Not only do you and I look forward to Spring weather, fungi, bacteria, phytoplasmas and other plant pathogens also gear up for the season.
Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Support Infant Feeding; Childhood Obesity Prevention: LMCC – Limit Screen Time; Click2Science: Connecting to STEM Careers; Using Art Materials; When is Behavior OK or Not OK?; Coaching and Mentoring: Supporting Staff (for Center Directors)
After some rain this week, colder than normal weather will move into the state this weekend and next week, and may be accompanied by more precipitation.
The cold winter and late spring may impact small grain stands, development, and yield potential this season. Determining plant populations and tillering can help with harvest and management decisions for these crops.
Grazing winter small grains can be an easy and profitable way to start grazing early in the season, but requires proper management of the crop and livestock for success.
Topdressing wheat can be done with different nitrogen fertilizers, two of which will also supplement sulfur. Before adding products to minimize nitrogen losses, be sure to choose an appropriate product for the fertilizer you apply.
Soils are on a warming trend, though there is variability among soil temperatures across the state. While some producers want to plant as early as possible, it is important to plant when soil temperatures are ideal for the crop. Taking soil temperatures on your own field is the best way to monitor soil temperatures.
Average custom rates are up 1.41% from last year, though this varies by operation and location.
Nationwide, less acreage will be planted to corn, sorghum, barley, and oats in 2014 as compared to last year, and more acreage will be in soybeans, flaxseed, hay, and canola. Pennsylvania reports similar expectations for corn and hay, and soybean will be planted in 109% more acres compared to 2013.
As we look around at ways to improve produce production, one area that offers the greatest return in both fruit quality and decreased fertilizer inputs is in getting the pH of your irrigation solution correct. Every crop has an ideal pH range where it removes nutrients from the soil solution optimally. Getting your soil and water pH right can be the difference between a profitable crop and high field / packing house losses.
On January 9, 2014, newly formed public water supply coalitions had an opportunity to meet with the Regional Director of the North-central PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Office, Marcus Kohl, in Williamsport, PA.
Grant-writing workshops are very popular because everyone wants a grant. But it always surprises me how many people come to learn about grant-writing without a specific idea in mind: they just want money for their organization.
Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is one of the most commonly used chemicals to kill germs in early care and education (ECE) programs. Bleach is inexpensive and often readily available in most areas. It is effective at both sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and does not have a long required dwell time. So what’s the problem?
A noted endangered-species expert will speak at Penn State to mark the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most iconic extinction event in United States history -- the loss of the passenger pigeon. The program is sponsored by The Arboretum at Penn State's Avian Education Program and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management
Highlights of the PA NARO Conference held in State College March 27-28, 2014
This April, Penn State Extension will help celebrate the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children, with a variety of activities.
Our berry good question this month brought to mind a number of other questions about fertilization that we are frequently asked. So more questions and answers follow this first question from Sarah Blevins, S.J. Blevins Berries, etc. Thanks for asking, Sarah!
It’s easy for weeds to surprise you with the amount of competition they can provide in the springtime, especially when they've been protected under snow or plastic and row covers. Here we'll discuss control of some of our common winter annual weed problems, and also two perennials.
Upon occasion, commercial growers try to find information on growing an alternative crop, and find that there just isn't much information available. One crop that has received a lot of good press lately has been Goji berry. We have very little experience with this crop here, so were fortunate enough to get some information from others who have. "Thanks" to Wei Yang of Oregon State University, and Evan Elford and Melanie Filotas of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, for providing helpful information for this article. Additional sources of information are listed at the end.