Is fishing a passion of yours? Why not stock your pond with the right kind of fish so you and your kids can have a great time outdoors?
If you hope to pull tasty, nutritious vegetables from your freezer next winter, you need to blanch them first.
The recent Rio+20 Summit did little to move the forest conservation agenda forward - should I be surprised?
While it is almost impossible to predict the weather, we can expect some hot days, some wet ones and a large amount of humidity here in Pennsylvania. In the same way, while it is almost impossible to predict our health as we age, we can expect fish and seafood to help us along the way.
Consider asparagus as a delicious vegetable! Try it today!
Roll-ups is the modern name for traditional fruit leathers. Strawberries make flavorful fruit leathers. You can follow the same process to make leathers from other berries.
As in 2011, the insecticide active ingredient dinotefuran received a special Section 18 Emergency Exemption Registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help control brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Pennsylvania on both pome and stone fruit.
If you rely on a backpack sprayer, whether using organic products such as copper or synthetics it is important to choose the right sprayer, calibrate, measure correctly and use the right nozzles. Rutgers has a new set of online videos to help you with this process.
Have you ever been searching for a package of ground beef in your freezer and discovered a bag of strawberries frozen five years ago?
Many orchard soils are getting dry. Keep your irrigation on this week. It is essential with trickle irrigation not to lose your subsoil moisture and replace what the trees are using on a weekly basis. Beginning this weekend the forecast is for extreme temperatures for 5+ days in the 90s. Make sure to get your cover sprays (for BMSB) and Ethephon for return bloom on before then.
With weak growing cultivars such as Honeycrisp, the lack of sufficient leader growth to reach the top of the trellis (10 ft) by the end of the 3rd year is a serious problem that limits yield in future years. Honeycrisp can be a difficult tree to achieve sufficient leader growth when grown on M.9 or B.9 rootstocks. With more vigorous cultivars such as Gala, Fuji or McIntosh, reaching the top of the trellis by the end of the 3rd season is usually not a problem. However, with weak growing cultivars, growers need to intensively manage the trees in the first 3 years to achieve the desired growth.
Blue mold has been found growing in several tobacco fields in southern Lancaster and Chester counties. Growers need to be aware of the disease and take appropriate action. Under warm moist growing conditions this disease can spread quickly and has the potential to significantly damage the local crop.
It’s still a weather market! Big acres of corn got planted in 2012. If the current projections for double cop soybeans are true – we’ll have big acres of beans planted for 2012. A “normal” 2012 yield is calculated to overcome the significant low-stocks we had following the 2011 harvest. Of course, “it’s not in the bin, yet!”
At the "Farming for Success" field day last week at Landisville, we heard about a couple of pigweed problems in the region. One involved a lack of control of smooth or redroot pigweed in corn with glyphosate.
Insect pests and pathogens are annual problems in soybean fields. To manage these threats to crop production, extension personnel typically recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that relies heavily on understanding local populations of pests and the threats they pose to crop fields.
Soybeans are growing rapidly around the state with early planted beans flowering but a lot of the later planted fields are still filling in. There is still some time now to do some stand counts.
As the worst of the armyworm outbreaks seem to be in the past, we are able to turn our attention to other pests of concerns.
A warming trend will began on Wednesday and it should lead to a spell of uncomfortably warm, humid conditions from Thursday into the first half of next week. The boundary with mild, dry air to the north will waver across parts of Pennsylvania during this period leading to several opportunities for thunderstorms.
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