Take time to monitor weather conditions, crop prices, and determine a marketing strategy for 2014 grain crops.
Japanese beetles and grasshoppers continue to feed in plots at low population levels, while new diseases have also been observed.
Wet weather across portions of the state has made hay making difficult. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay.
Are you interested in growing nuts? Have you ever considered planting a nut orchard? Please join Penn State Extension September 9, 2014 3pm – 6pm at for Introduction to Growing Nuts workshop at Edge of the Woods Nursery in Orefield, PA. This workshop introduces farmers and homesteaders to growing nuts native to Pennsylvania. From butternuts to heartnuts, and black walnuts to pecans, we will discuss how to plant and nurture a nut orchard.
Bradford County PA and Penn State Extension Equine are offering a two night equine management workshop to assist equine farm managers in maintaining a successful and healthy operation for their horses.
Interview with Beth Gugino, Vegetable Pathologist on managing Bacterial Canker in Tomato.
Learn about recommendations for riding horses through calculations of combined air temperature and relative humidity.
Families are the foundation of our society. Family vitality is crucial since strong families create strong communities.
Three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid) were detected commonly throughout the growing season in water samples collected from nine Midwestern stream sites during the 2013 growing season according to a team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists.
The Penn State Extension Water Resources team offers a monthly webinar on various water resources topics on the last Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn what factors are involved in determining royalty calculations and of the new royalty calculator in this two-part article.
The 2014 Eastern Pennsylvania Grazing Conference will feature numerous presentations and discussions focusing on pastures and effective grazing across all livestock species.
Three species of bots are considered serious pests to horses. The bot is the larval stage of the horse bot fly, Gastrophilus species. Bot fly species vary in where they lay their eggs on the horse and how the eggs hatch. In general, they lay eggs on the forelegs, shoulders and lips during the summer and fall. Where the eggs are laid describes the three species: common bot fly, chin bot fly and nose bot fly.
While in most orchards the brown marmorated stink bug numbers are still very low, at some locations we spotted the first fruit injuries caused by this pest. Populations of spotted wing drosophila might be higher than in the past this season due to tart cherry blocks that were not harvested because of a light crop and their potential as reservoirs for SWD populations to build.
Management is discussed for controlling the physiological disorder necrotic leaf blotch, which is being reported throughout the area. Managing late season bacterial spot and rot diseases on stone fruit is also discussed. Disease infection periods to date for apple scab, fire blight, cedar apple rust and cherry leaf spot are included to help growers determine where control failures may have occurred this season.
Second generation flights of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller are underway in South-Central PA orchards, and third generation Oriental fruit moth and second generation codling moth flights are beginning. During our weekly searches on various actual and potential BMSB hosts we are continuously finding all instars of brown marmorated stink bug.
The wineberries are ripening and the birds have already discovered them. If you fancy some wineberry pie or wineberry wine now is the time to hit the road and gather wineberries while you still have time!
Late blight has now been confirmed in 10 counties on tomato and/or potato and is continuing to spread quickly.
This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.