Penn State research has helped shape apple industry
August 17, 2016
One glance at a commercial orchard today and you realize these aren't your grandfather's apple trees. Long gone are the 40-foot-high, widely spaced, gnarled and spindly trees of the past. They have been replaced by squat, tightly planted trees loaded with low-hanging fruit.
Late summer pigweed management critical for farmers
August 12, 2016
Late summer is a critical time for corn and soybean growers to control the spread of invasive Palmer amaranth and waterhemp, which pose a serious threat to crop yields. But these weeds have developed resistance to commonly used herbicides, according to extension specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who will be available to offer advice and information to growers at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18.
Private gift makes Penn State's wood collection one of world's largest
August 11, 2016
When Dennis Brett decided to keep his first block of wood, World War II had just ended and Harry Truman was president. By comparison, Penn State's modest wood collection, which has been enhanced as a result of Brett's generosity, was already about 40 years old by that time.
Student Stories: Plant Science students travel to the Emerald Isle
August 4, 2016
Penn State Plant Science majors Casey Baxter and Mikaela Hermstedt may know all there is to know about the Irish potato famine. This past spring, they took HORT 499H Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies. The honors class included a 10-day trip to Ireland after a semester of lectures on the potato and other essential crops of both the United States and Ireland.