Pallman Farms is located in Clarks Summit, Pa, just outside Scranton, which is in plant hardiness zone 6a. They raise direct marketed turkeys, grow 10 to 12 acres of pick your own strawberries and wholesale tomatoes. They have been gracious hosts to many Penn State research plots over the years. Much of the late Dr. Cyril Smith’s vegetable soil fertility work was done on their farms in the 1980s and nineties. More recently Berry Specialist Kathy Demchak has conducted both strawberry herbicide and black root rot trials on the farm.
How do you feel about some visitors this fall? No – not the human kind - the winged, six-legged kind looking to over-winter in the comfort of your house and share your protecting space and heat in order to move outside again next spring and continue their normal life cycles.
The changing of the color of the leaves and the advent of falling temperatures at night along with pumpkin, broccoli, potato and apple harvest signals to me that cooler weather is just around the corner. Having worked many years with irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems in particular, I thought that this would be an appropriate time to share with you some tips on winterizing irrigation systems so that your system will be ready for next spring.
Do you question your skills when discussing “hot” agricultural topics with others? Are your media statements Ag Literate? Lori Connelly, Penn State, and Dr. Richard Stup, AgChoice, address this topic on Monday January 26 from 1 to 4 pm at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance hosts this workshop for growers of specialty crops.
Whole grains add much value to our body’s health. They add minerals, vitamins, fiber and keep us feeling full.
Penn State University is currently conducting a research project "Managing Parasite on Equine Operations - A Whole Farm Approach", provided through a NE SARE Research and Education Grant.
With winter approaching, horse owners will need to prepare and conduct a different approach in caring for their horses. Often neglect is the worst thing that happens to the horse during the winter months. Most horses are turned out to pasture and we only see them in the dark at feeding time. In the summer months, it is easy to provide loving care for the horse, when we are riding every day and want to make certain the horse is fit and in good health.
Parasite control is an important component of all equine health care programs.
Do you enjoy bird or wildlife watching out your windows? Why not add some features and resources to your property to attract them? Although backyard feeders are a popular way to attract birds, providing a source of water is equally important for creating a wildlife friendly yard.
A six-part PBS series to begin airing October 15 will feature a segment exploring the history of clean drinking water and what mark its importance has left on our world. Titled “How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson,” the program examines the history and people behind innovations that have been instrumental in creating a successful modern society.
Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) that effectively control urban stormwater runoff flow and reduce levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in stormwater runoff is integral to meeting water quality goals in local streams and downstream in the Chesapeake Bay.
Ideal dairy cow body condition scores can not be achieved overnight. A good foundation in precision feeding and monitoring body scores are essential on any dairy farm.
Fall is back to school time. Keep your child and yourself healthy this school year by keeping your immune system strong.
Penn State Extension of Lehigh County is pleased to announce a workshop devoted to helping farmers assess and choose marketing methods. Those interested in direct-to-consumer sales will learn with experts from Pennsylvania and New York.
October 17, 2014. Buying health insurance is a yearly task. It is also a time to refresh your memory about health insurance basics and a teachable moment for children, teens and adults!
Penn State Extension Hosting a Workshop and tour in Meadville
Pohopoco Creek Alpacas, located in Effort, PA has been recognized by Penn State Equine Extension as an Environmentally Friendly Farm, that follows and practices equine stewardship practices.
Effects on renewables among the concerns voiced.
Willow Biomass Energy and Alternate Applications
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit. For more information, please contact: Hannah Grose (717) 334-6271 Ext 320, email firstname.lastname@example.org.