Darla Romberger grew up on a crop and beef farm in Schulkill County, Pennsylvania and her family operates a feed mill. Today, Romberger teaches Ag at Cumberland Valley High School, and says it’s disheartening to find a quick internet search reveals numerous tractor accidents. “The more human error we can eliminate, the better we do,” said Romberger. “When you aren’t paying attention, that’s when bad things happen.” [Read more…]
Managing plant diseases challenges many organic producers, but with the right products and techniques, farmers can improve yield, according to presenters at the recent eOrganic.info webinar, “Using biofungicides, biostimulants and biofertilizers to boost crop productivity and help manage vegetable diseases”, co-hosted by the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project. [Read more…]
by Steve Wagner
“None of you would be here today if it were not for this protein,” according to Troy Ott, a reproductive biologist and associate director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State University. “This protein is called syncytium (pronounced sin-SISH-um),” he told attendees at the 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. “If your mother could not express that protein, she could not form a placenta…Every baby was born because of this protein.” [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Controlling disease challenges many organic growers. The University of Vermont Extension presented “High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops” as a webinar recently in partnership with eOrganics. Dr. Heather Darby, professor and University of Vermont Extension representative, Abha Gupta, crops and soils coordinator with the University of Vermont Extension, and Katie Campbell-Nelson, a University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension agent, presented the webinar. [Read more…]
Pennsylvania can count itself lucky in the matter of spreading high path avian influenza; it has not yet reached the commonwealth. Bird flu is never inevitable. It’s the luck of the draw.
Bird flu could wind up in any state from Maine to New York to Virginia. [Read more…]