The primary infection period for apple scab is nearing an end. Scab sources are still being sought in the region for fungicide resistance studies. Included is a thank you note to the attendees of the Spring Meetings.
The 2012 Farm and Agricultural Fatalities data is now available.
Moist and unsettled conditions for much of the state likely to prevail through the week and into next.
The PA Soybean Promotion Board supports Extension’s efforts to assist producers make informed decisions.
Identifying young pigweed species is challenging but a key skill for top crop managers.
Determination from NRCS clarifies crop insurance issues nationally and points to some opportunity in Pennsylvania.
Preservative applicators likely worth the effort and expense to save the harvest.
Yield and quality assessments important as producers anticipate harvest and marketing of the crop.
Monitoring networks and field observations around the state help fine-tune scouting activities.
Excessive rains timed with very recent planting and pre-herbicide applications or from late-applied post treatments delayed (by rains) are always a concern in some fields. Growers and advisors are wise to familiarize themselves with the symptoms.
RMA moves to provide assistance to organic producers.
Children drown swiftly and silently. Supervision is key to prevent drownings.
With an alumni base of 600 strong, The Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program (RULE) still has room to grow. Leadership is all over the map and it’s certainly in your part of Pennsylvania.
Many states throughout the nation offer Master Watershed Steward volunteer programs through their land grant university extension services; these programs train citizen volunteers in the basics of water resource stewardship. Now Penn State Extension, with the help of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley and other local environmental groups, are launching PA’s first Master Watershed Steward Program in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Herbs are easy to grow and store. They add unique flavors to your food and can reduce your use of salt. For starters, why not try Lemon Tarragon Chicken for dinner?
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released two farm safety reports on May 30, 2013. These reports were conducted by NASS for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to better understand hazardous exposures on agricultural operations and agricultural-related injuries to adults working on farms.
During this past week, relatively high numbers of adults (for this time of the season) were observed feeding on stone and pome fruit. The first egg masses and young nymphs were also found. If BMSB nymphs are spotted, a control treatment is needed immediately. Codling moth (CM) adults continue first generation flight in all areas of Pennsylvania. The second treatment of insecticides for the control of codling moth should also effectively control early tufted apple bud moth (TABM) larvae.
Prevention is often the best medicine, not only for physical health, but also public health, according to researchers at Penn State and Iowa State Universities.
Accountability is a big deal these days in education. NAEYC and other early childhood education partners have committed to closing learning gaps and increasing the achievement of all children. (NAEYC 2009)