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May 31, 2017

A recent study made headlines with the conclusion that more than one third (35.6 percent) of U.S. households will find their water bills have grown unaffordable over the next five years if rates rise at projected levels. This will nearly triple the number of households that currently cannot afford water services, per the study.

Attendees at the 2017 PA Groundwater Symposium listen to a concurrent presentation by Susan Boser from Penn State Extension on private water wells. Photo credit: Diane Oleson, Penn State Extension.
May 31, 2017

Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 3, 2017 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2017 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. The symposium was again held in recognition of National Drinking Water Week to highlight the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.

Photo by Brian Prechtel.  USDA ARS
May 31, 2017

Beef cattle producers are rightfully proud of producing a "good" product but sometimes go to extremes on weight endpoints to achieve this product. We should really be assessing the cost of putting on those extra pounds of fat if we are going to stay in business.

May 31, 2017

Below is the weather outlook for this week from Penn State Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and the Pennsylvania State Climatologist. We will still need some patience and the umbrellas, unfortunately.

May 31, 2017

With many producers faced with the possibility of replant corn, some important decisions may need to be made with regards to controlling the failed crop plants along with the usual weed management considerations. Special consideration must be taken when the corn is herbicide resistant, such as Roundup Ready and Liberty Link hybrids. As usual, the timing of applications is also important.

Upper surface of affected shrub rose showing round leaf spots with an orange center on yellowing leaves. Image: R. Benner, Penn State
May 31, 2017

Rose Rust is uncommon on ornamental roses in Pennsylvania but it does occur, especially in mild, wet spring conditions.

May 31, 2017

The wet and uncooperative weather has resulted in delayed pre-emergence applications for many producers. Reconsideration of delayed pre-emergence and early post emergence herbicide options may be necessary. The weather effects can result in stressed plants with a greater risk to selection and use of certain herbicides.

St. Croix sheep have shown resistance to parasites and tolerance to hot weather.  Photo by ARS.
May 31, 2017

Grazing management and genetic selection can help your flock minimize the impact of parasites.

May 31, 2017

Herbicide selection in new grass and legume seedings, established hay and pastures, and some guidelines for management based largely on the life cycle of the troublesome weeds in pasture are concerns for some forage producers this season. Some helpful tips for weed management in forages are presented in a simple/straight-forward fashion for your convenience.

May 31, 2017

Last week I covered four important pest species that can cause trouble this time of year. They were black cutworm, cereal leaf beetle, slugs, and armyworm. This week little has changed and I encourage growers to continue to scout for these pest species to determine if they are infesting your fields and if their populations are economically relevant.

May 31, 2017

Wheat Scab Monitoring/Modeling efforts have recently estimated the risk to be low. However, if you have wheat flowering now, or set to flower in the next week, consider a spray for scab prevention.

May 31, 2017

Are you looking to obtain the majority of your pesticide credits in a one day session? If so, mark your calendars for the Agronomic Pesticide Applicators Schools.

Photo: P. Landschoot, Penn State
May 30, 2017

Whether you are renovating 18 putting greens or just overseeding one green that sustained damage from a disease or winterkill, choosing the right bentgrass cultivar is critical for long-term performance of your putting surfaces.

Reduced substance abuse among young adults
May 30, 2017

PROSPER, a community-based preventive intervention system, delivered in middle school, shows that participants had up to a 41 percent reduction in substance abuse during the first year after leaving high school.

Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
May 30, 2017

This is the last run of the season. I suspect that fruit size is or soon will be too large to provide adequate response to thinner application.

Allium leafminer adult on leek. Photo: Monica Ganser
May 30, 2017

The flight is over, but the war may have just begun! The larvae have taken hold and will remain steadfast as pupa throughout the summer.

When retail greenhouse space gets scarce, plants literally get stacked up. Photo: L. Stivers, Penn State
May 30, 2017

Timing product supply and quality with peak customer demand is often a challenge for greenhouse operators. What happens when poor weather keeps customers at home, and retail greenhouses get crowded?

May 30, 2017

The purpose of this free manual is to provide recommendations to land managers and landscape contractors on best management practices for effectively conducting organic land care.

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May 29, 2017

Alternative protein sources not only provide nutrition, but health benefits. Learn more on varying your protein sources, and tips on how you can add alternative proteins into your diet today.