Do you have customers who are interested in adding native plants to their landscapes? This may be a great niche market for diversifying your business. With Earth Day celebrations fresh in their minds, the general public is more aware of issues such as honeybee colony collapse disorder and attracting songbirds to their yards and gardens. It may be valuable for landscapers and garden centers to consider expanding the selection of native plants they offer.
Today’s families are weathering tremendous pressures and stresses – from daily finances to managing multiple schedules and demands – and the impacts are also felt by children and teens. While parents cannot protect their children from all of life’s challenges, they can provide their kids with the skills they need to respond to difficult situations in healthy, productive ways. Raising resilient children and teens helps them develop the skills they need to cope as adults and to overcome from the hardships they may face.
Like other key weeds, maintaining healthy turf is crucial to minimizing the amount of speedwell.
Bloom is well underway for apples and pears. Be alert since this is a susceptible time for fire blight when conditions are favorable. Primary scab infection is still an issue. Dry weather diseases can still be problematic.
Dinotefuran received a time limited supplemental label for use on peach and nectarine trees, valid until Aug 31, 2015. Calypso 4F received an additional registration for use on stone fruit. The label for all products containing chlorpyrifos allows for only a single application of this ingredient-containing products per season, either as a dormant application or as a trunk application. Endosulfan remains registered for use on pears only until July 31, 2013 and on apples until July 2015.
Although the April weather continued the mix of cold and very warm days, insect development seems to be following a much more normal pattern than during the previous few years. While the biofix dates (first sustained moth flight detected by pheromone traps) for redbanded leafroller and spotted tentiform leafminer were a few days later than usual, April 6 and April 9 respectively, the biofix for Oriental fruit moth was established on the same day as during three other years in the last ten (April 17). As of April 26, we still have not yet established the biofixes for codling moth or tufted apple bud moth.
While the monitoring practices for our common pest species are relatively well defined, monitoring for the newly introduced pest species can be more challenging. A good example of such a challenge is exemplified by our effort to develop an effective monitoring system for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
Monitoring insect pests continues to be one of the pillars of integrated pest management in Pennsylvania orchards. During the last fifteen years, the use of insect sex pheromone traps transformed from an intriguing tool used by researchers into a common pest management practice utilized by many growers.
It's time to plant, prune, prepare beds and spruce up the landscape. Residents from around the region can get a head start by visiting the Garden Fair and Plant Sale hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County on May 18 at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
While fruit bud development is later than last year, there is still the potential for freeze injury to flowers. There were some clear, cold nights this past weekend.
Research from the University of Florida shows that calves exposed to heat stress before birth have lower birth weights and compromised immunity.
Two real world examples of group housing and feeding systems for calves and a discussion of the challenges in each system.
Dairy producers are encouraged to design a parasite control program with their veterinarian. This article presents some elements that might be considered in crafting a more effective program.
Two strawberry viruses, in combination, are causing problems for Eastern strawberry growers. The viruses (strawberry mottle virus, abbreviated SMoV; and strawberry mild yellow edge virus, abbreviated SMYEV) have now been discovered in Pennsylvania, and growers are advised to check plants propagated from runner tips obtained from Nova Scotia.
This new report from the United States Geological Survey examines the landscape impacts from both conventional and Marcellus natural gas development in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties between 2004 and 2010.
Proposed new Food and Drug Administration regulations developed under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, will affect how Pennsylvania farmers, processors and retailers operate. But the devil is in the still-to-be-finalized details, and implementing the most sweeping changes to the nation's food-safety laws in more than 70 years will require collaboration, communication and education.
There are no signs of prolonged warmth and it is possible that portions of the state, particularly in the northwest may have a long period without significant rainfall.
Daily Minimum Soil Temperatures are still in the 30’s across most of PA. Producers Beware!
Helpful management tips to keep your herbicide applications on-target and you out of hot water.
A winter annual weed that can be found year-round, toxic to livestock and tough to control with certain herbicides.