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Buxus sinica var. insularis ‘Winter Gem’ (or Korean boxwood) is often utilized as a low-growing hedge.  Will grow to 4-5 in height with similar spread.
December 11, 2013

So now we enter the period of the year where many landscapes look bleak. Some landscapes are heavy on deciduous trees and shrubs that showcase prolific flower displays in the spring and put on a final show with intense leaf colors in the fall.

December 10, 2013

Teaching mindfulness skills has become a popular intervention strategy used with parents to improve their skills and reduce stress.

December 10, 2013

This week is National Family Week. It’s the perfect time not only for celebrating family life and values, but also to express appreciation to your family members for the many things they have given you.

December 9, 2013

EPA realeased a Synthesis Report on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy. This report is intended to help raise the awareness of water’s importance to our national economic welfare, and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources. It highlights EPA’s review of the literature and practice on the importance of water to the U.S. economy, identifies key data gaps, and describes the implication of the study’s findings for future research. EPA hopes this report will be a catalyst for a broader discussion about water’s critical role in the U.S. economy.

courtesy C. McKibben
December 8, 2013

Tools industry uses for monitoring pipeline integrity

December 6, 2013

Early-season yield and packout predictions are useful for growers and packers to plan for adequate harvest labor and storage space, to obtain the appropriate numbers of bins for harvest, and to develop an orderly marketing plan. This article reviews the information in the scientific literature on estimating yield and fruit size along with suggestions for next steps.

December 6, 2013

Increasingly, spices are taking on a whole new role in cancer prevention research.

December 6, 2013

Penn State's Poultry Judging team placed fourth overall, second in Egg Production and Quality division and fourth in Broiler Selection and Carcass Quality Division.

Horses Need Good Quality Hay During Winter Months to Maintain Body Conditioning
December 5, 2013

Equine are dependent on the feeding of hay during off-growing seasons to obtain necessary dietary needs and fiber.

December 5, 2013

Did you ever drive by a school in the middle of the afternoon and see children scampering about on the playground? Or a preschool where little tykes are playing on climbers, blowing bubbles, or digging in the dirt? Was your reaction something like, "Why aren't those kids inside learning?" or "Why are those teachers just standing there?" You may even have secretly wished that you had such a fun and easy job!

December 5, 2013

A child's journey to building strong language and literacy skills starts in infancy and continues through the early childhood years and beyond. Caregivers are essential partners for children on the path to language and emergent literacy development. The journey begins when caregivers respond to, talk with and read with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Caregivers continue the journey by building on each child's experiences and skill base to encourage continued learning.

Symptoms of freezing injury in broccoli include damage and subsequest decay in the youngest florets, as well as "laddering" in the central stem tissue.
December 5, 2013

Many vegetables grown in Pennsylvania tolerate frost and light freezes quite well, allowing us to enjoy fresh, locally grown vegetables long into the fall and early winter. However, the very low temperatures that blanketed the state for several days just before the Thanksgiving holiday may have caused more damage than growers were expecting, even in crops under row cover.

December 5, 2013

Equestrian riding instructors and trainers are at an increased risk for several respiratory conditions based on research.

Photo: Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org: common chickweed Stellaria pallida
December 4, 2013

Common chickweed (Stellaria media) is one of our winter annuals. This weed can show up in many areas – lawns, landscape plantings, nursery containers, unmanaged sites.

December 4, 2013

Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 20 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2014 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.

December 4, 2013

To stay on top of the growing season, the Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Team conducted bi-weekly conference calls. Both educators and specialists update each other about the insect, disease and other production problems that growers were facing. The primary goal was to collectively help effectively manage these different pest problems as they appear. It was during these meetings that concerns about potential disease problems resulting from the frequent and heavy rains affecting western PA in late June and early July were raised. Sure enough not long after the rain, Septoria leaf spot (Septoria lycopersici) and early blight (Alternaria solani) which both develop under warm temperatures(75 to 85°F) and high relative humidity, heavy dews or significant rainfall started showing up in commercial tomato fields in western PA.

A series of online seminars co-sponsored by Penn State Extension and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide valuable knowledge for commercial vegetable and small-fruit producers.
December 3, 2013

Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly, Web-based seminars that will kick off Dec. 18. Presented by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the webinars will provide timely updates in vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York and surrounding states.

December 3, 2013

The weather over the next few weeks looks anything but steady – mild -- cold -- rain -- arctic air – wintry mix.

December 3, 2013

The results from this year’s commercial soybean variety performance trials are posted on-line.