Pest Prevention Using IPM. Penn State's Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are teaming up to bring you "Go Green for Kids," a monthly tip to help you provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care.
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The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is held annually in Hershey, PA. This short review covers the enology-based lectures of the wine grape meetings for the 2013 year.
I love hawthorns! Who am I?
This is the first in a series of articles discussing the Dynamic Plant Nutrition System. The goal of this series is to give a practical, working knowledge of the science of plant nutrition in substrates.
For growers in the mid-Atlantic states, GMO vegetable varieties are no longer future products in the pipeline. GMOs such as B.t. sweet corn and virus resistant summer squash are here now, and more varieties are coming soon. Growers need to understand what GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are, and how their customers and others may perceive them, in order to make informed decisions about whether or not to grow them, and how to talk to their customers about them.
Paperbark maple is an ideal specimen tree, and is well suited for use in small yards. It can be grown at the edge of the woods, or possibly planted in small groves or allées.
This brief review discusses the context of the 2013 Level 1 workshop held in January 2013. Several benefits of the program are also discussed including where to find additional information on the WQI programs.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania sets a priority for a number of shale gas impacts.
It is hard to believe that I am a senior in high school, and in just five months, I will be sitting at my graduation. As I look back on all the things I did during my years at Salisbury Township School District, I especially think about my role as a youth member of the PROSPER team and my participation in PROSPER programs.
A new strain of norovirus, known as GII.4 Sydney 2012, is making the rounds this winter, causing a significant number of acute outbreaks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has become the dominant strain, causing more than 140 reported outbreaks in the United States this year. People should try to limit their exposure to norovirus and try to minimize its spread, advised an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "There are some important reasons that lead to so many people becoming ill from norovirus," said Martin Bucknavage, extension food safety specialist. "One is this virus' low infectious dose. It is estimated that it may take less than 20 viral particles to make someone ill. Then, there is the ability of the virus to survive on dry surfaces for two weeks or more and in water for months."
Building startup communities is a strategy being used by entrepreneurial leaders to increase the number and success of innovative startup enterprises in their cities and regions. Read on for an overview of building a startup community based on Brad Feld’s “Boulder Thesis.”
Penn State Extension and the Northeast SARE Pennsylvania State Program are hosting a series of webinars during the winter of 2013 to focus on cover crop innovations. Topics in the series will include using winter-killed cover crops to reduce tillage in organic vegetable production systems, interseeding cover crops in standing corn, cover crops for small dairy farms, managing beneficial and pest insects following high-residue cover crops, nutrient and weed management in organic no-till cover crop systems, and managing nitrogen with cover crop mixtures. Here you will find the schedule and registration information for the upcoming webinar series.
This, an odd-numbered year, is when officials such as township supervisor or commissioner, boro council, and school board directors are elected. The Community and Economic Development Team is delivering this program in a few short weeks in many counties. The program in Berks County drew more than three dozen potential local candidates.
Pesticide and fertilizer calculations are not a lot of fun for most people. They can be difficult, confusing, and even scary. But getting the math right when calibrating a sprayer, applying fertilizer, or converting large scale rates into rates for smaller applications is absolutely critical in producing a quality product, maintaining landscapes, and protecting the environment.
When designing a landscape for the spring, summer, and fall, you often include shrubs that have bright colors in flower and/or leaf. Bringing color into the winter landscape, excluding the evergreens, can be difficult.
Droughts occur periodically over much of the United States. In Pennsylvania, severe droughts have occurred more frequently over the past two decades. During droughts, water supplies often become critically low. In some cases, whole communities are either without water or have very limited supplies. Water use restrictions are often imposed on the residents of these communities.
There have been numerous changes in the Commercial Vegetable Production Guide in the last few years as some new products are registered while others are removed. In addition, other products have been added because reevaluation of trial data indicated that they were effective. The following is a brief listing of some of the changes and updates to the 2013 Commercial Vegetable Production Guide. This summary is not comprehensive so not all crops are mentioned here. Also – many of these products have not been tested in replicated trials and therefore comparisons of efficacy with existing labeled fungicides is difficult. Remember to follow all label safety guidelines, rates, resistance management guidelines and tank mix incompatibilities.
Every group has to make them, but too often we put off those pesky decisions. We talk in circles, get bogged down in details, repeat ourselves – all to avoid the moment of truth when we finally decide what to do.