Less herbicide needed in no-til planting… see Story below:

More ID thefts investigated in McKean County….License plate stolen off of car parked at McKean County Fair…all four Port Allegany residents charged with physical harassment…Elderly Ridgway driver unhurt in Potter County car fire…NY man arrested for drug possession and harassment in Potter County…research indicates less herbicides can be used in no-til planting….Covid cases continue to go up in PA

Tuesday’s high, 89; Overnight low, 62







McKean County

State police at Lewis Run have investigated a couple more ID thefts. Someone used information belonging to a 50 year old Port Allegany man to fraudulently apply for unemployment compensation Monday afternoon and information belonging to a 32 Eldred man was used Tuesday morning in an attempt to Illegally file for unemployment.  A 59 year old Belle Vernon woman told troopers she had received an email regarding a “faulty” Amazon order and was instructed to send the caller a $500 gift card. Police continue to advise citizens to avoid responding to such emails. Authorities did not indicate the connection to McKean County.

A tangible theft is also being probed by state police at Lewis Run. A  license plate was stolen off of a 2012 Mazda owned by an 18 year old Bradford woman while it was parked on Route 46 last Friday during the McKean County Fair.

All four Port Allegany residents involved in a scuffle last Thursday night on Allan Street at Route 46 in Keating Township have been cited for harassment. No details were released but the suspects have been identified as 19 year old Ariana Bidwell, 39 year old Rose Bickford and two teenage girls, ages 15 and 16.

Troopers at Lewis Run arrested 63 year old Cindy Lloyd of Smethport for allegedly assaulting a 70 year old Smethport man during a domedtic violence incident Sunday morning on Route 6.

DUI charges are pending against a 19 year old Bradford resident who was stopped by troopers on Mechanic Street in Bradford early Sunday morning. Authorities claim the suspect was driving his 2014 Ford under the influence.  His name was not released, however troopers did report 22 year old Zachary Koch of Bradford was arrested for DUI after he was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance when they served a warrant.

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Foster Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, Jacob Davis of Bradford was going east on Route 346 when his Chevrolet Transit crossed the center line. His passengers were identified as Derek Eaton of Olean, Renee Infalt of Bradford, a 14 year old Bradford boy, a 13 year old Bradford boy, and  a 12 year old Bradford boy. No further information was revealed.

Potter County

An elderly Ridgway driver esc aped injury in a car fire Monday afternoon on Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township. State police explained 80 year old Joseph Snyder was going south near Vader Hill when he noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of his 2002 Buick Park Avenue. He was able to put the car into the intersection where it became engulfed in flames. Snyder was taken to UPMC Cole for evaluation. (Photo courtesy of Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept.)

Troopers at Coudersport arrested 32 year old Joseph Kruger of Hamburg, NY for drug possession after stopping his 2015 Dodge Ram on the Cherry Springs Road Sunday morning. Authorities seized suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. A few minutes before that,. Troopers cite Kruger for physical harassment for an alleged domestic violence incident taking place at 4477 Cherry Springs Roadf in which Kruger reportedly assaulted 31 year old Kelsey  Tender of Hamburg.


Farmers using no-till production — in which soil never or rarely is plowed or disturbed — can reduce herbicide use and still maintain crop yields by implementing integrated weed-management methods, according to a new study conducted by Penn State researchers.

While no-till agriculture can conserve soil and energy, it relies primarily on herbicides for weed control and to terminate cover crops and perennial crops, noted the study’s lead author, Heather Karsten, associate professor of crop production/ecology. When farmers are no longer using tillage to disrupt weed growth, they typically use more herbicides to control weeds.

The  research group in the College of Agricultural Sciences has been studying sustainable dairy farming for more than a decade in experiments at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs. This integrated-weed-management study is the latest spinoff from that larger research project.

To test whether herbicide applications could be reduced in no-till production, lessening the environmental impact and selection pressure for herbicide resistance, researchers conducted a nine-year experiment using herbicide-reduction practices in a dairy crop rotation.

The rotation included soybean, corn with fall-planted cover crops, and three years of alfalfa, followed by winter canola. The following practices were used to reduce herbicide inputs: applying herbicides only in bands over corn and soybean rows and using high-residue, inter-row cultivation; seeding a small-grain companion crop such as oats with perennials alfalfa and orchardgrass; and plowing once in six-years to terminate the perennial forage rather than killing it with an herbicide.

These practices were compared with standard herbicide-based weed management in continuous no-till, which consists of repeated herbicide applications. To measure the results, researchers sampled weed biomass in soybean, corn and the first two alfalfa forage years.

In findings recently published in Agronomy Journal, the researchers reported that there was more weed biomass in the reduced herbicide treatment, leading to more weeds over the years in the reduced-herbicide corn and soybean treatments — but that the added weed pressure did not substantially affect crop yields or differences in net return. In the following alfalfa forage seeding year, weed biomass was rarely greater in the reduced-herbicide treatment, and was never greater by the second year of alfalfa forage.

Crop yield and differences in net return were similar in most crops and years, Karsten pointed out, explaining that the research results suggest that using an integrated-weed-management approach with reduced herbicide inputs can be effective.

Also involved in the research were Haleigh Summers, master’s degree student in plant science; Glenna Malcolm, associate teaching professor of biology; and William Curran, professor emeritus of weed science.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded this research.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, there were 2,795 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,272,350.

ELK 1630
McKEAN 2988
TIOGA 2659

There are 1,498 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 410 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.
The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again.
Statewide percent positivity for the week of Aug 13 – Aug. 19 stood at 6.9%.
As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, there were 22 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,098 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
According to the CDC, as of Monday, Aug. 23, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.
According to the CDC, as of Monday, Aug. 23, 65.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
Vaccine providers have administered 12,038,733 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, Aug. 24.
5,892,115 people are fully vaccinated; with 16,830 vaccinations administered yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 17,300 people per day receiving vaccinations.
In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 73,111 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,819 cases among employees, for a total of 88,930 at 1,604 distinct facilities in all 67 counties Approximately 29,954 of total cases have been among health care workers.
All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.
A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.