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December 4, 2013

To stay on top of the growing season, the Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Team conducted bi-weekly conference calls. Both educators and specialists update each other about the insect, disease and other production problems that growers were facing. The primary goal was to collectively help effectively manage these different pest problems as they appear. It was during these meetings that concerns about potential disease problems resulting from the frequent and heavy rains affecting western PA in late June and early July were raised. Sure enough not long after the rain, Septoria leaf spot (Septoria lycopersici) and early blight (Alternaria solani) which both develop under warm temperatures(75 to 85°F) and high relative humidity, heavy dews or significant rainfall started showing up in commercial tomato fields in western PA.

A series of online seminars co-sponsored by Penn State Extension and Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide valuable knowledge for commercial vegetable and small-fruit producers.
December 3, 2013

Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly, Web-based seminars that will kick off Dec. 18. Presented by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the webinars will provide timely updates in vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York and surrounding states.

December 3, 2013

The weather over the next few weeks looks anything but steady – mild -- cold -- rain -- arctic air – wintry mix.

December 3, 2013

The results from this year’s commercial soybean variety performance trials are posted on-line.

December 3, 2013

When winter manure application must be done, livestock producers need to be aware of and follow the winter manure spreading criteria identified in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.

December 3, 2013

The reuniting of a family after deployment is one of those moments that everyone wants to be perfect in every way!

December 2, 2013

Some people think it is wasteful and harmful to the environment when Americans cut down and use 30 million live trees to celebrate Christmas.

December 2, 2013

Tiny headwaters or streams that only flow after precipitation or in certain seasons form the foundation of our nation’s water resources. These often unknown, unnamed and under-appreciated streams have a tremendous impact on everything downstream, including rivers, lakes and coastal waters, as well as people. At least 117 million Americans get drinking water from these streams. That is more than one-third of the U.S. population. See EPAs interactive map and blog post to learn more about water in your county.

Photo: C. Cummings, Clemson University
December 2, 2013

Do you enjoy bird or wildlife watching out your windows? You might need to add some features and resources to your property to attract them. Although backyard feeders are a popular way to attract birds, providing a source of water is equally important for creating a wildlife friendly yard. By adding a bird bath or wildlife pond, you provide necessary water not only for birds but for many other species as well.

December 2, 2013

When autumn arrives, hikers and bikers go the extra mile to find fall foliage. But it can be hard for homeowners to love fall leaves when they drop off of tree limbs and onto green lawns. And in a number of communities, the once-accepted methods of getting rid of leaves—chucking them into the trash can or lighting large piles on fire—are no longer allowed, due to limits on landfill space and concerns over human health. Here are four tips to help you get rid of your leaves while reducing your impact on the Chesapeake Bay or any other water body.

A community is more than just a place.
November 27, 2013

If someone asked you to name the community you live in, how would you respond? While it may seem simple to define your community, there are more issues to be considered than most likely first come to mind.

November 26, 2013

Stinger, a selective, postemergence herbicide for control of broadleaf weeds, is now labeled for use on apples. It is especially effective against thistles, dandelion, nightshades, and goldenrod, with some activity against clovers. Its mode of action is somewhat similar to 2,4-D, acting as a synthetic auxin, and it is in the same HRAC category as triclopyr (Garlon®).

November 26, 2013

Eating healthy can be a fun part of parties and events. Great gatherings are easy to do when tasty, healthy foods from all the food groups are offered in a fun, festive environment. Above all, focus on enjoying friends and family.

The cut leaves of  Rhus glabra ‘Laciniata’ turn a bright orange/red in the fall (contrast that to the still green leaves in the background).  The flowers of fothergilla appear as small bottlebrushes on twig ends; the leaves often display many Fall colors.
November 26, 2013

Most leaves have dropped off to the ground and plant life is getting ready to hunker down for the next several months. But before those leaves fell, they provided us with several weeks of "eye candy" as Pennsylvania’s hillsides and mountains were dressed in the vibrant shades of fall. Now is the time to start planning for next year's fall color display in your own landscape.

November 26, 2013

What is indoor air quality and how do cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products affect it? Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of how clean the air is inside structures where we live, work and play. And what happens in one part of a building affects all of the building's occupants.

November 25, 2013

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invited schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses to apply for Environmental Education Grants to develop programs and projects.

Pike County Chamber of Commerce celebrates the opening of a new business
November 25, 2013

Jobs seem to be on the mind of many people today. For those who have a job, there is a real concern about keeping the job. For those who are looking for employment, it is a tough time to try and secure a decent paying job.

November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing: good food, family time, friendship and memories. But one thing you don't want to share, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is pathogenic bacteria.