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primary reason these categories needed updated was limited availability of materials currently in the packets or very outdated manuals.
In addition to our website, you can also follow the Pesticide Education Program by visiting:
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.
The average horse will intake 5 to 10 gallons of fresh water per day. Water consumption is extremely important in the digestive process to avoid colic impaction, dehydration and other life threatening ailments.
Butterflies dance from one flower to another while honey bees gather pollen to take back to the hive for the production of honey. This is pollination at its best, but pollination is also done by other bee species, some beetles, certain wasps, some flies, etc.
Brown marmorated stink bug nymphs are now present in orchards, which means a shift from “probable BMSB injuries” to actual nymphal feeding (and injuries) on fruit. From mid July until November, traps baited with commercially available, BMSB lures are very effective in detecting and capturing BMSB adults and nymphs. Green/spirea aphids, leafhoppers (potato, white apple and rose) and leafminers are the insects to watch for during the month of July.
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) inspectors were recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their outstanding work to protect the state’s plant industries.
I suppose I do not have to tell you that bacterial spot is a difficult disease to manage. Despite numerous bactericide applications, significant yield loss is not uncommon depending on the disease pressure and cultivar susceptibility. As a Master’s student in the department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State, much of my research was focused on refining bacterial spot management. Specifically, I examined the epidemiology of bacterial spot, the defoliation associated with the disease, and age related resistance in fruit.
The Penn State Extension Diabetes Program Team has won the 2014 Penn State Extension Award of Excellence for Partnerships and Collaboration.
A toll-free hotline is available for growers in the region to receive seasonal updates about pest and pest management information. Laminated copies of the fungicide resistance management guidelines for scab, powdery mildew, brown rot, and peach scab are available for anyone who didn’t receive a copy during the spring twilight meetings this year.
Penn State Extension, as part of the Greening the Lower Susquehanna project, has developed a new citizen science monitoring tool. It is designed for families that have recently made stream side improvements on their property and would like to measure the valuable changes in wildlife habitat that take place as a result.
Landowners throughout the shale play who have active leases, but no drilling may be looking at the calendar to see if their lease will expire.
Do you want to diversify your business? Are you interested in cut flowers? Please join Penn State Extension on August 12, 2014, 3 pm – 6 pm for the New Grower Cut Flower School at Lilies and Lavender farm in Doylestown, PA.
The Seed Farm will showcase soil & weed management equipment for small and medium scale vegetable producers at its annual Equipment Demonstration Field Day.
With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.