Do some of the branches on your crabapple or flowering pear tree look like they were hit with a torch? Before you blame the neighbor or the kids in the area, you might want to take a closer look and consider the possibility that it is Fire Blight.
Today we are experiencing our fourth wave of interest in summer pruning fruit trees during the past 130 years. Summer pruning is a vague term and simply refers to the time of year pruning is performed (when trees have foliage) and does not describe the type of pruning cuts, pruning severity or the physiological stage of tree development when pruning is performed.
Due to the wide diversity of genus and species among cut flowers, managing weeds often requires different approaches depending on the specific weed, specific flower or woody stem, time of year and level of weed infestation.
Traveling offers the opportunity to observe families in restaurants, in airports, and on public transportation. Unsurprisingly, what is observed are people glued to some kind of technological device. No eye contact, no conversation, no playful interactions, and looking alone within the family.
During a recent conference call of Penn State Extension educators, specialists and faculty working with vegetable production, the topic of herbicide injury to crops was brought up repeatedly.
The Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling (PPCR) program is available to commercial pesticide applicators across Pennsylvania. The voluntary program offers applicators a free, easy, and responsible way to dispose of clean, empty containers. In 2013, the PPCR collected over 125,000 pounds of reusable agricultural plastics. Last year the program celebrated its 20 year anniversary, collecting nearly 2 million pounds of plastic since its inception.
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The Penn State Pesticide Education Program is looking for input from our newsletter readers! Over the past few months, during recertification credit meetings, you may have been asked to complete the survey shown to the right.
You or your employees have just taken the pesticide applicator certification exam. How soon will you get results? In the past, probably not as quick as you would prefer, but technology is helping to change that.
The registration period for CHEMSWEEP 2014 is now closed, but we are already looking ahead to next year! The counties eligible for CHEMSWEEP 2015 are: Bucks, Crawford, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mercer, Miffl in, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Westmoreland.
The following report is a summary of all official pesticide enforcement actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Division of Health and Safety against private applicators, commercial applicators, dealers, pesticide businesses, and citizens of the Commonwealth.
Calibration of air blast sprayer (ABS) equipment is the best way to ensure spray applications are effective, efficient, and economical. Poor spray coverage is the primary cause of reduced spray product performance. Regular care and maintenance will ensure the sprayer is residue-free and in good operating condition.
Are we good stewards of our environment? Are we careful and responsible for the protection of our environment? Pesticide stewardship is part of the stewardship of our environment.
Many of you may have seen the winter meeting presentation on the top tips for pesticide applicators. Here are a few of the tips included in that presentation.
First confirmed reports of late blight this summer are on potato in New York and North Carolina.
In just over a year, several study material packets for the category certification exams were completely revised. The primary reason these categories needed updated was limited availability of materials currently in the packets or very outdated manuals.
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In June 2013, our office launched four online pesticide recertification courses and two more since then. In 10 months, 140 courses have been taken! As many of you found out, these are not typical online courses!
Conditions so far this season have been excellent for many stone and pome fruit diseases. Sooty blotch/flyspeck treatment threshold has been reached and disease control is encouraged. In addition to SBFS, management strategies are covered for fire blight, apple scab, fruit rots, bacterial spot, cherry leaf spot, and powdery mildew.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented the final set of soil fumigant label changes on December 1, 2012. The new measures are intended to protect handlers, reentry workers, and bystanders from risks resulting from exposure to soil fumigant pesticides. Although the new measures are designed to address all risks, the main focus is on acute human inhalation risks associated with these products.