In addition to soil erosion, mulch cover can affect soil temperature and moisture.
What does carry mean in grain marketing? How can we use this information to our benefit?
As a Pennsylvania grower of fresh vegetables and fruits, you have worked hard to learn about and adopt GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) on your farm and in your packing house. Now that we are moving into peak marketing season, remember those farm food safety concepts when selling your produce at farm and farmers markets. Food safety practices that extend from farm to fork can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
Update on the current status of spotted wing drosophila, a species of fruit fly, that is problematic because the tiny larvae of this pest can be present in the fruit when it is harvested.
Update on the strawberry virus situation in Pennsylvania.
According to research at the University of Kentucky, calico scale differs from other soft scales since it is not well-controlled by oil sprays - either summer oil or dormant oil applications.
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Years ago, ornamental characteristics of ninebark were few and better plant options were available.
This delightful flowering tree offers the joys of growing a magnolia with fewer liabilities than star or saucer magnolias.
Knowledge of active pest outbreaks, insect trap counts and disease forecasts are important for making in-season disease management decisions corn earworm and European corn borer as well as cucurbit downy mildew and tomato/potato early and late blight.
WREN is enhancing its sourcewaterpa website to soon allow residents to check whether their public water supplier has a PA DEP-approved Source Water Protection Plan in place. PA Safe Drinking Water regulations direct public water suppliers to find and utilize the best sources available and to take measures necessary to protect those sources.
Two new, youth-oriented online presentations from Penn State Extension explore the role of water in shale-gas drilling and production in the mid-Atlantic region.These self-running presentations were designed for use by educators in both formal and informal educational settings. Although geared towards youths in grades six through 10, they also are appropriate for adults who may want to learn more about this topic.
The American Chemistry Council reviewed current chemical industry projects, ethane production from shale development and the economic impacts.
In February and May of 2013, Bucks residents who rely on a private well, spring or cistern for their drinking water attended drinking water clinics and received free, basic water testing and education during a two-hour workshop.
Proactively deciding on a fungicide management program prior to downy mildew developing in the field is critical for successful disease management!
The Penn State farm food safety webinar, "Update on the New FDA Produce Safety Standards: Issues of Importance for Pennsylvania Produce Growers", was presented on May 31, 2013 and now is available for viewing.
If you have a short window in your rotation, consider adding a summer cover crop.
Aside from honeybees, some native bees may be lending their pollination services to your blueberry bushes.
Have you ever looked for training materials to build the knowledge and confidence of your farm market personnel? Penn State Extension now offers on-line training for farm professionals that handle, process, or merchandise fresh market produce.