Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level.
On any sized dairy operation there are a multitude of events occurring from the time a calf is born until she leaves the herd. Software programs are available to help manage this task of recording events. The bottom line is no matter how good someone’s memory is it is no substitute for having historic information on animals of all ages that can be easily accessed. However, the information is only as good as the person entering the data and is useful only if someone is monitoring the events.
We are starting to see infestations of maggots in greenhouse transplants that look a lot like what we saw last year, which led to field infestations that probably started when growing the transplants. However, this year reports are coming in about 2 to 3 weeks earlier. Several species from the same genus (Delia) cause the damage.
Despite the calendar indicating just the middle of April, all stone fruits and even some apple cultivars in southern Pennsylvania are already in bloom.
Spring fever has hit hard these past few weeks. A couple of weekends with sunshine and mild temperatures have hastened my ritual of pulling containers out from the shed and placing them in their normal spots on the terrace and deck in my garden. While clearing leaves from perennial beds and cutting spent stalks of perennials, my mind was busy plotting to make this season’s container display exceptional.
Tomatoes provide unique health benefits. They are full of essential vitamins and fiber. Low in calories, they do not have any fat in them, yet they are full of antioxidants.
Community-based services provide families and children with needed resources and information. Early care and education (ECE) professionals who learn about their community’s resources, and connect families with these resources, provide an important bridge to services for children and families.
A period of dry weather with seasonal temperatures will precede more unsettled weather toward the weekend.
Are you a private pesticide applicator who’s license expired on March 31st without the needed credits? Don’t give up, there’s still hope!
Planting remains one of the most critical steps in setting the stage for good yields. Proper placement of seed creates an environment where timely and consistent germination helps to set the maximum yield potential for a stand.
Not all dicamba-containing products can be applied in a burndown application prior to planting Xtend soybeans.
Understanding Legal Protections and Potential Liabilities Associated with Seed Use in Pennsylvania.
A Bill introducing the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act has been introduced to both the House and Senate. The new Act will modernize PA’s noxious weed law by prioritizing invasive plant management based on the ability to effectively contain or even eradicate certain species.
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Grassed Waterways are not maintenance free. Don’t let a bund prevent your waterway from performing its job.
Recent heavy rainfall has caused soil erosion in fields. Do you know the difference between rill and gully erosion? There are a few practices that you can do to reduce rill erosion.
When we think of grazing corn we often think of cattle in a green field of corn in the summer or cattle grazing corn stover in the winter after grain was harvested. Another management tactic is to plant corn with the purpose to graze the standing corn in the winter. Plan now to provide corn for grazing for the winter of 2017/18.
Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves, according to leaders of the organization.
Due to an all Extension Staff conference next week our newsletter will not be published on April 19th, the newsletter will resume its weekly schedule again on April 26th.