Beginning farmers who need to enhance their knowledge about organic vegetable production, ecological plant-disease management and soil basics will find useful information in a new series of fact sheets offered by Penn State Extension.
The Seed Farm launches four new vegetable equipment how-to videos designed to help vegetable farmers choose appropriate equipment and use new equipment successfully.
Modified food starches are available in bulk food stores and in some grocery stores that have a bulk food section.
WREN is pleased to share the article WREN wrote about RAIN – the River Alert Information Network, source water protection/water quality monitoring, which just appeared in the Sept 2012 issue of the PA State Association of Boroughs News magazine. The article originally appeared in our WREN E-newsletter. Since their theme for the Sept issue was outreach and effective communications, we were happy to oblige PSAB’s request, as source water protection coalitions like RAIN are proving to be an important communications and public education vehicle about community water issues. The PA State Association of Boroughs represents over 900 boroughs with over 2.6 million Pennsylvania residents.
The hemlock rust mite, Nalepella tsugifoliae, is an eriophyid mite that commonly causes injury to Canadian hemlock, Tsuga canadensis. This pest also feeds on fir, spruce, and species of Taxus.
It is easy to get stuck in a rut when a plant combination works. In autumn, drifts of asters, goldenrod and chrysanthemums are commonly found intermingled among ornamental grasses. To add a wow factor to the fall border, consider using Helianthus salicifolius 'First Light', a superior selection of the willowleaf sunflower.
Hydrangeas may not be first on your list when it comes to shrubs with multiple seasons of interest, but their blooms remain attractive for several months, often through winter.
Prostrate spurge is a low-growing summer annual weed commonly found in landscapes, turfgrass and container-grown nursery crops in Pennsylvania.
We're coming to the end of the optimum time to seed PA lawns. There's no question that mid-August through September is the best time to seed cool season turf grasses. Depending on your location, mid-October is really the latest time to risk seeding. If you still have seeding to do, there are some research results you should consider when deciding when and how to get the job done.
Pennsylvania is celebrating 100 years of positive youth development through 4-H clubs this year. While you may think of 4-H as kids raising cows and garden vegetables and making robots, there is a very strong community development component too.
The use of sodium nitrate will soon be prohibited entirely in organic production.
This Spring, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State awarded pilot funding to the Prevention Research Center to conduct a feasibility study of a promising childhood obesity prevention program, Lifestyle Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).
When nice heads of broccoli and cauliflower are abundantly available at produce stands, it makes sense to buy a little extra to freeze for out-of-season use. In fact, some heads are too large for use at one time, and freezing the extra simply prevents the food from going to waste.
A narrowly averted farm tragedy in September 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. Davis Hill, senior extension associate in the University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, notes four predominant toxic gases that are produced during manure storage and released during agitation. The most serious of these, from a health standpoint, is hydrogen sulfide. Federal and state agriculture officials have raised concerns about the possibility of higher-than-usual levels of hydrogen sulfide gas being emitted from manure pits containing gypsum-based animal bedding.
The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season into the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
Some unsettled weather for the next few days, along with the first chance of a few wet snowflakes in the state’s coldest regions, highlights this weeks’ weather outlook.
A recent scare at a dairy farm in Montour County reminds us about the dangers from gases that are present in and around manure storage facilities.
Read about fall manure applications, and in particular, how we should manage manure around fall cover crop establishment.