Tri-State CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a project of Greener Partners. They work in a collaborative effort with local sustainable farms to enhance educational and social networking opportunities for farm apprentices.
Dr. Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D. has a love affair with plants that has propelled him on a straight-line trajectory through life. “I think I jumped out of the womb and I wanted to be a gardener,” he stated during a recent interview. He is particularly passionate about trees, and advocates planting large shade trees, or noble trees, which he describes as, “…anything that spans generations, has a long life, supports wildlife, fixes CO2, spits out oxygen, prevents erosion, and increases property values. We need large trees.” Storm water mitigation is high on his list of tree benefits as well. He maintains, “Trees contribute so much to everyday life, the quality of life.”
The growing season has yet to begin, but some potential improvement possible towards the end of the month.
Profitability is a great way of ensuring long term economic viability for our farm and family.
A 2013 study suggested that US EPA estimates of methane production underestimated true emissions. Penn State scientists collaborated with other experts to examine that claim. Using a method of calculating emissions based on feed consumption, these researchers concluded that the EPA estimates are accurate.
“A nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.”
Most of the time when we think about sorting and dairy cows, we focus on the negative consequences of cows selectively eating the finer particles in a diet. But there is growing evidence that cows facing an acidosis challenge will select feeds with high ruminal buffering capacity if given the opportunity.
When it comes to risk management it seems like things are never simple. The new approach in the farm bill appears complicated. However, farms that have developed cash flow plans on their own or with the Extension Dairy Team, already have the tools available to implement the program effectively.
Designed, installed, and operated properly, tunnel ventilation systems can play a major role in keeping cows comfortable and productive during hot weather. Providing enough fan capacity is important, but properly sized inlets – located to supply uniform distribution throughout the animal space – are essential to provide a more comfortable space for the cows.
Small grain stands … do they stay or do they go?
Bean Leaf Beetle numbers down…the colder the weather, the fewer that survive.
PA-PIPE is a web-based set of maps for tracking temperatures and crop and pest development across the state with alfalfa weevil tracking to get things started.
When it comes to burndown, environmental conditions and size of the weeds matter.
It’s a good time to calibrate your sprayer before it is put to use this spring.
Rules and entry forms now posted with signup deadlines of July 1 and August 1.
Programs and policies are available to assist communities with farmland preservation.
Apple scab spores are rapidly maturing and beginning to discharge. Combined with the rain and temperatures in the 60s, these are great conditions for scab infection. Early season apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.
This 37 page report is intended to assist communities in developing and evaluating CSO control alternatives that make green infrastructure part of their designs.
The Penn State Water Resources Team attended the 2014 Dairy Expo at Penn State University on February 12, to educate dairy producers about water quality problems.