In response to a tragic, four-state, two-week series of fatal accidents involving agricultural producers and skid-steer loaders, a farm-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is calling for operators to take precautions.
The Collegiate Horsemen at Penn State (CHAPS) club had the honor this year to be involved with the THON Wishes program, part of the widely acknowledged Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which raises money for the Penn State Hershey Four Diamonds Fund.
I’m not sure how far ahead of normal temperatures we are as of March 20, but certainly the forsythia blooming and many of the winter annual weeds in bloom is an indication that we are ahead for this first day of spring. In Lancaster County on March 19 we observed common chickweed, corn speedwell, and dead nettle all in bloom.
This week's article is the last of a three-part series discussing liquified natural gas
Just what will an early spring and mild winter mean for our woodland systems? How will a late frost impact forest wildlife?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.The new map—jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University's (OSU) PRISM Climate Group—is available online.For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based interactive format and is specifically designed to be Internet-friendly.
We've heard more than once that it's impossible to start farming now. Even if you can find a great property, you won't be able to find a lender who wants to talk to you. That is just not true. Not if you have done your homework.
The summary report of the Chesapeake Bay Manure-to-Energy Summit that took place in September 2011 is available. With over 140 experts in attendance from the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond, the Summit focused not just on the different technologies that are emerging, but more importantly on the public policies that could help to get more of these technologies on the ground in the near term. The report describes 14 different policy options within three categories: Assist market entry; Finance for maximum benefit; Support effective use of by-products. Pennsylvania is already a regional leader in on-farm energy production. However, additional action is needed to fully realize the potential economic and environmental benefits of manure-to-energy systems. Questions or requests for hard copies should be sent to Marel Raub at 717-772-3651 or email@example.com.
Dave Scott, who is the Division of Health and Safety Chief in the Bureau of Plant Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, wrote the blog for today.
This week's article is the second of a three-part series discussing liquified natural gas
Milk production, somatic cell counts, pregnancy rate, culling rate, income over feed cost, are just a few of the metrics available for monitoring among dairy advisory teams.
Be careful to avoid the “Twinkies Effect” on your farm and in your home.
Many times the difference between success and failure is a matter of inches and seconds! Profitability of your dairy is no different.
Every state has different options for handling on-farm mortality. It is important to check with your state Department of Agriculture or Department of Environmental Protection regarding your options. In Pennsylvania, state law says that any animal mortality needs to be properly disposed of in 48 hours.
The following are some a collection of the common questions asked during the "Managing your Farm Business with Quickbooks" Workshops and how to address them to help simplify your financial records process.
Dairy PROS meetings will focus on "Dairy Markets & Risk Management"
A good article regarding the influence of total package oxygen (TPO) in the bottle on wine quality. An interesting statistic from this article: of 10,000 wines entered IWC competition, 560 had faults - nearly 308 of those faulted bottles were related to poor oxygen management (sulfides and oxidation). Only 117 bottles were corked (had TCA).
For small scale vegetable growers just getting started, these two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. Hot beds provide enough bottom heat to transplants enhancing germination, stimulating root growth and keeping transplants above freezing on cold nights. I have been using both systems for three years and thought I would share some pluses and minuses as well as step-by-step instructions on how to build them.
TJ Costa and Chris Henwood Costa knew they wanted to expand their vegetable farm to include a CSA (community supported agriculture) and an educational program for youth, they knew they needed more land.
It was a tough year for some tomato growers as flooded fields and saturated soils prevented or inhibited harvest. Regardless of Mother Nature's curveball last year, it appears that tomato growers remain optimistic based on the huge attendance at the tomato session at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference.