The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for fruit growers. These ten minute ‘Learn Now’ videos are short, to-the-point guides explaining topics that are fundamental to commercial orchard intensification and efficiency.
Many fruit growers have expressed concerns about a shortage of skilled employees this harvest season. To discuss the path forward, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will conduct an open forum on November 16, 2016 at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville.
Growers can get a jump on disease management for the 2017 season this fall. This month’s article will be a review of tips to manage apple scab, peach leaf curl, and cherry leaf spot.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is hosting a hands-on grafting workshop on January 30th, the Monday preceding the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.
With the onset of colder temperatures at the end of the harvest, there are still things that need to get done in the orchard before winter.
Northeast SARE is offering opportunities for supporting innovative sustainable ag ideas on farms and in communities. Application deadlines for 2017 awards are this fall.
The fall season brings excitement, fatigue, and stress as farmers are trying to maximize their harvest with uncooperative weather, limited workers, and shorter days. With the urgency felt by farm families during this season, here are some safety reminders.
A new study from the University of Iowa College of Public Health has found that traffic accidents involving farm vehicles in the Midwest would decrease by more than 50% if state policies required more lighting and reflection on those vehicles.
After some very heavy rains brought flooding to parts of central Pennsylvania late last week, sub-freezing temperatures across much of Pennsylvania in the middle of this week will bring frost/freeze issues and an end to the growing season across much of the state.
We conducted a cooperative trial with a number of other states to evaluate potential spring barley lines for use in malting. The results of this trial are located in our small grains variety testing site. Please find the link to this site below.
Corn stover is often used as ground cover for the winter seasons or baled for bedding during the cold months but it can also be utilized as an emergency forage in some situations where feed supplies are limited.
Reflect with us on last year’s soybean crop and make adjustments to your system for the coming year to increase yields and cuts costs by registering to attend a Soybean Production Workshop near you this December.
The innovative qualities of the Pennsylvania farmer is noteworthy and we’re canvassing the state to uncover those operators that have developed ways to make short work of planting cover crops and small grains.
Diligent equipment care and good maintenance practices are key management habits for optimizing the usefulness of agricultural implements and for controlling equipment costs over time. Equipment upkeep and field-readiness are characteristic hallmarks of a good manager.
Did you know that efforts to build trust in your community can strengthen your local economy? A range of recent social science research strongly identifies trust-building as a viable economic development strategy that holds the potential for substantial economic gains - for the organizations, communities, and regions that invest the time and resources required.
The first annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Day (NYWASD) celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries in the workplace.
Penn State Extension Educator, Jim Clark, presented a Penn State Extension “Safe Drinking Water Display”.
Over the past seven years, USDA has worked with private landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that conserve and clean the water we drink. USDA support-leveraged with historic outside investments-boosts producer incomes and rewards them for their good work. At the same time, USDA investments have brought high quality water and waste services to rural communities, which are vital to their continued health and economic viability.
There was unanimous agreement Tuesday at a joint hearing by the Senate Environmental and Agriculture Committees that more resources are needed to meet Pennsylvania’s water pollution cleanup commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the state and that there are no magic bullets to meet those obligations.