Moderate temperatures observed so far this month extended the flights of the second generation of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller. Colder than usual weather also stretched the traditional periods when the control of these two pests may be needed.
The primary toxin, galitoxin, is found in all vegetative parts of the plant. In addition, a group of toxicants known as cardenolides may be responsible for digitalis-like signs that cause or contribute to death.
Hay is the most important part of the horse’s diet and makes up 50-100% of the horse’s diet. It is the best source of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and, most importantly, fiber that is necessary for normal gut function in the horse. The quality of hay varies considerably between different loads of hay.
Meeting concentrates on current issues within the horse industry and the PA Equine Council's Board of Director's Meeting.
The 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition is set for Sept. 27 – Oct. 5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Are you interested in food safety certification for your farming operation? Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are partnering to provide mock audit workshops throughout our state. Mock Audits are a great introduction to food safety, and are also useful to those well acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices as well as other Food Safety Standards and who are looking forward to the next step.
The 1st annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Junior Horse Championship Show was held July 26-27, 2014 at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.
DEP released the most current data for unconventional wells in Pennsylvania and once again the production figures have shown a dramatic increase. (more...)
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Centre Co. late last week. This is the first confirmed report in PA this season.
A number of different diseases including bacterial wilt and Fusarium wilt can cause cucurbits collapse in the field. Unfortunately, cucurbit yellow vine decline is another one to be concerned about.
Leaf mold is not just a high tunnel diseases, it can also be a problem in the field when conditions are favorable.
Corn earworm trap counts rising in 6 counties. Fall armyworm spiking in Erie.
The review of subdivisions and land developments is an important part of local municipal planning commissions, which impacts how our communities look. Penn State Extension, as part of the PA Municipal Planning Education Institute, will be conducting a Course in Subdivision & Land Development on September 18, 25 & October 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Moscow Borough Hall, 123 Van Brunt St., Moscow, PA 18444.
I don’t know about you, but crabgrass has been everywhere in my garden and lawn! Typically, I really don’t care about my lawn. It’s there to serve a purpose – that is provide a walking area to get from the vegetable garden to the chickens, to the perennial border, as well as providing that open area needed for the purple martins. However, the crabgrass is beginning to win a battle that I didn’t know was raging.
This past Saturday, some folks pulled into the local nursery, asking about the pretty pink flowers that are blooming along the fields and roadsides. They thought they might want to get some of those plants for their garden. What they were seeing is purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria.
During August, hybrid daylily bloom season is winding down except for the very late varieties, and, in some cases, the foliage is beginning to look pretty ratty with browned leaves or leaves with yellowed streaking.
Believe it or not, there is a lot to know about watering your garden! You say you just turn on the sprinklers, or stand with the hose in the evening and sprinkle your gardens? Sorry. Wrong on both counts!
Monarchs begin migrating south in the Lehigh Valley from late August through early October.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) that are in the remaining blackberries and blueberries being harvested could build up and move into adjacent late season raspberries. If your trap catches are high and you have had some problems with infested fruit, consider a post-harvest spray to reduce populations that are feeding on the last unpicked berries and dropped fruit.