Late blight is continuing to spread in commercial tomato and potato fields and now has been confirmed on tomato in a home garden in Lehigh County. This is the first report from a home garden this season.
This has been a wet year and plant pathogens have done very well, especially on herbaceous annual and perennial plants. Downy mildews, powdery mildews, fungal leaf spots, and bacterial diseases of leaves have all thrived in 2014.
As nighttime temperatures dip into the low 50s and the days continue to get shorter, one thing is certain; fall is coming. To most lawn care professionals, this is a welcome sight.
By spotting, collecting and submitting suspected Asian longhorned beetles to experts, Pennsylvanians can help keep the non-native, invasive wood-boring threat to the state’s trees at bay, according to agriculture officials.
Herd Health is absolutely a prime example of the age old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Many times a producer does not consider or appreciate the value of a true year-round herd health program until confronted with a difficult calving season or an unacceptable level of calf loss from health challenges.
Laser-guided robots and computer-programmed cleaning devices are allowing dairy farmers to work smarter rather than harder.
Penn State Extension provides updates on Tree Fruit insect and disease as part of the Fruit Times. Here is a few of the highlights.
Mock's Greenhouse and Farm has facilities in Berkeley Springs, WV and in Winber, PA.
The goal of monitoring dry matter intake is getting to know your cows. This is extremely important for understanding what is normal and what is abnormal for the operation. It can also help explain how the cows may be responding to forage quality changes, ration changes, or labor’s implementation of the feeding program.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), an organic food and farming non-profit, is offering scholarships for beginning farmers to their upcoming Fall courses. A beginning farmer is defined by the USDA as a person who has operated a farm or ranch for ten years or less. The Fall lineup of courses includes: Business of Farming, Tractor Safety and Maintenance, Skills-Scale-Sustainability, and Road to Certification. The deadline for scholarships applications is Friday, August 15th.
Some of the commonly used developmental models seem to be overestimating the pace of development for codling moth and Oriental fruit moth populations in some orchards. Please use on-site monitoring as the main indicator in deciding if and when a pesticide application is necessary. All stages of brown marmorated stink bug are being observed in and outside of orchards with some locations already reporting injured fruit.
Brushpiles is the opinion page of Forest Leaves. It’s a place for you to write in and share your reactions and thoughts about recent articles in the newsletter. This Tree of Heaven piece was written by Laura Jackson in response to Bill Paxton's recent Tree of Heaven article.
The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, DCNR officials said last week.
The Center for Private Forests at Penn State and its partners are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the 2015 Private Forest Landowner Conference, March 20-21 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.
First foods? Allergens? When to start? What do the experts say?
Odds are that you have aphids somewhere in your garden right now. There seems to be an aphid for almost every plant and with over 1300 species in just these United States what makes you think you can escape their attentions?
Spotted wing drosophila can attack ripening fruit, but like all other fruit flies, breed in decaying fruit. Trap catches are increasing in blackberry and late season raspberries and sprays should be maintained in blackberries until harvest is complete. Sprays on late season raspberries should start now if there is any color showing on the berries.
The more people are involved in supporting the mission of an organization or the vision of a community, the stronger that community is. Volunteers learn about non-profit and municipal services through volunteering. They practice leadership skills. They get things done.