We’re seeing seedcorn maggot problems this year, and some from infestations that probably started in when growing the transplants.
Successful small businesses are essential to many local economies and account for 60 percent of the new jobs created since the end of the recession in 2013.
Insects, diseases and weeds aren't the only pests we encounter in greenhouses. Sometimes the damage we see to seeds, seedling and overwintering stock plants is caused by four-footed furry pests - rodents! This article discusses the two most common rodent pests of greenhouses, mice and voles, and how to control them.
Janeen Latin, UCP Central PA, Dwight Heller, Occupational Therapist, and Abbie Spackman, AgrAbility Project Assistant, represented AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians at the 2016 AgrAbility National Training Workshop in Fort Collins Colorado.
This guide gives case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast, provides an introduction to the National Organic Program Standards, discusses maintaining organic integrity and how to budget for and market organic crops, and details organic farming practices.
The battle against invasive species is never-ending for agricultural producers, and the latest example is a pair of weeds that threaten to cause significant damage to crop yields across Pennsylvania. Researchers and extension specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are warning growers to be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, two species of pigweed that are gaining a foothold in the state.
Erin Connolly, professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina, has been named professor and head of Penn State's Department of Plant Science, effective May 15. Connolly will succeed Rich Marini, who was head of the Department of Plant Science and the former Department of Horticulture from 2004 to the end of 2015.
Parts of central Pennsylvania (encompassing approximately 40% of the total state) has entered the “abnormally dry” category, according to the US drought monitor. While recent rain showers and thunderstorms have brought some reprieve, many places are still much drier than normal. Over the next seven days, there will be some opportunities for widespread beneficial rains across the state.
Historically glyphosate resistant horseweed was limited to the southeastern Pennsylvania down into the Delmarva and West in Ohio, but now it is much more common in central PA and has appeared in western PA as well.
Significant numbers of Black Cutworm moths have been trapped in some locations in PA. Alfalfa weevil and cereal leaf beetles populations need to be monitored in the upcoming weeks.
Spending some time going over your sprayer this spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later this spring.
The survey to inventory farm conservation practices will close Saturday, April 30th. If you are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed please consider answering the survey online.
The purpose of this course is to establish a core level of knowledge in the agricultural safety and health profession and is a combination of in-class and on-line modules. Conference is on June 30th – July 1, 2016 at the Hilton Downtown in Lexington, Kentucky
There are a variety of healthy food and drink choices available to stock your workplace vending machines. Consider establishing a company policy that requires at least 50% of the vending machine items be healthy options (i.e. foods lower in calories, fat, sodium, and added sugars). Consider labeling these “better-for-you” choices to make it even easier for staff to snack their way to better health. These items also need to be competitively priced with the less healthy selections. Ask your vendor to stock healthier vending choices like:
To ensure your meeting promotes good health to all participants review the following questions:
Rhubarb is a rich source of nutrients providing 45% of the Daily Value for Vitamin K in a serving size of 1 cup. In addition, rhubarb provides phytochemicals to help our body prevent chronic diseases.
Mike Basedow recently joined Penn State Extension in Adams County as an Extension Tree Fruit Assistant.
April 22 marked the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, here are 10 simple things every Pennsylvanian can do to to protect the environment and your health.
The Secretaries of the departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources joined the PA Environmental Council Tuesday in honoring the 13 recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence at a dinner in Harrisburg.