A possible link between neonicotinoids and honey bee die-offs has led to controversy across the United States and Europe. Beekeepers and environmentalists have expressed growing concern about the impact of neonicotinoids, concern based on the fact that neonicotinoids are absorbed into plant tissue and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to pollinators.
Important information for all who work with greenhouse crops!
Take a look at the results of our 2010-11 kabocha and buttercup squash cultivar trials.
Given the growth stage of berry crops and the current weather, frost protection is on everyone’s mind. I thought this might be a good time for a re-run of a portion of a frost-related article, and some frost-related “Berry Good Questions” from past years paraphrased and condensed, plus a couple of new ones thrown in.
This spring, get a little closer to the water in your life by making a visit to a stream near you.
A good potting media holds water, has plenty of space for air and has enough nutrients for transplants to develop. If your transplants are not taking off they might not have enough nutrients.
In addition to my forest related work in Africa, I recently had the opportunity to participate in a shale gas conference in South Africa. Here are some observations...
Penn State introduces a new online field guide that strives to help landowners, land managers, and gas companies understand terrestrial challenges facing shale gas development
Flower mortality following Monday's low of 28 degrees F at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville was assessed with an Equilifruit disk designed for determining how much to thin apples following fruit set. Although flower mortality on the most advanced variety, was 49%, limbs still had 4 to 10 times as many live flowers as needed for a full crop.
Ever dream about taking that prized family recipe and selling the finished product for a profit? Like the idea of owning your own food business – creating your own schedule and working hard creating something you enjoy?
Actual and predicted apple scab infections for Penn State FREC, based on the Campbell Scientific Weather Data System and the New Mills Apple Scab Disease Model, are now posted.
Apple fruit bud development at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville is pre-pink to pink, with a few blossoms open on Pink Lady. Fire blight risk to date, based on the MaryBlyt Prediction Program and Campbell Scientific Weather Data Systems, are presented in the attached graph.
The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was confirmed in a North Carolina mare on Jan. 5.
Proper pasture management leads to high quality, productive pastures that can supply excellent nutrition for horses. Pasture management can be a challenge because of continually changing environmental conditions and fluctuations in horse populations on farms.
The mild winter and recent warm weather have many folks wondering if pest problems are bound to be worse this growing season. The mild winter will certainly allow a few pest species to survive better because their populations are knocked back by cold winters—bean leaf beetle and slugs are two that jump to mind, so we will need to watch those populations.
Anyone who has ever loved a horse (or pet) understands the feelings of guilt and helplessness following injury or illness of an animal. You helplessly try everything, calling your vet, admitting them to a clinic, treating them yourself at home. You try not to give up; you do everything you possibly can.
Every Spring I go through a ritual to prepare my pastures, horses and equipment for the prospect of riding and enjoying my horses during warmer weather. The first job to tackle is checking the perimeter fence-line of the pastures. Every fall my horses are confined to a smaller paddock or what horsemen call, a sacrifice area, and are kept off of my three electrified fenced pastures.
March 23, two California horses tested positive for Non-Neurologic, respiratory EHV-1. Grazing mares and fescue toxicosis.
This is a great tool to use when monitoring for any turf or landscape pests.
A Special Local Needs 24(c) label has been issued for the use of the bird repellant Avipel on field and sweet corn. The label allows for hopper-box application only.