Register your field soon for the annual Five Acre Corn Club contest sponsored by Penn State and the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association.
Later harvest dates and disease concerns merit additional management considerations for this year’s wheat crop.
Traps have been deployed to monitor this pest around the state. Contact us if you are interested in joining the monitoring effort.
Armyworm and potato leafhoppers have been found in corn and alfalfa fields around Pennsylvania. Scout your fields and refer to this article for a refresher on threshold levels and monitoring suggestions.
If you find burcucumber in or around fields, refer to this summary of mechanical and chemical control options for this difficult weed.
Fertility issues are becoming more evident around the state as crop growth takes off. There are a number of different options for improving fertility mid-season, but these will only work if the fertility issue is properly diagnosed.
Extensive scouting for soybean insect pests and diseases is occurring across the state. Little insect damage and disease has been identified so far. See this article for the full report.
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.