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.
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest; whether it’s electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. I suspect many gardeners are the same way, looking for the latest in new perennials, hanging basket designs, or tomato cultivars. At times though, it is worth looking at the tried and true.
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Two horses were confirmed infected with VSV (New Jersey serotype) by compatible clinical signs and complement fixation test (CFT) antibody titer on Texas premises.
University of Maryland Extension is offering a seminar titled “Advanced Pasture Management: Beyond the Basics” to teach participants how to maximize the use and productivity of their horse pastures while improving horse and environmental health.
Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review
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What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? When buying livestock, there are a number of things you should consider before you make the commitment to purchase. Here are a few things to take a closer look at.