If you are a greenhouse grower, it may seem like the last thing you need in April is something else to do. But a quick check now of the quality of water you use for irrigation and pesticide application can save you time and headaches in the future. Using water that is balanced in pH and alkalinity, and is low in suspended solids and dissolved minerals, will improved the growth and quality of your plants and maximize the efficacy of pesticides you apply.
If you have a pond and want to stock it with trout there are a few things you need to think about.
A new generation of specialty crop growers is building coalitions to develop innovative approaches for meeting future growing and marketing challenges. Participate as much or as little as you want, but get to know other young producers, university extension workers and industry members in your field.
A bi-partisan state senate resolution passed to study the demand for natural gas service in the Commonwealth
A Northeast Environment and Weather Association program is being introduced this spring to include the Cornell MaluSim carbohydrate model based upon data collected from a grower’s location and compiled by a specific weather instrument.
My goal as the new plant pathologist at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center is to provide timely disease updates and management strategies for tree fruit growers throughout the season through Fruit Times newsletters and timely email updates.
In 2012, the Massachusetts Audubon Society published an Invasive Plant Pest Alert on hardy kiwifruit, Actinidia arguta, also called "tara vine", strongly urging people not to grow or propagate this plant. The apparently rampant growth of vines had been documented at three particular locations. These sites stand in marked contrast to observations of the behavior of commercial and research plantings in PA, OR, MN, NY, ME and many other locations, where planted specimens have stayed in place and seedlings have extremely rarely germinated from fallen berries.
No one wants to spend more money on fertilizer than they have to. But we all know that without enough fertility the bottom line suffers. Too much fertilization and we risk contributing to the pollution of our waterways. Most organic growers do an excellent job of using their experience to accurately predict appropriate fertility applications based on their long term soil test trends and how well their crops perform. A study initiated last year aims to help further refine organic fertility recommendations.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a work that influenced the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and how people everywhere think about pesticides and other chemicals in the environment.,
Growing winter cover crops can be a challenge for organic vegetable growers who have to terminate the cover crops in time to seed their early spring cash crops. Since soils in spring are often too wet to allow for the use of heavy machinery, organic growers are faced with a dilemma of how to kill their cover crop. This “kill-till dilemma” is the impetus behind a SARE-funded study conducted by Ray Weil, a professor of environmental science and technology at University of Maryland, and Natalie Lounsbury, a graduate student in his lab. This study was the focus of the first webinar in Penn State Extension's 'Cover Crop Innovations Webinar Series,' which will be running through the end of March 2013.
Fifteen years into their farming career, Mike and Terra Brownback were torn. If they continued their farrow-to-finish hog operation, they’d be financially secure and could keep their family of five on the farm. But if they followed their dream, their original motivation to become farmers, they would get out of the hog business and start growing produce.
The bout of wintry weather will persist for at least the next week or longer. While no significant snow or ice is expected before Sunday, readings will stay well below seasonal levels into the weekend.
Penn State Extension Educators are helping dairy and crop farmers calculate and monitor their own actual costs to produce corn and haylage crops
Pennsylvania has a strong tree-fruit industry, led by the nation's fourth largest apple crop. But diseases that damage fruit can severely limit production, causing potentially millions of dollars in losses annually. Helping growers manage these diseases and minimize associated costs is the job of tree-fruit pathologist Kari Peter, who began work in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences on March 1.
Let’s consider once more what revenue level is desired for our farm while we do have a few minutes before spring rush
The last half of March and first half of April are the months to control weeds in winter wheat
As warmer weather approaches, start thinking about controlling winter annual weeds (especially common chickweed) in alfalfa
Zidua and Fierce herbicides are now labeled for use in soybean
By: Fran Alloway, Extension Educator, Delaware, Co. If you are trying to lose weight, follow a diabetes diet or looking for the cause of the obesity crisis, carbohydrates seem to be the nutrient of the hour. Good carbs, bad carbs, low carbs, protected carbs, net cards – there is a lot of attention around eating carbohydrates these days!
The only cost is your time – the reward is a stronger family.