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Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits
Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits - Articles Articles
Before planting your first fruit tree, you should conduct your own research regarding production, marketing, and financing the enterprise. More
Let new blueberry plants grow for two or even three years before allowing them to set fruit.
Recommendations for Blueberry Establishment - Articles Articles
For a crop that may fruit for fifty years under the right care, it is critical to get blueberry plants off to a strong, healthy start. More
Field day participants discuss disease management with Farmer Anton Shannon, at Good Work Farm.
Start Farming: Developing Your Disease Management Plan - Articles Articles
A field day at one of Penn State Extension’s Models for the Future sites reviewed the importance of a comprehensive disease management plan for your operation. More
Planning a Crop Rotation
Planning a Crop Rotation - Articles Articles
Creating a good plan for crop rotation in an easy-to-read map has many benefits. More
Chives ready to flower in early spring
Getting Started With Culinary Herbs - Articles Articles
Growing culinary herbs can be a profitable niche market. More
Model plot grower cooperators are in the re-strategizing and establishing years of developing their farm enterprises and incorporate many sustainable practices into their operations.
"Models for the Future" Demonstrate Best Management Practices - Articles Articles
On-farm demonstration plots are a key component of "Supporting Pennsylvania New Farmers in the Start-up, Re-strategizing, and Establishing Years". More
Blueberry Grower Interview
Blueberry Grower Interview - Videos Videos

Blueberry Grower Interview

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

3:22

Blueberry grower interview outlining the benefits and challenges of blueberry production. More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos
Here we will talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Peaches
Peach Production - Articles Articles

Peach Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Use "Foodie Sites" to Re-energize your Business
Use "Foodie Sites" to Re-energize your Business - Videos Videos
The "Foodie Sites" suggested in this video are only the tip of the iceberg in online resources. More
Producción de Brócoli
Producción de Brócoli - Articles Articles

Producción de Brócoli

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

El brócoli es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Pumpkins
Pumpkin Production - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Pumpkins are well-suited to small-scale and part-time farming operations. Marketing opportunities, such as wholesale, retail, and pick-your-own, are options. More
Watermelon
Watermelon Production - Articles Articles

Watermelon Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
Bedded white-tailed deer
White-tailed Deer Production - Articles Articles
White-tailed deer farming has become an established and growing industry over the past two decades. More
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations - Articles Articles
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings, Penn State Extension educators working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites around the state. More