Healthy soil should be the objective of every farmer. But what is soil health and how can it be improved? In these free workshops you will get an overview of the basics of soil health and how to evaluate it, and learn about 14 principles and practices that help to improve soil health. You will receive a copy of the new publication ‘Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production’, and be able to observe a live demonstration of the effects of poor and good management on soil health. Soil health specialists from Penn State and USDA-NRCS will be presenting and farmers from your area will explain how they have improved soil health on their farm. Come join us for an exciting exchange of ideas!
Regular soil sampling is essential to not only to balance soil nutrient levels but sets the stage for maximum economic yields. Soil testing can also serve as a barometer of soil health and productivity.
Greenhouse and high tunnel growers of vegetables, small fruit and ornamentals will come away from this program with more options for pest management. This program is organic and conventional grower friendly.
Thirty-eight landowners, representing 64 acres of ponds, from Cumberland and surrounding counties participated in a Pond and Lake Management Workshop held at the Penn State Extension Office in Carlisle.
Certainly having a volunteer who has served for 50 years is a fantastic achievement but to have three volunteers reach 50 years is exceptional. Sandy Long, Barb Rebert and Galen Smith were honored at the recent Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Night held at Highland Vue Farms, Newville. All three long time 4-H members went directly from being a member to being a leader.
Area youth, ages 8-12, are invited to join us for our annual 4-H Lock-In on October 23 from 6PM-11PM at the Cumberland County Extension Office in Carlisle. This event is open to ALL youth ages 8-12.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Over the past year, Extension educators around the state connected with a variety of youth audiences to teach them about water quality and help them to be more aware of where their drinking water comes from.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
Be careful not to hurt your pasture stand this fall. Read about tips for successful fall pasture management
National Farm Safety Week is coming up, but think safety every day.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Cover crops offer many benefits: they help protect soil from water and wind erosion, improve water infiltration, improve soil structure, help build soil organic matter content, they capture and recycle plant nutrients and can provide forage for your animals. Hear why leading no-till farmers use cover crops in this video.
Penn State Extension and The Penn State Department of Plant Science are excited announce the latest all-day Strawberry School. This school covers everything you need to know about strawberry production in one intensive day. The school will take place March 17 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Penn State Extension Office at 670 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg. The early registration fee is $75 per person until March 12, 2015, then $95
Low prices for commodity crops are never good for agricultural producers. But for small farmers, many of whom already depend on off-farm income, this is not a good scenario. Navigating this uncertain financial terrain is not for the faint of heart; fortunately, at-risk residents in rural communities have the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on their side to provide them with the information they need. Land-grant universities (LGU) provide research-based information through non-formal, non-credit to residents in their state.
If you are anxious, after a long winter, to get outside and start digging in your vegetable garden, then this is the gardening workshop for you. Join local garden guru George Weigel for Ready, Set, Grow! on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Carlisle, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free workshop on “Soil Health and Cover Crops” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.