The 4th quarter 2011 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
This is the first quarter in while where on average most individual species prices have nudged upward since the previous quarter. The increase is minimal but it does suggest some stability in the markets as the trend is positive. Factors for this up tick include rebuilding low inventories, higher bids on public lands, and stronger export markets. Higher grade lumber is still relatively weak compared to other products.
I had the benefit of hearing Dr Doug Beegle from Penn State speak recently about soil testing and interpretation at the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference. If you did not take a soil test last fall and are gearing up to test this spring, you might be interested in the following tips.
Pest management for vegetable transplant production is an integrated process and includes sanitation, sound cultural practices, the use of resistant cultivars (where possible) and finally, proper use of the correct pesticide. Your pest management program should be starting now in the greenhouse.
All of the tomatoes noted below were from the planting in the Haygrove Super Solo high tunnel at the Penn State Southeast Research and Extension Center (Landisville Farm). They were replicated twice within the tunnel. If one of the tomato plots was in an outside row, the other was inside. If one tomato plot was at or near the end, the other was closer to the center. The tasting comments come from the annual tomato tasting held at the Franklin County Extension Office in late-August.
Initiated by a "see through" casing, the study revealed some surprises. All grouts work as expected below the water table. Above the water table grouts vary in their ability to keep surface contaminants from penetrating the aquifer. The two most successful grouts to date were cement-sand and chip bentonite. The study is continuing.
On a colorful fall weekend this October, twenty-one women landowners headed out to Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA for the inaugural Women and Their Woods Educational Retreat.
Good sanitation of greenhouses, nurseries and green industry tools is a critical part of an IPM program for insect and disease prevention.
It is hard to imagine flowers blooming outdoors in January, but the Christmas rose; Helleborus niger will delight gardeners with its charming blooms that emerge from the plant even when frost and snow lay on the ground.
Liverwort is not your typical weed. This primitive, non-vascular plant has more in common with mosses and ferns than more familiar seed-bearing plants.
January is one of the bleakest months in the Pennsylvania landscape with its cold, snowy weather and gray skies. Fortunately, there are shrubs that brighten winter days with colorful fruits or stems that are suited to every landscape. One of the best is our native winterberry, Ilex verticillata.
Given that evergreen conifers enliven the winter landscape, it seems right to start the new year with Picea orientalis as the Tree of the Month.
The latest MWON news and events.
The latest MWON news and events.
Did you know the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers a land contract program? This program provides an incentive to land owners who plan to sell their farm to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer. A land contract is a tool which can be used in transferring land to the next generation farmer as well.
Owning your own home is challenging enough, what do you do when it comes with its own sewage treatment plant? This article provides some clues for owners of septic systems who want to make them last a very long time.
The pumpkin session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference is one of the more heavily attended sessions at the 4-day event. Here is a quick synopsis of the session.
In late January I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Galen Dively of the University of Maryland give an overview of organic insecticides at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Conference. Did you miss it? I’ll try to provide a recap.
The new, updated plant hardiness zone map is now available online.
The Ag. Entrepreneurship Extension Team at Penn State (farmbusiness.psu.edu) investigates opportunities for stakeholders (e.g. growers, wholesalers, processors, retailers) and disseminates applicable information to these groups. A few of us in the team have been focusing on gathering data from consumers residing in Pennsylvania and surrounding states pertaining to their fruit and vegetable purchasing attitudes and behaviors, with particular emphasis on better understanding the fresh and processed apple purchaser. We have conducted a few studies since 2008 and would like to share that data and provide examples of marketing strategies that stakeholders could implement based on the research.