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July 12, 2017

Most soybean fields appear to be growing well and are starting to experience some minor defoliation. Our reports from this week identify bean leaf beetles, Japanese beetles, and grasshoppers as the primary culprits. Remember that vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, reports of Septoria brown spot and frogeye leaf spot appeared this week, but populations seem low.

July 12, 2017

Commercial and private pesticide applicators looking to obtain PA pesticide continuing education credits can now register for the Agronomic Pesticide Applicator’s School at Rock Springs on August 30th, 2017.

July 12, 2017

Planting green is a practice where growers delay cover crop termination until cash crop planting. Instead of killing the cover crop 1-2 weeks ahead of cash crop planting, the cover is allowed to grow longer into the spring, which can extend soil conservation and health benefits provided by the cover crop.

July 12, 2017

Learn about the winners of the Bridging Horizon contest and get updated on our activities in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Connie Baggett presented the awards on stage to Nina, Nick and Kennedy.
July 10, 2017

AgrAbility PA recognized three FFA chapters from the mid-state – Cumberland Valley, Central Columbia, and Columbia-Montour A.V.T.S. – as winners in its inaugural Bridging Horizons PA Contest. The contest provided an opportunity for any Pennsylvania FFA Association chapter to make a positive impact in their community by enhancing independence or promoting success for farmers and their families with disabilities.

July 10, 2017

Visitors at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, August 15-17, likely will spend most of their time taking in the wide variety of demonstrations, commercial and educational exhibits, presentations and other activities around the 135-acre expo. But for those willing to wander farther afield, free bus tours to other parts of the surrounding Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center will offer a glimpse of Penn State research and extension programs.

July 10, 2017

Scientists have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products.

July 10, 2017

Parks and other open spaces (rights-of-way, along streets, parking lot medians, etc.) are the most ideal places in a municipality to generate a variety of long-term economic, ecological, and community benefits,” such as water quality and quantity improvement and infrastructure protection.

Blueberry Picking by Andrew Malone at flickr.com - CC0 Public Domain
July 10, 2017

It’s blueberry picking season in Central Pennsylvania! This is a wonderful family activity that provides a great opportunity for exercise as well as a healthy food for your family to enjoy.

Fall Armyworm feeding in vegetative corn. Photo: S. Fleischer, Penn State
July 7, 2017

Corn earworm (CEW) has been detected in all 30 trapping sites.

Crabgrass infested lawn. Photo: P. Landschoot, Penn State
July 7, 2017

During rainy summers, annual grasses can be an unsightly weed problem in many Pennsylvania lawns.

Japanese beetles feeding on nectarine fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
July 7, 2017

Japanese beetles (JB) are frequently being observed in most fruit orchards and causing severe injuries to foliage by skeletonizing of leaves.

Pictured: U.S. Rep Thompson with AgrAbility PA staff members Kendra Martin and Dr. Connie Baggett
July 7, 2017

AgrAbility PA joined the National AgrAbility Project for a day of informing legislators, staffers, and legislative aides about assistive technology, and the important and necessary role it plays in the everyday lives of people with a disability or long-term health condition. That includes farmers, agricultural workers, and ranchers across the country!

July 6, 2017

The simple act of reading aloud can be a powerful way to help children develop the necessary skills for school, work, and life.

Tara Mondock, Penn State Extension associate director for client relations.
July 6, 2017

Tara Mondock, Penn State Extension associate director for client relations, was appointed as the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's Extension Fellow, effective July 1. As the CCAP/Extension Fellow, Mondock will work with the association in Harrisburg, providing expertise to commissioners in the state's 67 counties to enhance the statewide partnership between the association and Penn State, while learning more about county and state agencies and offices.

Source: Pixaby, Cattalin
July 6, 2017

It's not a "fish story;" seafood can be easy to prepare and is a delicious way to add important nutrition to your plate.

Tomato crop at Scholl Orchards, Kempton PA
July 4, 2017

Tomatoes are an important and profitable crop for many vegetable growers. This video reviews the basics of proper scouting and identification of common diseases and their symptoms.