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Downed cherry tree in pasture. Note nearly all cherry leaves stripped from the tree by cattle. Photo credit – Del Voight, Penn State Extension
Cyanide Poisoning of Livestock from Cherry Tree Leaves - Articles Articles
Take time to examine the woodlines along your pastures. If they contain cherry trees, you risk losing livestock to cyanide poisoning. More
New growth on alfalfa. Credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Cutting Height in Hay Fields: How Low Can You Go? - Articles Articles
As you head out to cut hay this spring, take time to examine your cutting height. How does your height match up with the following recommendations? More
Checking soybean spacing and depth. Photo credit: United Soybean Board.
Keep an Eye on Planting Depth in Corn and Soybeans - Articles Articles
Many planters will be in the fields this week. Take time to get off the tractor and check your seeding depth. More
New growth on alfalfa. Photo credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Assessing Your Alfalfa Stand this Spring - Articles Articles
As alfalfa breaks dormancy this spring, take time to evaluate the condition of your stand. Is it good enough to keep? More
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Questions About Your Pesticide Points? - Articles Articles
Is your pesticide license due to expire on March 31? Not sure how many points you need? Do you need to find upcoming meetings? Here’s a simple way to check! More
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Frost Seeding Time is Here - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Now is the time to consider frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. More
Frost Seeding of Pastures
Frost Seeding of Pastures - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Read about frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. More
Ants in Home Lawns
Ants in Home Lawns - Articles Articles

Ants in Home Lawns

Gregory Hoover

Several species of ants commonly inhabit home lawns and ornamental plantings of trees and shrubs. More
Boxwoods for Pennsylvania Landscapes
Boxwoods for Pennsylvania Landscapes - Articles Articles

Boxwoods for Pennsylvania Landscapes

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Gregory Hoover

In the nursery and landscape trade today, numerous boxwood varieties and hybrids are available. More
Carpenter ants associated with tupliptree scale are attracted by the abundance of honeydew.
Differentiating Magnolia Scale from Tuliptree Scale - Articles Articles
Magnolia or tuliptree branches with soft scales that are submitted for diagnosis, require identification of the soft scale insect species present on the sample. More
Frost Seeding for Pasture Renovation
Frost Seeding for Pasture Renovation - Articles Articles
Frost Seeding for Pasture Renovation-If stands are thin, consider frost seeding as an option to thicken your pasture. More
Crazing (figure 1)
Time to Check Your Poly Storage Tanks - Articles Articles
Many farms take advantage of using polyethylene (poly) tanks for transportation, storage and application of fertilizers and chemicals. More
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Disposing of Used Pesticide Containers - Articles Articles
Take time to dispose of used pesticide containers properly. More
Using Nature's Signals to Manage Landscape Pests
Using Nature's Signals to Manage Landscape Pests - Articles Articles

Using Nature's Signals to Manage Landscape Pests

Emelie Swackhamer, Gregory Hoover

The best way to make an effective pesticide application is to observe pest development at the site through regular monitoring. More
Recognize and Conserve Natural Enemies
Recognize and Conserve Natural Enemies - Articles Articles

Recognize and Conserve Natural Enemies

Karen Bernhard, Emelie Swackhamer, Gregory Hoover

Before you attempt to control a pest, take time to identify the suspects properly. Are you really sure they are harmful? More
Monitor Pests and Keep Records
Monitor Pests and Keep Records - Articles Articles

Monitor Pests and Keep Records

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Inspecting your plants on a regular basis is essential to identifying and evaluating plant problems in their early stages. More
Promote Plant Health
Promote Plant Health - Articles Articles

Promote Plant Health

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Healthy, vigorous plants are less vulnerable to attack by insects and disease. More
Plant with Care
Plant with Care - Articles Articles

Plant with Care

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

One of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health and long life of your plants is to plant them correctly. More
Pest Management Methods
Pest Management Methods - Articles Articles

Pest Management Methods

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

IPM (integrated pest management) primarily consists of methods used to prevent plant problems from occurring in the first place. More
Keeping Plants Well Groomed
Keeping Plants Well Groomed - Articles Articles

Keeping Plants Well Groomed

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Debris that builds up in the landscape can harbor pests and plant diseases. More
Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes
Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes - Articles Articles

Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

When a plant looks unhealthy or has been injured by an insect or a mite, often our first impulse is to apply a pesticide. More
Choosing Plants Wisely
Choosing Plants Wisely - Articles Articles

Choosing Plants Wisely

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

To create and maintain a healthy landscape, choose plants that are suited to the conditions in your yard. More
Beautiful garden landscapes, like the one in this illustration, can be obtained through smart and heathy management plans
Creating Healthy Landscapes - Articles Articles

Creating Healthy Landscapes

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

This article outlines steps to help homeowners take better care of landscape plants and provides an introduction to basic integrated pest management concepts. More