Fireblight is a common disease of apple and pear trees in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Fireblight infects blossoms and new growth in the spring...
Phil made his predication a couple weeks ago that we will have an early spring, and it seems that so far the indications are true. We have had a string of warmer weather...
After last week’s storms the coming weeks would be a good time to assess rain and wind damage to trees and shrubs. So what do you do? Start by asking yourself two questions...
The Rose Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, Valentine’s Day roses – everyone is familiar with roses, the “Queen of Flowers,” for beauty and fragrance. But as an herb? Each year since 1995, the International Herb Association has designated an “Herb of the Year”. In 2011, it was horseradish; for 2012, the rose has been selected – a surprising and unexpected choice.
Dahlias are considered tender perennials and as such they need to be protected from the winter cold. Many tender perennials survive very well left in the ground when provided with a thick layer of insulation from straw, leaves or mulch...
Two small insects that can cause big headaches for our indoor plants are whiteflies and fungus gnats. Here are some tips on what to look for and what you can do about it...
Did you know that parasites are becoming resistant to the deworming products that are on the market today? Have you been faithfully deworming your horses every 6 weeks only to learn that this is no longer the recommended practice? Are you confused about when to worm your horse and how often? Do you know which horses on your farm have natural resistance to parasites and which may need to be dewormed more frequently? Have you ever had your horse colic, especially after being wormed?
Holiday activities are over and the last present has been unwrapped and our attention is now turned to New Year’s resolutions. Millions of Americans make resolutions each year.
January is National Soup Month. It’s the perfect food for a cold winter day. Not only is it a warm comfort food, but it’s a great tool in weight management because it is voluminous and fills you up.
Just as salt can be harmful to your health, too much salt can also damage your trees and landscape plants.
Those interested in learning more about private water wells, springs and cisterns can be trained by Penn State Extension as part of the Master Well Owner Network (MWON). Applications for new volunteers in the online training course are being accepted now for the online course which starts on February 6, 2012.
One method of tracking the horse’s health condition is to observe the coat hair.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website can provide a wealth of information - if you know where to look for it.
Wells can be protected from contamination by bacteria and chemicals through good management practices. A sealed well cap prevents insect entry along with any bacteria they are carrying. Hazardous materials can be kept out of the well's recharge area. Water testing verifies the success of these protective practices.
“Fewer Americans are lighting up. Now more than ever, smokers are motivated to quit.” says a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If this reminds you to quit, help is here!
There are a variety of different insects that attack your cereals, flour and other dried products while stored in your kitchen or pantry.
Calls from landowners with questions about land rental rates come to the Extension office quite frequently. As you might expect the pace picks up when crop prices are high and there are rumors about someone in the neighborhood offering to pay abnormally high land rent. In most cases the landowner is happy with their current farmer tenant but since “the rent has been $x for a number of years” they think, “maybe they should be getting more”.
Pennsylvania's nearly 17 million acres of forest provide an array of values including clean air and water, recreation opportunities, wood products and habitat for thousands of plants and animals. On Thursday, January 12th at the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting, Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, will speak on the social, economical and ecological aspects of our forests and the benefits they provide.
The fourth business webinar series held this past fall is now available for review.
Many of the gifts we receive during the holiday season are to keep us warm during the harsh winter. Fleece, scarves, gloves, and flannel give us protection.