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October 20, 2013

A breakdown in the various renewable energy sources and where they stand in electricity generation.

October 15, 2013

As the growing season draws to an end, the seasonal rainfall, albeit sporadic and heavy, will end near normal in many parts of the state.

Alfalfa seeds with different coatings
October 15, 2013

The effects of seed coating on forage seed establishment and yield can be inconsistent, so it is important for producers to ask questions when making decisions about purchasing coated forage seed.

Palmer amaranth male vs. female –- Left to right: Palmer  amaranth (male) and Palmer amaranth (female)
October 15, 2013

As of today, we believe we have 6 or 7 sites mostly in the southeast, but also a small population in the south central region that have Palmer amaranth, but many more are likely out there unrecognized.

October 15, 2013

This past week was again a wake-up call to keep your fields covered with mulch and living vegetation at all times.

October 15, 2013

The Penn State Particle Separator (PSPS) provides a tool to quantitatively determine the particle size of forages and total mixed rations (TMR). The updated 2013 version of the PSPS adds the ability to estimate physically effective fiber (peNDF) to this tool.

October 15, 2013

Achieving ideal levels of fecal phosphorus requires attention to several factors. The good news is ideal levels are possible, but they certainly are not the easiest to achieve.

October 15, 2013

Genetic technologies offer new opportunities to develop precise management plans that will help a farmer capitalize on the genetic merit of each animal in his or her herd.

October 15, 2013

Delegating management of a process or technology we aren’t familiar with to someone else based on their personal strengths can be a way to develop our human resources on the farm. We can rely on the younger generation to help bridge the information and technology gap while providing them with experiences and opportunities to progress our farms at a quicker rate.

October 15, 2013

A few manure piles at the rear of the stalls doesn’t necessarily mean a poorly managed stall, but rather a well-used stall, which is a good thing. Rather than just look at how clean the stalls are, watch and evaluate how the cows use the stalls. In the end a clean, well-used stall is the real goal.

October 15, 2013

When the days become shorter and there is a chill in the air, we know the growing season is ending and the yard work is slowing down.

October 14, 2013

Watershed modeling was conducted in 20 large, U.S. watersheds to assess the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading to a range of plausible mid-21st Century climate change and urban development scenarios in different regions of the nation. This final report describes the structure ― including methods, models, scenarios, and results ― of this effort.

Photo: Tim Daley, PA Department of Environmental Protection
October 14, 2013

Do you like to fish or boat? Then this topic is of particular interest to you. Didymo, commonly referred to as “rock snot”, is a species of freshwater algae native to cool-water regions of northern Europe and North America. Since the mid-1980s, it has taken on the characteristics of an invasive species, forming massive blooms that blanket streambeds, choking streams and rivers, and threatening aquatic ecosystems.

October 14, 2013

Finding time for the family to enjoy relaxing away from the stress of life is something good to provide for children. When they hear about it, perhaps other parents may notice the value of slowing down their own pace of life.

photo from http://www.sname.org/mt/Home
October 13, 2013

A look at the use of natural gas in transportation for rail and marine transportation

You may find Oriental beetles, Japanese beetles, masked chafers, Asiatic garden beetles, or Green June beetles – depending on your location.  These beetles lay their eggs in the soil and successful hatches depend in part on soil moisture.
October 11, 2013

If you are experiencing grub damage in turf areas, you may be wondering how much longer rescue treatments will be effective.

This lily leaf beetle is eating a plant near Lock Haven, PA.  The pest was first discovered in Pennsylvania in this local garden, just a few months ago.  Photo by Greg Hoover.
October 11, 2013

The lily leaf beetle was recently identified by Penn State ornamental extension entomologist Greg Hoover, and confirmed by state and federal regulatory agencies as a new ornamental insect pest in Pennsylvania.

October 10, 2013

Whenever you think of glorious fall colors, your mind’s eye inevitably includes the reddish-burnt orange glow that sugar maple brings to autumn’s landscape.

October 10, 2013

As the recipient of this award, Dr. Robert Van Saun is an individual who, through long and continued service, has promoted the goals of the AABP and whose accomplishments have served as a model for service to bovine agriculture through organized veterinary medicine.

A cow gets cleaned automatically.
October 10, 2013

Autumn is a good time to learn more about an important economic sector of our communities. In some Pennsylvania counties farms open their gates to the public at this time of year.