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Well in Central Pennsylvania. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
June 12, 2017

On May 31, 2017, the Penn State Water Resources Extension team hosted a webinar on Lessons from Over 30 Years of Water Well Research and Outreach in Pennsylvania. The presenter was Bryan Swistock, a Water Resources Extension Associate with Penn State Extension in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Photo: P. Landschoot, Penn State
June 12, 2017

As summer approaches, plans are being finalized for disease prevention and control programs. One group of fungicides, the succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI), has taken a more prominent role in controlling turfgrass diseases and provides an alternative to fungicides in other mode-of-action groups for resistance management.

People often have the mistaken idea that backyard birds and their eggs are free from Salmonella, but a recent study at Penn State showed a small percentage of positive eggs exist even in this sector. In fact, any poultry can be carriers of Salmonella, and they usually have no outward symptoms of disease.”
June 9, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this spring reports that there are eight ongoing outbreaks of Salmonella in 47 states linked to backyard poultry in the United States. As of May 13, 71 people had been hospitalized — 36 percent of those infected are children under the age of 5. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

White grub damage in a residential lawn. Photo: N. Bosold, Penn State (retired)
June 9, 2017

White grubs are probably one of the most common turfgrass insect pests encountered in Pennsylvania lawns.

June 8, 2017

Learn about barn door automation, accessible trails and beaches and our work with dairy farmers in Pennsylvania.

June 7, 2017

Widespread, organized rainfall appears unlikely over the next week, and some sunshine may return to the state, at times, through the weekend.

June 7, 2017

With all of the rainfall that we have been seeing this spring, some of the nitrogen could have been lost to leaching or nitrification. Here’s how you can ensure that your corn crop has enough nitrogen for the season.

June 7, 2017

As for the past five growing seasons, again this year The Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board is funding a Soybean Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Department of Entomology at Penn State.

Figure 1. Slug-damaged corn plants (Photo by Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State Extension).
June 7, 2017

This spring has been different and odd enough in many parts of Pennsylvania that folks are looking for a return to normal, whatever that means. Most calls and other communications that I have received from farmers have had to do with slugs, but other invertebrate pests are also active and I will mention them briefly today.

June 7, 2017

Scab risk is still high across the state. Keep an eye on your wheat heads if they have yet to flower.

June 7, 2017

When coming across an unknown weed, insect or disease in the field, look no further than your smart device. There are a variety of smartphone and tablet apps out there that can assist in identifying weeds, insects and diseases as well as ones that can help select crop protection products or track down pesticide labels, putting important data right at your fingertips.

Miguel Saviroff
June 7, 2017

Three individuals have received the 2017 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

June 7, 2017

Most often in the mid-Atlantic region, pastures are comprised of cool season perennial forages – including, but not limited to, orchardgrass, bromegrass, fescues, timothy, ryegrass, birdsfoot trefoil, red and white clover. Commonly, these forages thrive in the cooler temperatures and shorter days, causing grazing livestock producers to be faced with slow-growing, unproductive pastures during the hot summer months.

June 7, 2017

Join Penn State Extension for our 2017 Weed Tours on June 28 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center in Lancaster County and on July 11 at the Rock Springs Agronomy Research Farm in Centre County.

June 6, 2017

Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state. Although it is unclear whether the number of ticks actually is higher this spring — and if so, why — it nonetheless is always a good idea to take precautions to avoid ticks and the diseases they can transmit, according to entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

June 5, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality, and royalties have been in the news. Numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues.

Todd Zimmerman with the 3-ton bulk feed bin.
June 5, 2017

Todd Zimmerman knows all about the benefits of working with an occupational therapist (OT) to ease his pain and better his workflow around the farm. He had the opportunity through AgrAbility PA and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) to receive on-farm visits from a licensed OT practitioner in 2008 and 2016.

Ground Tumeric by Flickr.com - CC0 public domain
June 5, 2017

What’s all the buzz about turmeric? We see it on the front cover of food magazines and hear about it on talk shows, but what is all the fuss about?