Apple bud stages range from green tip in the Lake Erie region of Pennsylvania to a few blossoms opening in Lancaster County. Peach bloom stages range from pink bud in State College to petal fall in Lancaster County.
The explosion in popularity of water gardening has resulted in the proliferation of aquatic invasive species, according to Diane Oleson, a Penn State Extension educator based in York County, who created an educational program that shows water gardeners how to avoid giving aquatic invaders a free ride.
A write up by Penn State's Viticulture Extension Educator, Mark Chien, on the importance of glass shape, standardization of wine glass use in the winery/tasting room, and importance of benchmark wines. A good read for everyone in the wine industry.
What is storm water runoff and why should we be concerned with it? Stormwater runoff is the rain and melting snow that flows off streets, rooftops, lawns, parking lots, open fields, and any other exposed area.
Be on alert for early season disease development: We have optimal conditions for brown rot (blossom blight) on stone fruit and growers are encouraged to apply fungicides during this critical period. This also continues to be a critical period for controlling primary apple scab infection.
During the first 100 days or so of 2013, virtually all of the state is experiencing a deficit in rain/snow fall.
With the wet cool spring it has been difficult to yet get into the field in much of the state.
For a few years now Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has invested in the PA-PIPE system.
In ten counties across the Commonwealth last September/early October, cover crops plots were no-till drilled planted following corn silage harvest.
The Academic Wino is a blog managed by Becca Yeamans that focuses on current research in enology and viticulture. Becca reads through research articles and summarizes key points and ideas on her blog. Recent topics of interest include wine bottle pricing based on winery location, sensory characteristics of oak chips, environmental impacts of winemaking, and wine-related book reviews. This is another firm example of a resource that wineries can used to stay current in viticulture and enology research world-wide. Click on the link to see more topics reviewed by Becca.
Dairy farms rely on good quality water to ensure maximum milk production and herd health.
That's what one community non-profit said about Penn State Extension's Six Steps to a Highly Effective Organization.
The decision whether to “redshirt” a kindergartener or not is a very personal one specific to each child and family.
From EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs An electronic Buffer Zone Calculator is available in EPA’s Soil Fumigant Toolbox. The EPA developed this new tool to help soil fumigant applicators, growers, enforcement personnel and others determine the buffer zone distances now required by soil fumigant product labels. Buffer zones provide distance between the edge of fields treated with pesticides and bystanders, people who live, work or otherwise spend time nearby.
I love getting credit for my great ideas. So when I see someone else using them, my 10-year-old alter ego is likely to stomp her feet and yell ‘copycat’. But temper tantrums aside, what’s wrong with using someone else’s great ideas? In the right context, there’s no problem at all. In fact we call these ‘best practices’ and encourage each other to share them widely.
Most people serve their community because they want to make the place they love a better place for the future. Hello? Is anybody out there who is willing to serve?
Green tip is here and the next ten days are forecasted to be ideal conditions for apple scab infection. Growers are encouraged to apply protectant fungicides during this critical period.
An apple by any other name would taste as sweet. False!
This issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter covers a wide range of intergenerational programs, studies, events, and online resources and reports. Highlights include: high school students and senior volunteers discussing the Holocaust, second graders visiting residents of an assisted living facility during the holidays, a new study on “sustainable aging in place,” the birth of a new university-based intergenerational center (hint: It’s in Hawaii), and efforts to map intergenerational programs and practices across Europe and celebrate the “European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity.”