Women forest landowners differ from their male counterparts in how they approach their land ownership. Outreach programs are focusing on reaching out to these women forest landowners.
Wines & Vines features an article on Pulsair Technology. A pulsair system uses large bubbles to gently aerate and mix a tank. This method is used for various tasks, including cap management and combining blends. Pulsair technology is seen as a worthy tool for all winemakers as a substitute for pump-overs during fermentation of red wines.
This Wines & Vines article on sulfur dioxide additions is very useful for today's winemaker. The article explains the use of sulfur dioxide additions as a method of preservation with anti-microbial and anti-oxidative effects throughout the winemaking process. Clark emphasizes the differences of green juice and brown juice for white wine production, as it might be advantageous to use one over the other.
A recent cover story from Wines and Vines, introducing an expanding Pennsylvania winery. Richard Blair, Blair Vineyards of the Berks County Wine Trail, uses gravity flow for most transfers in the winery. Gravity flow processes may be beneficial for Pennsylvania wineries.
In apple orchards where scab was poorly controlled last fall, growers will need to compensate this spring for what we might call the five curses of high-inoculum, which are outlined in this article.
Results of a study designed to educate and to encourage private water well owners to regularly test their private water supplies highlight the value of water testing.
There are many reasons for calibrating your air blast sprayer, and Penn State Extension now has a new tool to assist growers in this important task. Chemicals should be applied at the proper rate to be effective and safe without causing pollution. The calibration test helps ensure accuracy of the application with selected nozzles, pressure, sprayer design, and travel speed.
Potential economic impacts of Marcellus shale development has mainly been at the state level, but how much of the economic benefits stay locally within a county?
The release of mature apple scab ascospores at Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA approached 18,000 on March 22nd, just 72 hours after we first detected mature ascospores (Monday, March 19th).
You probably have heard it a thousand times already but the degree days base 43°F accumulation for March 23 in southern Pennsylvania is about 4 weeks ahead compared to previous years (or 3 weeks compared to the 2010 season). Since most of us do not have first hand experience with such an unusual season, what it will mean to our orchards remains to be seen.
With so many reports in the news media about the dangers associated with certain food ingredients and packaging materials, the public is now understandably suspicious and distrustful of what they eat, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Primary infection periods for apple scab started two weeks early this year. Beginning with this report, the status of disease infections will be updated weekly at this Fruit Times website. To receive these reports as soon as they are posted, please click on " Subscribe to E-Mail Updates."
Just starting in the new “Extension Educator for Start Farming” role, I knew I had to go out and talk with some farmers I will serve in Southeastern PA. Why do they farm? What keeps them going, and what advice would they give to beginning or diversifying farmers? 14 farms later, I received a “glimpse” into the motivations, successes and daily challenges beginning farmers face when making their farm dream their farm life.
How many times have you heard that from friends and neighbors this spring? I think to myself, “Do I really want to explain what no-till is and how we don’t plow anymore?” I usually say something like, “we don’t do tillage. We plant our crops in the corn stalks or cover crop from the previous year.”
In this issue, we discuss a session conducted at the state 4-H Leadership Conference, update of meetings & resources in the Philadelphia area, Better Kid Care's new online training, and University of South Alabama's Center for Generational Studies.
The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign, which offers information about maintaining safe, sustainable, and secure water supplies in small and rural communities, has several articles written especially for those who oversee local water and wastewater services.
This week's guest blogger is Scott Guiser, Penn State Extension Horticulture Educator from Bucks County. Scott has worked with our program on many projects including reviewing certification manuals and exam questions and serving on our Pesticide Education Program Advisory Committee.
MAEscape volunteers visited some York schools to provide some basic education on ecosystems and environments to elementary students.
An intergenerational session called, “4-H through the Generations” began with a pre-banquet dinner panel presentation. The five panelists, ranging in age from 13 to 80, provided brief summaries and highlights from their own 4-H experiences.
Latest research brief on challenges and opportunities associated with Marcellus shale development as perceived by educational leaders