and transport the wastewater to a treatment plant. When the volume of wastewater exceeds the capacity of the sewer system or treatment plant, the systems are designed to overflow and discharge directly to nearby streams, rivers, lakes, and other water bodies. Many Combined Sewer Overflows still remain in Pennsylvania. Learn about CSOs and why this is important to your community in this Environmental Protection Agency report.
When you’re visiting a nature center, local park, or even driving on the highway you often see signs that identify the name of the local watershed that you are in. However, when you return home that same sign doesn’t hang at the entrance to your neighborhood or at end of your driveway. So how do you know what watershed you live in?
A study just released that looks at items not previously considered in the economic impact of natural gas development.