Controlling costs is just as important as ensuring the quality and quantity of heifers entering the dairy herd. Understanding a herd’s unique heifer need and availability based on key herd metrics can achieve insight into potential limitations or excess availability of heifers. Controlling these metrics to improve access to replacement opens the dairy business to greater control of quality of heifers becoming their next lactating herd participants.
Holstein herds in Pennsylvania have made progress in reducing the average age of heifers at first calving.
Federal funding is gone, but Johne's Disease isn’t. This article presents some relatively easy and inexpensive management practices that you can use to minimize the level of infection and the impact of this disease in your herd.
A look at other aspects of shale development
Knowing how to store food properly and how long it will keep, helps to reduce wasted food dollars while keeping the food looking and tasting good.
During the holidays, many people make or distribute decorations that contain boxwood cuttings. If you work with boxwood, you should be aware of the potential for spreading this devastating disease.
If you are looking for a medium-to-large shade tree, look no further than our native black gum.
A review on YAN data collected from PA and NY fruit from the 2006 to 2011 vintage years is now posted on Penn State Extension Enology's website. Please click on the link to be re-directed to the content page.
If you have been shopping in the local grocery or bakery stores lately, you may be seeing the growing crop of special foods labeled gluten-free. How do you know if this is useful for your health or more dietary hype?
Penn State's Bill Lamont provides tips for working fields and handling crops after the storm that passed in this Growing Produce article.
With the long growing cycle of Pennsylvania's forests, many landowners work to make improvements, the benefit of which they will never see. Yet, forest stewardship must involve consideration for those who will come after
After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, people and businesses face the daunting task of recovery. One of the biggest questions they confront is what to do with food, according to a food safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. In some cases, food may have been exposed to contaminated water; in other cases, electrical power outages may have jeopardized the safety of refrigerated and frozen food, according to Martin Bucknavage, extension food-safety specialist, who offered several recommendations.
As president of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry I has the opportunity to attend the 1st European Agroforestry Conference in October. Here is a summary I wrote about that meeting.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A narrowly averted farm tragedy this month has a farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences renewing his warning about the dangers of toxic gases emanating from manure-storage facilities.
Although most of harvesting is completed, I will use some of these "updates" to recollect some progress on the NE-1020 variety trials through this 2012 harvest season.
Youth Water Educators from around the Mid-Atlantic Region gathered together in Harrisburg, PA for a day of learning, networking, and sharing resources. The Dive Deeper Summit, hosted by Penn State Extension on September 27, 2012, was the first of its kind for most participants.
The 2013-14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide is now available both in print and on-line. The guide has contributors from Penn State University, Rutgers University, The University of Delaware, The University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University and USDA-ARS.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year. If you have nearby wild berries, you might want to treat them with a herbicide this fall, cut them back this winter, and keep the areas mowed next spring. As you plan where you are going to plant next year’s crops, consider the following information regarding farm layout.
Violent storms with flashing lightning remind us that we need to be prepared for power outages. The loss of power could jeopardize the safety of frozen food. To keep food safe, keep the door closed and control the temperature.
The three-year-old doe that recently was found to be Pennsylvania's first case of chronic wasting disease was born on a deer farm near Williamsport. But Lycoming County is not within the disease management area set up by the state, and hunters who kill deer there this fall and are concerned about the health of animals they harvest should consider having them tested for CWD, according to a veterinarian in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.