Mowing during wet conditions should be avoided whenever possible.
Among its major responsibilities, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is a leader in data collection and analysis for water quality monitoring, mine drainage and water resource availability. SRBC makes its findings readily available to the public both on-line and through printed publications. SRBC’s more recent technical reports available online or by requesting printed copies.
Growers are advised to carefully check their orchards prior to making another thinning application. In Adams County, it is ten days since a stress event caused by three days of cloudy weather and we are beginning to see a new wave of fruit drop.
Sweet delicious strawberries that ripen in your garden or are available from local produce stands provide the best flavor. Freezing is by far the most popular method of preserving this nutritious little bundle of flavor.
As we continue with presenting data from an Internet survey conducted to learn how consumers use social media to engage with food retailers, below you will see highlights related to the demographic characteristics of participants who shared content on Facebook and with whom they shared.
Below are the carbon balance tables from Cornell’s MaluSim model. All regions show a projected surplus of carbon, meaning the trees will be less responsive to chemical thinners. Berks and Southwestern Adams county show a slight deficit for today but not very strong; over the next two days it will be positive.
A recent article brought to mind how easy it is to be confused about water quality issues as well as potentially lose a lot of money doing things we don’t need to be doing.
Rhubarb is the vegetable that is enjoyed as a fruit. By itself it provides a unique tart flavor. Unlimited possibilities exist for combining rhubarb with other foods to create delicious sauces, pies, cakes, cobblers, muffins, and even jams. Most foods prepared with rhubarb can also be frozen.
Temperature is one determining factor in the safety of home preserved foods.
Many people with a private water well have never or seldom have their well water tested. Pre-drilling water testing provides homeowners with useful information on their water wells as well as helpful research data. Part 2 provides some of the data found.
What's the difference between jam and jelly? Jelly, jam, preserves, conserves and marmalade are all fruit products that are jellied or thickened to some extent.
Below are the Carbon Balance Model tables for five locations around the state based on SkyBit temperatures and radiation estimates. The graph represents data from the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.
The carbon balance model for the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville indicates that May 9th was essentially a neutral day, with neither a large carbon surplus nor a deficit. Cool temperatures and increased sunlight on May 10th are initiating what is forecasted to be a 3 day period of projected surpluses.
Whether it’s a few backyard chickens for eggs or raising meat birds for profit on your farm, interest in raising poultry continues to grow in popularity. To help folks understand what it takes to raise healthy and productive birds, Penn State Extension’s Start Farming program offers an intensive four week course in small scale poultry production.
In Biglerville, rainfall from April 18 through May 8 was mostly scattered, with soaking rainfall totaling 3.52 inches. This likely resulted in apple scab, fire blight, rust, bacterial spot and cherry leaf spot infections on unprotected susceptible blossoms, foliage and fruitlets.
Based on the predicted weather, the carbon balance model suggests we will be in a carbon surplus period. High temperatures for Thursday and Friday are not expected to get out of the upper 60’s.
Got Canada thistle? In strawberries? It’s not unusual. Canada thistle is one of Pennsylvania’s worst perennial weeds and often infests strawberry plantings.
Check out this news clip to learn more about our Exploring the Small Farm Dream course offered through the Start Farming program!
Warm cloudy weather should result in negative balances in some areas of the state. Today’s balance and for the next two days were derived from SkyBit forecasted weather.
Owners have several options for grazing horses. Some grazing strategies are better at maintaining pasture ground cover and reducing the risk of overgrazing than others.