Four of 7 spotted wing drosophila found this week were in black raspberries which are finishing up in Pennsylvania and shouldn’t be an issue at this point. First captures occurred in blueberry, grape and blackberry.
According to moth captures in sex pheromone traps located in various orchards in South-central Pennsylvania the third generation of Oriental fruit moth (OFM) and the second generation of codling moth (CM) just started. The first summer Brown Marmorated Stink Bug adult generation is imminent. While in the majority of orchards the numbers are still very low, at some locations we observed the first fruit injuries caused by this pest.
More and more news stories highlight recent evidence supporting increased protein intake to preserve muscle mass from mid-adulthood onward. Though cereal with dairy and fruit is a common and healthy breakfast, there are ways to increase the protein content of that menu, as well as other interesting and "protein-ful" combinations!
At this time of year, many calls are received at the Extension office from individuals who are interested in finding out how to eliminate aquatic plants that have suddenly taken over their ponds and have become a problem either aesthetically or for the pond’s recreational use.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and/or ticks when used as directed. “We are working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Although cucurbit downy mildew has not been confirmed in PA, it is still important to be scouting your fields!
The weather has been ideal for late blight resulting in an increased number of confirmed reports across Pennsylvania.
Can our local farms meet the growing demand for local food? In the Lehigh Valley, institutional sales to five hospitals and colleges surveyed alone could result in more than three million dollars of additional revenue for local farmers. Join us for a discussion of how farmers can meet the additional production, food safety and post-harvest handling demands of scaling up to add wholesale and institutional sales to their market mix.
Flowering Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) known to most by the name Bradford Pear, which was one of the first introduced cultivars of this Asian pear is probably the most over planted landscape tree.
It’s that time of year when we get reports about the various species of beetles responsible for grub damaged turf. It could be a banner year for white grubs. The adult beetles are active and you may have one or more species in your area.
Spotted wing drosophila was found in very low numbers in traps in southeastern PA (3 males out of 40 traps using a new commercially-available SWD Lure – Trece, Inc). Two of the SWD were in an unharvested cherry block, and one was in a trap in black raspberries. No female SWD were found at these sites yet, but judging from our brief experience with this pest in PA, it won't be long. Growers of raspberries (both red and black), blackberries, and blueberries in particular should be monitoring for SWD (check traps daily if possible), and should be prepared with effective materials for control.
A week of cool weather with no prolonged heat or dry conditions in the next 10 days.
Look at corn and soybean now for identifying management tactics for next year.
Identifying and containing new infestations is a critical first step in managing this new threat.
Major diseases of orchardgrass in our area has no quick fix yet, but fertility management helps.
Rapid growth stages of corn requires a lot of rain and the value adds up quickly too.
Soybean aphids, grasshoppers, and Japanese beetle pressure and disease pressure both low for now.
Soybean aphids have started to show up across the commonwealth and we are monitoring the Western Bean Cutworm.
Both agronomic risk and economics should be considered before an early fungicide application on corn.
People are concerned about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators; both honeybees and wild insects.