Organic Farmer Panel Shares Results from On-Farm Cover Crop Research
April 14, 2014
Three organic field crop farmers presented a panel discussion at the 2014 PASA Conference to share their experiences using diverse cover crop mixtures. The three farmers, Wade Esbenshade, Bucky Ziegler and Dan DeTurk, have been collaborating with Penn State Extension to conduct on-farm research measuring the ecosystem functions provided by cover crops in organic systems.
A Romance with Spiders
April 11, 2014
Spiders are the dominant terrestrial predators on earth with fascinating biology. Explore the biology of spiders with Dr. Linda Rayor, an expert on spider behavior and star of Monster Bug Wars. What is the most poisonous spider in the world? What animals are the most important predators on spiders? How is conflict between the sexes worked out among cannibals? What happens when spiders live together in groups? Find out more in ‘A romance with spiders’.
Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honeybees
April 7, 2014
University Park, Pa. -- Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.
Ben Franklin announces winner of Big Idea business plan contest
March 25, 2014
A local startup’s Big Idea has won $25,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Nina Jenkins of Penn State’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, nontoxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and further prevents bed bug infestations in homes and hotel rooms.
Stink bugs begin to come out from overwintering
March 20, 2014
As warmer weather is heating up the frozen winter ground, brown marmorated stink bugs are beginning to emerge. Susan Hyland, Master Gardener coordinator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Schuylkill County, said Wednesday that they can be pests but are not harmful and might be found in your home during the winter when they hibernate.