Statewide group to be a topic of conversation
Carbon focus, solar studied as renewable energy options for university operations.
Ways Pennsylvania Homeowners can Choose to Heat With Renewable Fuels
Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring, beginning April 14. It's time to choose your location!
The calendar still says March but it feels as though it is at least mid April. Be prepared to set out your sex pheromone traps earlier than normal, as they are the simplest tools to accurately establish biofix dates and to precisely monitor the trends in population development through the season. Warm temperatures resulted in increased activity of pear psylla adults, and pre-bloom application(s) of oil should slow down egg laying. San Jose scale nymphs become active when the sap begins to flow in the spring, and they should be controlled pre-bloom or during the first cover spray.
All current conditions point to an early spring and tree fruit bloom. At Rock Springs we had first bloom on Methley plums and pink on peaches on Friday March 25th. Last year we observed the same growth stage on April 29th!
During the 2016 Winter Tree Fruit Grower Meetings, this handout with tables was distributed for folks to use if they want to manually figure out infection periods for certain diseases (scab, fire blight, cherry leaf spot). Also included here is a table listing coppers available to manage bacterial spot during cover sprays.
Since 1980 weather patterns such as rainfall quantity and duration, temperature and extreme weather events have become increasingly erratic.
The April 2016 Field Notes is now online. Learn about April activities, A.T. Spotlight about accessible gardening, and adaptive fishing ideas with the start of trout season in just a few weeks.
Aprovia is a new fungicide (SDHI, FRAC group 7) available for pome fruit disease management. Due to crop safety concerns, BASF will be cancelling the pome fruit registration for Vivando.
New this spring is the herbicide Broadworks from Syngenta. It is a new chemistry for use in tree fruits with the active ingredient being mesotrione. The chemical family is triketone with an HRAC of Group 27.
This planting was established in August 2014 and included 11 named cultivars with ‘Chandler’ and ‘Sweet Charlie’ as the standards for comparison. In addition, there were 3 advanced selections from the breeding program at Cornell and 3 advanced selections from the breeding program at Rutgers.
A top-three “warm episode” (El Niño) brought some widely expected winter weather impacts to the U.S., but also provided some surprises. For example, atmospheric warmth in part supplied by the balmy central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean contributed to the nation’s warmest Decembe to -February period on record.
The updated vegetable recommendations are now available as a hardcopy for purchase or as a pdf download!
Citing the tragedy unfolding in Flint, Michigan, Rep. Angel Cruz (D-Philadelphia) was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators Tuesday calling for support of a legislation package that aims to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania.
If the rain that is forecasted comes to fruition, we will experience a major scab infection period late March 31–April 1. With temperatures averaging around 60°F, only 6 hours leaf wetness is needed to cause an infection event. Protection is needed for vulnerable green tissue.
In a move that increases its capacity to teach Pennsylvania agricultural producers how to comply with new federal food-safety demands, Penn State Extension recently hired an experienced educator in the field.
The National AgrAbility Project released the 2016 AgrAbility Harvest newsletter that highlights the 25th anniversary of AgrAbility, the upcoming National Training Workshop, and so much more.
After what has been on pace to be a top 10 warmest March statewide, a more wintry pattern will be in place for the beginning of April.
Marketing seems to be more of a focus at this time of year, just as some positive price movement occurs and the industry awaits official USDA planting projection reporting the end of March. Let’s not be caught off guard as we seek to secure the economic viability of our farm.