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A Penn State drinking water testing kit (photo J. Clark)
New Video: How to Interpret a Penn State Drinking Water Test Report - News News
Penn State Extension recently completed a short video that explains the components of a water test report including how to interpret the results for drinking water. More
Proper pond management can ensure an aesthetically pleasing pond that provides great fishing, swimming and other recreational uses (photo B. Swistock).
New LearnNow Video Discusses Tips for a Healthier Pond - News News
There are thousands of earthen ponds and lakes across Pennsylvania that provide many benefits to homeowners and farmers, but they have their share of problems. More
Participants at the 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium pre-conference tour listen to Dave Yoxtheimer discuss the Birmingham Thrust Fault near State College, PA (photo credit: Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension).
Groundwater Facts and Fiction Highlighted at 2018 PA Groundwater Symposium - News News
Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7-8, 2018 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA for the 2018 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. More
Thinning Peach Blossoms: Increase Fruit Size and Reduce Labor Requirement
Thinning Peach Blossoms: Increase Fruit Size and Reduce Labor Requirement - News News
Peach blossoms are just starting to open this season, and full bloom will be more than a week later than normal. More
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials - News News
This Penn State Extension publication, in Spanish and English, is designed for use by orchard employees - often the first individuals to detect a new occurrence of a fruit disease or insect pest. More
New Project to Provide Training and Free Water Testing to MWON Volunteers New Project to Provide Training and Free Water Testing to MWON Volunteers - News
By gaining more information about their own water supply, Master Well Owner Network Volunteers will increase knowledge to educate others. More
Justin Brackenrich, PSU
New Agronomy Educator Begins Work in Butler County - News News
Welcome Justin Brackenrich to Butler County. Justin is serving as the new Agronomy Educator with PSU Extension helping provide coverage to Western Pennsylvania. More
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting - News News
In response to an early bloom, wet spring and dry summer, apples matured earlier than normal in 2017. More
MWON volunteer Bill Spigler provided a display on private water system maintenance at the Renfrew, PA Earth Day celebration in April 2017 (photo by Kathleen Seiler).
An Update of the Pennsylvania Master Well Owner Network (2016-2017) - News News
Highlighting accomplishments of Penn State's Master Well Owner Network over the past program year. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen - News News
We again sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith this week. More
Aztec Fuji fruit bowl. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Twelve - News News
This week we sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith grown in Maryland. More
Both Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith are ripening, but also showing signs of sun damage from the dry weather in September. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eleven - News News
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” This week we again sampled late-season apples, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Ten
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Ten - News News
Granny Smith fruit harvested from Western Maryland are nearing storage maturity, and Cripps Pink fruit are beginning to lose ground color. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eight and Nine
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eight and Nine - News News
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” To update you on late season apples, this week we sampled Nagafu Fuji and GoldRush. More
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish - News News
An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Seven
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Seven - News News
This week we received three fruit samples from a Maryland grower who grows a wide variety of ‘newer’ apple cultivars for direct-market sales. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Six
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Six - News News
Daybreak Fuji and Olympic Asian Pear are ten days ahead of last year. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Five
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Five - News News
Focus on Honeycrisp, what a difference a week makes! More
Topworked block of hard cider varieties under trial at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Penn State Cider Orchard Production Survey Findings - News News
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team conducted a survey to assess the needs of hard cider fruit producers across the state and the Mid-Atlantic region. More
Photo 1: Measuring the starch pattern index. Photo by Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Four - News News
With the continued cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall in August, fruit size and red color are good. Gala harvest is in full swing; picking began soon after we sampled. More
Installing a drainfield. Photo:Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Well and Septic System Management presented in Monroe County - News News
Approximately one million rural homes and farms across Pennsylvania utilize private wells for drinking water and onlot septic systems for wastewater disposal. More
Range of Premier Honeycrisp maturities for the whole tree strip-picked on August 15, 2017. Fruits were hand-sorted in the laboratory for a storage study, using 1962 USDA Golden Delicious Color Chips. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Three - News News
Week 3 maturity assessments indicate a need to be ready for an early apple harvest and possible spray applications to prevent preharvest drop. More
Buckeye Gala (left) Premier Honeycrisp (right) Photos: T. Baugher, Penn State
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Two - News News
This week, maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp and two red Gala cultivars are compared. More
Ultima Gala (left) Honeycrisp (right) Photo: Kathleen W. Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week One - News News
August 1, 2017 we collected our first fruit samples for assessments of the maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp, Buckeye Gala, and Ultima Gala. More
Blush and ground color changes as fruit mature. Photo: Brianne Redman
Assessing Apple Fruit Maturity in 2017 - News News
This is the second year of a grower-funded project to routinely assess fruit starch levels, ground color, and other maturity indices. More
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