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February 14, 2014

With cold weather and a hectic schedule, it’s sometimes hard to find time to even sit down, much less prepare a homemade dinner. Luckily, there is a quick, easy, affordable and healthy way to make dinner every night of the week.

February 14, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when people start sniffling and coughing around the office. Statistics say that on average a person will get two to four colds per year. It is likely that all of us will come down with some type of illness this winter, whether it is a cold or the flu or a stomach bug. Even if you can’t prevent every illness, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of beating the odds and staying in the pink.

February 14, 2014

Companies often promote their products as the end all to all of our aches and pains. Recently, coconut oil seems to be gaining speed as the next best thing to sliced bread! Here is a brief summary of fats and oils and how they increase or decrease our risks of heart disease and how coconut oil fits in.

Research on the potential for marketing greens and herbs, such as this Spanish oregano, to growing populations of ethnic consumers will be the topic of a workshop in March.
February 13, 2014

Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.

February 12, 2014

Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation.

February 12, 2014

As group housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidified milk systems has also been renewed. This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems.

February 12, 2014

Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink.

February 12, 2014

Is the dairy industry ready to move from the past 75 years of artificial insemination (AI) as the primary way of advancing genetic progress, to using genomics, ovum pick-up (OPU), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) as another combination of technologies that could be used routinely to help take the dairy industry to the “next level” of genetic progress?

February 12, 2014

Prevention of mastitis requires reducing exposure to mastitis pathogens and enhancing the ability of the heifers’ immune system to respond.

February 12, 2014

The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm.

February 12, 2014

With the continuous parade of winter storms hitting the U.S., USDA has released an information sheet titled Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Snow Storms.

February 12, 2014

Paul Vigna explores the use of sulfites in wine after a local news article posted how mead producers do not add "sulfides."

Photo: Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org	- vole Microtus spp. flowering dogwood, Damage: dieback and off color foliage
February 12, 2014

You know the situation…you and your crew spent days cleaning, pruning and moving perennial and nursery stock into your overwintering houses. After a few weeks you walk through and notice some of the pots have half the media volume they had when you moved them!

Preparation for wine defect threshold testing. Photo by Michael Black/Black Sun Photography.
February 12, 2014

Journalist, Paul Vigna, writes about the 2014 Wine Quality Improvement workshop, and what advantages it holds for winemakers and wine enthusiasts. Article includes images capturing the hands-on activities experienced by attendees to identify and remember wine defects.

Wines sampled during the 2014 Benchmark Wine Tasting workshop. Photo by Denise M. Gardner
February 12, 2014

Penn Live writer, Paul Vigna discusses the 2014 Benchmark Wine Tasting workshop held by Penn State Extension Enology.

The Master Gardener Horticultural Assistant in the Montgomery County Extension office uses the diagnostic microscope for diagnostics.
February 10, 2014

One major service that the Master Gardeners provide is plant problem diagnostics. This can be done over the phone or in person at an Extension office, although bringing a sample into the office expedites the diagnostic process.

February 10, 2014

The Northeastern IPM Center fosters the development and adoption of integrated pest management, a science-based approach to dealing with pests—one that provides economic, environmental, and human health benefits. They have created a unique annual report for 2013.

February 10, 2014

The IPM Practitioner’s 2013 Directory of Least-Toxic Pest Control Products is now available online.

Gray dogwood is often utilized in hedges because it can form dense thickets by it habit to sucker from the roots.
February 10, 2014

While the gray dogwood has many attributes, it would never be planted alone as a specimen in the landscape.

February 10, 2014

With private applicator renewals coming up at the end of March, do you need some last minute recertification credits? We have some options to help you meet your requirements.