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Agriculture/Horticulture DVDs Offered by Penn State Media Sales

The Anatomy of the Udder

L24660VH, 1991 This video is designed to help viewers understand how the dairy cow produces milk. The video uses live animals, excised udders, and detailed diagrams to examine bovine lymph and blood circulatory systems, including supportive and secretory tissues.

From Feed to Milk: Understanding Rumen Function

L37282VH, 1996 . This video explains the ruminant's unique digestive system and shows how feeding management and nutrition can influence its function. Detailed is the physiology of the four stomach compartments and the complexities involved in digestion of feeds and demonstrates the practical applications in feeding management that can help the dairy producer achieve high levels of milk production. Also available in Spanish.

From Calf to Heifer; Understanding Rumen Development

381 73VH, 1999 This video explains the unique developmental process of the rumen as it occurs in todays calves and shows how feeding management and nutrition can influence its development. The video details the anatomical changes in the four stomach compartments of the ruminant from birth through the adult animal. It demonstrates the practical applications of feeding management, and calf feeding systems that can help the dairy producer achieve healthy and well-grown replacement animals. Also available in Spanish

Pasture for Horses

L25504VH , 1998 One of the greatest expenses of owning a horse is feed. Feed costs can be minimized by maintaining productive horse pastures. Productive pastures also are attractive and can improve horse health. This video not only provides advice on horse and pasture management, but also suggests easy-to-follow steps to ensure that pastures remain healthy and productive.

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture

Uses Eastern Nicaragua as an example for the entire cycle of slash-and-burn agriculture, from site selection to harvest. The program diagrams the less-visible aspects, such as nutrient cycling and the structural similarity between a cultivated plot and the tropical forest it replaces, and studies the system's ecological efficiency and consequences of changes in population, land base, or technology. Directed by Brian Weiss and James Ward.

From Seed to Feed, 300 years of Haymaking in Pennsylvania: 1640-1940

From Seed to Feed, 300 years of Haymaking in Pennsylvania: 1640-1940. A retrospect of 300 years of how hay was produced in PA from early colonization to pre-World War Two. Excellent film in the teaching of Agricultural History. Produced by WPSU for Pennsylvania Inside Out in conjuction with Penn State Pasto Agricultural Museum.

Body Condition Scoring for Dairy Cows

L23994VH, 1988 This video provides examples of cows scored one through five on the body condition scoring system. It shows how to use visual and tactile appraisal when scoring an animal, emphasizing the area around the loin and tail head. A supplemental circular is included in the set.

Farming in the Old Days: Small Grains

L37816VH 1998 This educational videotape reviews the history of the production, harvesting, and threshing of small grains. It covers the period from 6000 B.C., through our own Colonial period, to about the 1930s. Also sold as set: see L37817VH

Diseases of Ornamental Plants

This is video designed for students of Horticulture and professional Nurserymen. Identifies diseases and recommends courses of action to remedy. Written by Gary Moorman, Professor of Plant Pathology, The Pennsylvania State University. Produced by WPSX-TV. c1996

Heat Detection in Dairy Cattle

L24453VH, 1990 This video reviews heat detection in dairy herd management, including physiological events in the estrus cycle, primary and secondary signs of estrus, factors affecting estrus behavior, timing of insemination, and management practices that optimize heat detection efficiency.

Farming from the Heart

A two part documentary exploring the changes in the practices and technologies of today' s Pennsylvania farming communities. Twenty six farmers from sixteen counties present an eye-opening portrait of "life on the farm". Part 1 and 2 on one video-tape.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: An Introduction

This instructional series examines the specialized field of agricultural rescue, showing the machinery and structures used on a farm and the hazards and types of accidents associated with them. In this introductory program, a simulated tractor overturn is shown, and the rescue team, composed of Emergency Medical Services instructors, demonstrates the ten phases of successful rescue. Includes instructor's guide and student workbook. Produced for the College of Engineering by Penn State Television / WPSX-TV.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Manure Storage

Explains that gases often are the major concern in rescues from manure storage facilities, and rescuers stress the importance of restraint and personal protection in an effort to avoid complicating this type of accident.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Grain Storage

Describes what happens when a victim is partially or completely submerged in grain. Rescuers demonstrate how to deal with both situations while avoiding further injury to the farmer.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Tractors

Tractor overturns account for a large portion of farm accidents. Rescuers demonstrate the various ways to approach a tractor overturn.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Operating Tractors and Equipment

Points out that tractors and their accessories are among the most versatile pieces of farm equipment, and are involved in many farm accidents. Part 1, "Starting and Stopping," discusses all types of tractors. Part 2, "Hydraulics," shows how the tractor's hydraulic system works.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Cornpickers

Explains that cornpicker accidents often result in loss of limbs, and rescuers demonstrate several methods of dealing with cornpicker entrapments.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Grain Combines

Deals with the three accidents that most commonly occur with a combine: The harvesting head drops on the farmer, the farmer is pulled into the harvesting head, and the farmer is trapped by the grain bin auger during unloading.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Hay Baling -- Conventional Baler

Simulated rescues from the conventional bailer . Shows difference in conventional bailer and round bailer.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Hay Baling -- Large Round Baler

Describes the round baler and shows how it varies from the conventional baler. Simulated rescues from the pickup head and the baling chamber of the round baler are demonstrated.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Power Take-Off (PTO)

Explains that many pieces of farm equipment are powered from the tractor by the PTO shaft. Shows a simulated accident in which a farmer slips off his tractor and is wrapped around the rapidly rotating PTO shaft. Rescuers demonstrate the delicate disentanglement process.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Silage Wagons

Simulates an accident in which a farmer is trapped by the beater bar of a silage wagon. Rescuers demonstrate the best way to disentangle the victim.

Agricultural Accidents and Rescue: Silos

Discusses how removal of an accident victim from a silo presents unique problems, especially if damage to the silo is to be avoided. Presents a simulation of a silo accident in which rescuers use special rigging to remove the victim.

Around Round Barns

An engaging look at a handful of round barns in rural Iowa, noting their contribution to the folklore and history of the area, their excellent craftsmanship, and their practicality in deflecting wind externally and providing efficient circulation patterns internally. Present-day owners reminisce about farming in earlier times and offer a glimpse of modern farm life. Produced by Jonathan Mednick and Dirk Eitzen.+

Tractor Accidents: It's Not Gonna Happen to Me!

L36636 This video covers the topics of tractor safety including: pre-operational checks, machine knowledge, transportation safety, and operating safety. Why accidents happen and emergency response procedures are also addressed. (Vocational Education Productions 1990)

Composting and Compost Temperatures

L2391 4VH 1979 Paul Wuest, professor of plant pathology, explains the steps in mushroom compost production and the importance of temperature monitoring. This video shows the actual building of a mushroom compost pile.

Timberlane : A Sculpture Garden

Documents the sculpture garden at Timberlane, the Wurtzburger family estate in Pikesville, Maryland. Captures the interaction between works by noted 20th-century sculptors and the terraced garden designed by landscape architects James Rose and Thomas Church. c 1978 WPSX TV.

Calf Care

L241 07VH, 1989 . This video discusses the management of the newborn calf, including use of the esophageal feeder, dehorning, extra teat removal, administering subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, weighing, and measuring.

Uterine Body Insemination

L24480VH, 1990 This video shows basic reproductive anatomy and the rectovaginal technique of insemination, including cervical manipulation, correct semen placement, and methods of evaluating insemination rod tip placement. This review is appropriate for those already trained in uterine body insemination, including dairy and beef cattle producers, artificial insemination industry personnel, veterinarians, and college students.

Lyme Disease: Outsmarting the Deer Tick

L361 95VH 1991 Lyme disease is most often acquired during the warm weather months, although adult ticks are active year-round. This video provides information on lyme disease prevention and personal protection, symptoms and diagnosis, deer tick behavior and identification, tick control in the backyard, and lyme disease and pets.

Insects and Spiders and Mites, OH MY! Recognizing Beneficials in the Nursery and Landscape

This video chronicles the life stages of beneficial arthropods. Some are familiar, and some you may have never seen before. Nearly 90 percent of the footage in this video is devoted to high-quality, close-up microscopy of beneficials in their egg, larval, nymphal, pupal, or adult stages. It discusses 17 different groups of beneficial insects and their relatives commonly found on woody landscapes and nursery plants. Learning to recognize these important biocontrol agents is a first step in using them effectively in a pest management program on woody ornamental plants.

Home Poultry Flock Management

L35073VH 1987 This video provides an excellent introduction to home poultry production. It reviews the components of the home poultry facility, appropriate breed selection, feeds, and proper start-up and care of chicks.

Using Newspaper for Animal Bedding

L24247VH, 1989 A Snyder County farmer discusses the advantages of newspaper bedding. The program shows on-farm use of newspaper for bedding using a bale buster to chop and spread the paper. Supply sources are suggested.

Preventing Non-Ambulatory Cows

2491 4VH, 1993 Proper management practices need to be implemented to help prevent non-ambulatory animals. This video provides informa-tion on safe handling practices and facilities for producers, haulers, and auction personnel. The procedures outlined can help avoid stress and injury to animals both on the farm and in the market chain.

Managing Your Tabletop Incubator

L36159VH 1990 This video focuses on the successful management of a tabletop incubator. It takes the viewer step-by-step through the egg hatching process. While designed primarily for home or backyard poultry producers, the program is useful for anyone interested in hatching avian eggs.

Waste Not -- Want Not: Composting and Composting Alternatives

L36604VH 1993 This videotape introduces the viewer to alternative ways to dispose of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps. Designed especially for those living in cities, the program discusses how an urban dweller can recycle glass bottles and cans or build a compost pile on the tiniest plot of land. When and how to use garden mulch and alternative types of lawnmowers also are discussed.

Quality Eggs from Small Flocks

L24455VH 1990 Appropriate for all age groups, this video reviews the proper handling of eggs from the hen to the table in noncommercial situations. It covers flock management, potential contamination, and the washing, sanitizing, and storage of home-produced eggs. Food safety is stressed.

Pest Management for Mushroom Farmers

L34882VH 1988 Insect pests on mushroom farms can reduce yields significantly. This video focuses on the management of sciarid and phorid flies.

Why Honey Bees?

L36677VH 1993 Come, have a closer look, not only into the world of the honey bee but into the lives of individuals who keep and manage these fascinating creatures. [earn about the many new problems facing our nation's beekeepers and how beekeepers are working to overcome these obstacles. See what an important role honey bees play in our food chain and what impact their presence has on all of our lives. View this video and learn the answer to the question, Why honey bees?

Mushroom Research Center: Various Topics on Compost Quality Control

L40463VH 1979 Paul Wuest, professor of plant pathology, and Harry Muthersbaugh, Mushroom Research Center manager, explain how to take moisture checks and nitrogen analysis of compost.

HAZfacts: Pesticide Safety Training for Mushroom Workers

L249 1 6VH , 1992 Many regulations and standards are now law or are proposed for maintaining a chemical-safe workplace. Workers who cannot understand or read English are at risk for chemical exposure. This video provides a mode for training Spanish-speaking mushroom farm workers on right-to--know information, poisoning signs and symptoms, personal protective equipment, safety signs and signal words, and emergency treatment and personal hygiene.

Forage Brassicas for Extending the Grazing Season

L24 121 VH , 1989 This video provides an introduction to the use of brassica crops as forage for dairy cattle and livestock. It discusses varieties of brassicas with emphasis on time of planting in relation to time of utilization, yield, nutrient quality, morphology, and cold tolerance.

Herbicide Resistance: Dealing with Triazine-Resistant Weeds

L24816VH , 1992 This video discusses the history of triazine resistance, identifying the problem, preventive management techniques, the potential for other resistant weed problems, and tactics for reducing or controlling herbicide-resistant weeds.

IPM: A Conversation with Growers

L24915VH 1993 This program is about the success of three Pennsylvania growers using integrated pest management (IPM). We visit their full-time operations on a dairy farm with agronomic crops, a Christmas tree farm, and a commercial greenhouse. These growers produce high-quality products at a profit while protecting the health of their families, their employees, and the environment.

Growing Sorghums to Minimize Risks from Drought and Deer

L36617VH , 1993 Penn State researchers join crop producers in discussing the merits of growing sorghum as a alternative crop in areas where drought stress or deer damage make corn production difficult. The program includes some practical tips for growing and utilizing sorghums.

Common Threads

L51255VH, 1991 This video is designed for 4-H clothing and textile program leaders. It offers ideas for projects and activities, demonstrations, and fashion revues. It also provides answers to common questions on clothing and textiles.

Raising Profitable Dairy Heifers

L11851 VH , 1989 . This video stresses the importance of weighing and measuring heifers for growth. The Penn State Heifer Growth Chart is used for show what size heifers should be at 6 and 12 months of age. The program suggests manage-ment practices to follow from birth to age of freshening.

Varroa Mites: Detection, Life Cycle, and Control

[25501 VH 1999 Varroa mites are a major honey bee pest. This video shows and discusses their life cycle, how they are defected in colonies, and some control methods. While varroa mites are a serious problem, they can be controlled. Understanding how to monitor mite populations and the importance of treatment timing are essential for control. This video will provide critical information to effectively manage the varroa mite.

How to Calibrate a Manure Spreader

L11825VH 1987. This video shows procedures for determining how much manure a spreader is applying. It also describes calibration proce-dures for both liquid and solid manure spreaders.

Calibrating Herbicide Sprayers

L12212VH 1990 . This video has been prepared for growers of fruits, nursery stock, and Christmas trees. It demonstrates broadcast, over-the-top, and directed spray application techniques and provides step-by-step instructions on how to calibrate both tractor-mounted and backpack sprayers.

Farming in the Old Days: Corn

L37815VH , 1998 This educational videotape covers the history of the modern corn plant that originated in Central America some 5,000 years ago, when an obscure grass began to develop tiny seeds. The program begins with methods of planting and harvesting through the 1930s. Also sold as set: see L37817VH .

Farming in the Old Days: Corn and Small Grains Set

L37817VH Set (1998). Sold individually: see L37815VH and L37816VH .

Forest Stewardship at the Urban/Rural Interface

L36540VH 1992. Interviews with forest landowners, rural homeowners, developers, and natural resource managers tell the story of the changes in Pike County, Pennsylvania, as it evolves from a sparsely populated rural area to a bedroom community of New York City. The viewer will be introduced to the concepts of forest stewardship and managing natural resources. Narrated by David Forsyth.

Bat-Free Belfries: A Guide to Bat Proofing

L37073VH, 1995. This video explores the role of bats in northeastern ecosystems and highlights the need for their protection and management. It gives detailed guidelines on dealing with a single bat or a colony of bats in a building, identifying bat entrances, sealing buildings to prevent bat access, and providing alternative roosts--bat boxes--for displaced maternity colonies to occupy. The program is intended for homeowners seeking solutions to a bat problem, county extension agents, pest control operators, and wildlife conservation officers confronted with bat nuisance complaints.

Shiitake and Pleurotus Production

L34883VH 1987 This video shows natural log inoculation, production, and inoculation of synthetic rooms for Shiitake mushrooms and preparation of substrate ingredients, spawning, pinning, and harvesting of Pleurotus mushrooms.

Workshop on Spawn Run Compost Added to the Casing Layer

L34884VH 1987 This video demonstrates the application and mixing procedure for spawn run compost, crop management using spawn run compost, and the new insulated sandwich building panels used in renovating Penn State's Mushroom Test Demonstration Facility.

Using Physical Groundwater Flow Models for Demonstrations

L40572VH 1991 This video is appropriate for adults and youths. It shows the Wisconsin and Iowa physical groundwater flow models used to demonstrate groundwater contamination, processes, and controls

CD-ROM / The Weed Key and Identification System for Weeds of the Northeast

MacIntosh platform only. Criteria based search system and database for 180 weed species found in the Northeastern U.S. The database supplies textual and graphics information on all species. The program was developed to facilitate the user's ability to identify weeds with a minimum amount of data and taxonomic experience. Much easier to use than traditional dichotomous keys.

Manual/ Weeds of the Northeast Manual

Lavishly illustrated manual for identification of weeds in the region south to Virginia, north to Maine, southern Canada, and west to Ohio and Wisconsin. Based on vegitative rather than floral characteristics, this practical guide gives anyone who works with plants the ability to identify 298 common and economically important weeds before they flower. 416 pages, 746 color photos. Paper.

Scouting and Controlling Woody Ornamental Diseases in Landscapes and Nurseries

Field guide for identifying and controlling diseases in popular ornamental plants. Color photographs allow for easy identification. Print manual

Midwest Old Threshers Annual Reunion

An exciting glimpse of America's past is provided by this visit to the Old threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Each year, farmers and collectors gather to display, tinker and work their antique steam and gas tractors and engines. Horse driven threshing machines, separators, antique cars and trains, steam driven sawmills and a sorghum press are among the many attractions which chronicle the progress of power and machinery on the farm from the turn of the century through the 1920's. Authentic country music, bluegrass and fiddle music accompany the visitors as they participate in the antique and crafts exhibition, the daily stream cavalcade, plowing competition and evening square dances.

Agricultural, Occupational and Environmental Health Policy Strategies for the Future

Portrays farmers' concerns about health and safety on their farms. Emphasizes the need for new public policies to deal with rural health and safety issues.

Hazards on the Farm

Focuses exclusively on interviews with farmers and their wives. An insightful look at agricultural problems and methods to bring about changes.


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