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An example of a quad plate demonstrating growth from a quarter sample of a cow with a high SCC.  (photo by Ginger Fenton, 2015)
July 3, 2017

New ways to incorporate on-farm culturing in herd health routines.

July 3, 2017

A look at feeding management in Pennsylvania robot herds.

July 3, 2017

Honoring a family tradition that spans generations, Suzann Tedesco and her husband, Vincent “Vin” Tedesco, both Penn State alumni, recently sponsored a garden at Penn State located between the Henderson and Biobehavioral Health buildings, the same area on campus where Suzann Tedesco spent much of her time as an undergraduate student studying home economics in the early 1960s.

Ambrosia fruit. Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
July 3, 2017

The Mid-Atlantic region is blessed with an abundant supply of good fertile soils that can produce high quality deciduous fruit.

July 3, 2017

Scientists expect that this year’s mid-summer Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone or “dead zone” — an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life — will be approximately 1.58 cubic miles, about the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools. This is close to the long-term average as measured since 1950.

July 3, 2017

The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, tiny robots could help address this issue by zooming around contaminated water and cleaning up disease-causing bacteria, report scientists.

Volunteers plant a riparian buffer on Mill Creek,Lancaster County, Photo: Kristen Kyler, Penn State University
July 3, 2017

Volunteers gathered on June 10th at a family farm just outside of New Holland along the banks of Mill Creek. The group included Penn State’s Greening the Lower Susquehanna volunteers, dedicated Lancaster County Citizens, and enthusiastic attendees from Lancaster County’s first annual Water Week activities. The day was filled with hard work for a good cause.

Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 30 June 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
June 30, 2017

Be on the lookout for downy mildew on cucumber and cantaloupe. Diseases such as Phytophthora blight, blackleg on potato and bacterial diseases that spread in some of the recent rain events that moved across the Pennsylvania as well as timber rot in high tunnel tomatoes.

Stephen Buchholz, Penn State Extension associate director for business operations.
June 29, 2017

Penn State Extension has named Stephen Buchholz, formerly vice president for institutional effectiveness and advancement at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, as associate director for business operations. The appointment is part of recently announced changes to Penn State Extension's organizational structure, product development and program delivery.

Corn Earworm is present in most sites, and above spray thresholds for silking corn in Blair and Washington County. Photo: S. Fleischer, Penn State
June 29, 2017

Corn earworm (CEW) is exceeding thresholds throughout the state and European corn borer (ECB) in Bradford County to the northeast. Silking corn will be very attractive to early-season moths.

June 28, 2017

Enjoy the cooler weather... Showers, heat and humidity return for the weekend.

June 28, 2017

With better growing conditions, most soybean fields seem to be growing well and have left slug damage behind (with few or no exceptions, I hope). From the reports we have this week pest populations remain low, bean leaf beetles, silver spotted skipper caterpillars, and leafhoppers are active, but we have not encountered meaningful populations. Remember that vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, one report of bacterial wilt and perhaps some anthracnose came in this week, so when scouting your fields, look out for these and others that might becoming active.

June 28, 2017

While slugs are fresh in our minds it may be beneficial to discuss some longer-term slug-management options that might help decrease future slug challenges.

June 28, 2017

Just a day or two away is one of the more unusual USDA crop reporting dates. At noon eastern time on June 30th we will get the regular “stocks” report along with the highly anticipated annual “acres” report. This acres report will be the first official indication on how many spring crop acres the U.S. planted in 2017. As this report approaches, we can expect to be subjected to the usual amount of noise as market pundits guess what the report says and where prices will go next.

June 28, 2017

Tractors are the primary source of work-related injuries on farms; nationally, nearly one-third of all farm work fatalities are tractor related. In recent years, June and July have been the months when most tractor accidents have happened.

June 28, 2017

At the end of June, we will be losing an integral member of the Penn State Extension Crops team. Dr. Doug Beegle will be retiring after thirty-eight years of service to the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Spud Flag developed by Bill Lamont Dayton Reese and Mike Orzolek, shown here with two summer student employees.
June 27, 2017

Bill Lamont, Penn State Professor of Plant Science and Vegetable Extension Specialist shares some thoughts as he prepares to retire.