The month of August was very dry across the state of Pennsylvania. Most of the western and central Pennsylvania saw just half (or less) of their usual monthly rain totals. The upcoming seven days will continue to be dry with little in the way of widespread, organized precipitation.
With the early maturation of some corn and soybean crops, there could be some opportunities for planting barley this fall. Barley is often discounted in the marketplace, though, and this has limited its potential as a crop. Figuring out how to maximize the value of the crop is a key consideration to improve profitability.
Dry weather conditions across most of the state are hastening corn silage dry down, causing the potential need for growers to get in the fields earlier than planned.
It’s been an exciting and eventful summer in terms of new intergenerational initiatives, including pilot projects, conferences, research, curricular resources, reports, blogs, and more. In this issue of Penn State’s Ideas for Intergenerational Living newsletter, we try to provide a smattering of all of the above. As always, please continue to send your news about recent research, resources, and events in the intergenerational studies field. Best Regards, Matt Kaplan, Ph.D., Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This week we have eight reports covering seven counties. Insect pressure remains low in most areas, though small populations of grasshoppers and Japanese beetles persist. Aphid populations seem to be declining, likely due to lady beetles swarming to a tasty meal. Disease pressure remains low, but can still be found. Happy scouting!
As silage harvest progresses, growers are starting to think about planting cover crops. Using wheat or other small grains as a cover crop is a common choice, but brings a concern that is easily overlooked: Hessian fly.
This is the home stretch for beans, but there are still a few diseases in your crop that might only become apparent to you now. Most of these are root or stem infections that cause the leaves to turn early or become necrotic—which is why you initially notice them. But you’ll probably have to look beyond the leaves to get your answer.
Over the last several years of working with soybean producers in Lebanon County, I have learned the importance of timely harvest of soybeans. Last week, I noticed late group 2 beans were ready to harvest. It has been my experience that once 95% of the pods turn brown, about a week later it’s time to combine.
Intergenerational Contact Zones – or ICZs for short, serve as spatial focal points for older adults and younger generations to meet, interact, build trust and friendships, and work together to address issues of local concern. They can be found in all types of community settings including libraries, schools, parks, and multi-service community centers.
Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Researchers report at least a 60% reduction in odor compared with surface broadcasting. But how does manure injection work in practice?
Here are some U.S. Census: Facts for Features - In 1970, Marian McQuade initiated a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a federal proclamation, declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. This day has been celebrated every year since to honor our nation’s grandparents. The Census Bureau presents statistics about their role in our society.
Equipment demonstrations, on-site hay testing, and other tools that help with producing high quality forage is the focus of the Southeast Pennsylvania Crops Twilight Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., 490 Skyline Drive, Bernville, PA 19506. There is no charge for the event but registration is required.
With 7.1 million grandchildren living with their grandparents and 4.7 million children living with “other relatives,” according to the 2010 census, almost 12 million children in America today are being raised in kinship care. Of course, this group of kinship providers comes with unique needs and challenges that are often difficult to address. The outcome for millions of children depend on the resources and support these families can access.
“Using Technology to Connect Generations: Some Considerations of Form and Function” is the title of an article recently published in the communication and education journal, Comunicar (vol. 23, no. 45, 2015). Written by Mariano Sánchez, Matt Kaplan, and Leah Bradley, the article focuses on education and learning processes within intergenerational programs that have a strong technology component. The article reports on results from a survey conducted with 46 intergenerational programs from 11 countries. The identified programs span a range of family contexts and community settings, and utilize new and emerging technologies to build relationships, promote understanding and facilitate cooperation between generations.
Project TRIP, from Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech, consists of an online training program, a series of fact sheets and other publications, and presentations – all with a focus on articulating effective practices in intergenerational programming.
The European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) is a collaborative network of members working together to support intergenerational learning taking place across Europe. Established in 2009, the network uses the existing expertise of partner organizations already working in the field to create a learning network for others involved in intergenerational programs across Europe.
“Bridging the Intergenerational Divide” is a BBC Capital article on intergenerational relations at the workplace. It presents many provocative examples and diverse perspectives about intergenerational contact and conflict at work. In the “consider an alternate view” section of the article, an argument is made to counter oversimplified notions about intergenerational tensions and conflict that are gaining increased media attention in recent years.*
"IK: Other Ways of Knowing" is an electronic, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective. The journal is published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).