Families are the foundation of our society. Family vitality is crucial since strong families create strong communities.
The Penn State Extension Water Resources team offers a monthly webinar on various water resources topics on the last Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.
Three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid) were detected commonly throughout the growing season in water samples collected from nine Midwestern stream sites during the 2013 growing season according to a team of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists.
The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn what factors are involved in determining royalty calculations and of the new royalty calculator in this two-part article.
Three species of bots are considered serious pests to horses. The bot is the larval stage of the horse bot fly, Gastrophilus species. Bot fly species vary in where they lay their eggs on the horse and how the eggs hatch. In general, they lay eggs on the forelegs, shoulders and lips during the summer and fall. Where the eggs are laid describes the three species: common bot fly, chin bot fly and nose bot fly.
While in most orchards the brown marmorated stink bug numbers are still very low, at some locations we spotted the first fruit injuries caused by this pest. Populations of spotted wing drosophila might be higher than in the past this season due to tart cherry blocks that were not harvested because of a light crop and their potential as reservoirs for SWD populations to build.
Management is discussed for controlling the physiological disorder necrotic leaf blotch, which is being reported throughout the area. Managing late season bacterial spot and rot diseases on stone fruit is also discussed. Disease infection periods to date for apple scab, fire blight, cedar apple rust and cherry leaf spot are included to help growers determine where control failures may have occurred this season.
Second generation flights of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller are underway in South-Central PA orchards, and third generation Oriental fruit moth and second generation codling moth flights are beginning. During our weekly searches on various actual and potential BMSB hosts we are continuously finding all instars of brown marmorated stink bug.
The wineberries are ripening and the birds have already discovered them. If you fancy some wineberry pie or wineberry wine now is the time to hit the road and gather wineberries while you still have time!
Late blight has now been confirmed in 10 counties on tomato and/or potato and is continuing to spread quickly.
This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payment to eligible producers.
Hands-on activities designed to be fun, interactive and educational will expose young people to a variety of scientific fields at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14. Displays will engage young visitors in robotics, animal science and health, wildlife ecology and other topics, according to event organizers.
Cucurbit downy mildew has not been confirmed yet in PA but was just confirmed on cucumber in Salem Co. in southern New Jersey yesterday.
Plant tissue analysis is used to directly measure the amount of nutrients in fruit trees, and for established perennial crops, is usually a better indicator of nutrient status than a soil test. Nutrient management plays an especially critical role in new high density plantings because the trees come into production earlier, have higher per acre yields and smaller root systems.
Reduced air circulation and high relative humidity means an increased likelihood of seeing leaf mold in high tunnels.
Keeping a family safe, healthy and happy can be a daunting task. But a visit to the Family Room at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can help make that job a little easier.
Now this the time of year that we start seeing powdery mildew on cucurbits. Now is the time to be scouting your crops!
Late blight is a common disease in tomatoes and potatoes caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans. The disease thrives in cool, moist conditions and can wipe out an entire crop within just a few weeks of infestation. The following advice should help home canners decide whether or not they should process tomatoes or potatoes that show visible signs of late blight infestation.
Bouts of humid sticky weather intermixed with short cool, dry episodes continue. No widespread rainfall in the near future.
Many barley varieties recover from winter injury and perform very well in trials