A weather system moving East will be bringing rain Tuesday into Wednesday. At the same time we are experiencing the peak period for dispersal of mature scab spores. The predictive models indicate May 5 - 6, 2015 will be a scab infection period. Growers need to protect trees to prevent scab infection during this critical period.
For the first time, blacklegged (deer) ticks have now been observed in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, according to researchers at The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The range expansion took place in just decades, as similar studies conducted in the mid-1960s found no specimens.
As our landscapes grow and develop, the health of our streams and rivers have been impaired. What we do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity (volume and velocity) and quality (pollutant levels) of the rainfall that enters our waterways; what many call stormwater.
The House Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on House Bill 48 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) setting drinking water well construction standards (sponsor summary) on May 12.
Would you like to learn how to spot the evidence of good things happening in nature? Residents of Lancaster and surrounding counties are invited to attend a workshop on how to monitor the success of streamside plantings and projects.
The Laurel Highlands Prosper site in Fayette County successfully completed their first Strengthening Families Program 10-14 this month.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, serves as Chapter Secretary and was a founding member in 2000, of the PA CleanWays Chapter in McKean County. In April of 2015, PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, completed a cleanup on Pine Grove Road in Annin Township, along the banks of the Allegheny River.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
Brown marmorated stink bug adults are slowly emerging from their overwintering shelters. The five percent egg hatch of Oriental fruit moth (and the optimal timing to start controlling OFM) is expected around May 7th in the Biglerville area. All pheromone traps for monitoring fruit pests except traps for obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) and peach tree borer (PTB) should already be placed in orchards.
Whether in the fresh produce section of your local grocery store or at a seasonal farmers market, which leafy green herb are you looking for: cilantro or flat leaf parsley?
All predictive models indicate a high risk for fire blight infection this week due to the high temperature, humidity, and chance of rain showers in the forecast. Growers should begin protecting blossoms with streptomycin on Monday. More strep applications will be needed as infection conditions persist.
The possibility of water resource contamination resulting from the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing shale energy development is a large concern, even though it is not a common problem. (more...)
Grants are important for not only those that receive them but those that give them as well.
Picky eaters don’t have to always be young; some picky eaters can be teenagers as well as adults! Everyday stress can turn any well planned dinner into a battle ground. Here are a few tips of the trade to help introduce new foods to children, grandchildren, teenagers and adults.
Growers are reporting that some blocks of young trees have a heavy bloom and are concerned about negative effects on the vegetative growth of the trees in these early establishment years.
Preliminary trials with Amid-Thin (NAD) indicate it may be a useful thinning tool on Honeycrisp and Pink Lady at bloom and/or petal fall. Growers are cautioned to not spray pigmy-prone cultivars and not to spray past petal fall, as there is an increased risk of inducing small fruit to stick at later timings. Conduct your own trials with this product – including unsprayed checks – prior to deciding whether this is a good thinning tool for you.
Producers planning on getting the federal crop insurance premium subsidy this year must certify that they are controlling erosion on highly erodible fields and protecting wetlands.
Do you think it’s possible to save money grocery shopping without cooking everything from scratch, using tons of coupons or purchasing only seasonal foods? There are two key points on stretching your food dollar: spend less and avoid waste. Although I’m sure you may already being doing some of these tips, maybe there’s one or two ideas you can practice or practice more often.
Recently a grower mentioned he was having trouble controlling Wild Carrot, Queen Ann’s Lace, Bird’s Nest, Bishop’s Lace. In case you did not know, all the individual common names mentioned are the same plant - Daucus carota. Wild carrot is a biennial weed, as its life cycle requires two years to complete.