I replied to my co-worker’s suggestion to write about mobile applications (Apps!) for tracking nutrition and fitness on smart phones and other devices with skepticism –would readers be interested?
Water testing by the natural gas industry in the Marcellus Shale region is affirming the need for all rural Pennsylvanians to regularly test their private water supply.
Warm season vegetable crops still have several weeks of waiting to be planted in central Pennsylvania fields but Penn State researchers are still busy with field work.
With the recent report that a site has been selected along the Ohio River in the Beaver County community of Monaca for a “cracker plant,” what does that mean?
Beginning and experienced farmers alike are becoming more and more creative in the ways they finance their farms.
If you are in an area prone to cedar-apple or quince rusts, many of the apple scab wetting periods were also favorable for rust infection.
If there is wetting during the anticipated warm-up on April 15th to 17th, there is the potential for severe fire blight infections.
Apple scab lesions should be expected this week on trees that were not adequately protected March 20th to 25th. Any infections could lead to a severe secondary infection on April 17th, given the current weather forecast.
Acquiring land is one of the top three barriers for beginning farmers. Leasing may be the best option for farmers looking to expand their operation and do not have the capital to purchase land.
While most people think that vegetable pests are a major problem during the middle of the growing season (during the summer), there are insects that are ready to go as soon as a crop is planted - even in early spring!
Based on conditions at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center and the Sky Bit Ag E-Weather Apple IPM Disease Report, the potential for fire blight infections may occur during the upcoming weekend.
Apple scab infection periods and predicted infections through April 17th for the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center are attached.
Beneficial insects do a lot of pest management naturally, with little help from us. Many people are interested in having populations of beneficial insects inhabit their fields, high tunnels and greenhouses.
Research supports that this may be a viable option. The results of two recent studies are examined in this article.
Rejuvenation pruning and renewal pruning are two techniques that can reduce the size and volume of many shrubs without unduly harming them. Which is more appropriate in a given situation will depend on the plant species, the shrub’s function in the landscape, and the wishes of the property owner.
Many shrubs have outstanding floral displays in spring, but most only bloom for a few weeks. Then it is ideal if attractive summer foliage, fruits, fall color and/or winter interest carry it for the rest of the year. ‘Cardinal’ red twig dogwood (Cornus sericea ‘Cardinal’) offers four-season interest and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, making it utilitarian as well as beautiful. Cornus sericea is native to Canada and much of the United States, except for the Deep South.
Boxwood (Buxus sp.) is an important woody ornamental in the landscape and North Carolina is one of the prime producers of boxwoods for the green industry. Dr. Kelly Ivors and Dr. Anthony LeBude at North Carolina State University recently found a disease new to North America in boxwood, boxwood blight, caused by the fungus Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum.
In spite of problems with Discula anthracnose, powdery mildew and wood boring insects, our native flowering dogwood, Cornus florida, remains a harbinger of spring in the eastern United States. Showy flowers (bracts, actually) in spring, red fruits in late summer, reddish-purple fall color and an attractive horizontal, tiered branching habit make this tree a favorite of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Plantsman Michael Dirr refers to flowering dogwood as a “superb landscape tree that will never go out of style.”
Years ago, this is a weed I would not have considered much of a problem for the Green Industry, except for some field nurseries. As more old farm fields are turned into new housing developments, I have seen Canada thistle become a major nuisance.
Penn State introduces a new online field guide to assist landowners, land managers, and gas companies understand terrestrial challenges facing shale gas development.