The article on growing chickpeas in the November newsletter mistakenly indicated that the herbicide Extreme had been used for weed control. Extreme can only be used on round-up ready crops. Pursuit was used and is labeled for chickpeas.
Dr. Lewis Jett, West Virginia University, recently gave a talk at the Western Pennsylvania Vegetable and Small Fruit Seminar on the topic of four-season head lettuce production. Dr. Jett has been researching how growers in West Virginia can produce top-quality bibb- and romaine-type head lettuces during spring, summer, fall and winter using high tunnels and other protected growing practices. Dr. Jett's findings and recommendations, summarized in this article, should be applicable for many growers in Pennsylvania.
Parents often ask why time-out doesn’t work for long with their children. It tends to stop misbehavior in the short run but not for any length of time. Is time-out really an effective discipline strategy? The answer is that it all depends on the outcome parents want.
Currently in the US, feed stores can sell certain antibiotics for oral use in animals without veterinary supervision. This will change starting in December 2016. The changes instituted by the FDA are part of a voluntary program by the agricultural pharmaceutical and livestock industries to phase out certain antibiotics labelled for use as growth promotion in production animals.
The first line of defense against tree fruit diseases is good sanitation. Get a better handle on disease management with this free canker management workshop to be held January 5, 2016 at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA.
Penn State's Poultry Judging Team placed first in the nation at the 50th National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest held November 1-3 at the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
The PA Horse World Expo (March 3-6) will bring the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers to Harrisburg for four days of education, entertainment and shopping.
Both the hunter and horse owner need to learn to balance the right of the hunter to maintain the PA deer population and the right of a property owner to provide a safe environment for their horses.
Recently revised Pennsylvania environmental regulations require all animal operations, large and small, to have either a Manure Management Plan or a Nutrient Management Plan.
If the concept of communication is so basic to everything we do, why do we struggle so much with it?
A new article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers. Germany, the UK and Italy are the main entry gateways. The authors recommend tightened controls, and improved prevention and management measures in order to halt the increasing trend of freshwater alien species introductions in Europe.
The Penn State Master Well Owner Network (MWON) recently added 17 new volunteers who completed the Fall 2015 online training courses. These volunteers join nearly 700 others who are dedicated to providing unbiased, research-based education on the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns.
The over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006, new research shows. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.
Do you teach about water? Could you teach about water? – Dive Deeper is the Summit for You!
Wanting to participate in "Dine In Day" on December 3rd, but have no idea how to get started? Check out these helpful ideas for sharing a meal at home with friends and family.
Pennsylvania has had a very wet fall, and owners of horses kept in wet, humid areas have reported seeing rain rot or “dermatophilosis.”
Some preparations can ease winter problems for home landscapes.
In the depths of winter, most gardeners believe their efforts are restricted to armchair activities – reading books, reviewing catalogs, and planning for the spring garden. Not so!
A short synopsis of the three studies on economic impacts of Utica Shale Development in Ohio.
Many teens own cell phones. While they are convenient for parents to monitor and communicate with their youth, they require setting ground rules and clear expectations to avoid problematic situations.