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Composted mushroom media
August 1, 2017

If you are trying to improve the quality of turf growing in poor or marginal soils, consider using spent mushroom substrate (SMS) as a soil amendment.

Stigmina Leaf Spot. Photo by Joseph OBrien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
August 1, 2017

Living in the humid mid-Atlantic area, we have lots of fungal and bacterial diseases to contend with.

Parrots made out of tire in Honduras. Photo: E. Sánchez, Penn State
August 1, 2017

Recently I spent a week in Honduras as part of a team of researchers working on gender issues in agriculture.

Courtesy: US EIA www.eia.gov
July 31, 2017

This year, July 20th reached its highest daily level of natural gas used for electricity generation.

Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
July 28, 2017

Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. Hail damaged fruit destined for juicing still need protection from rots.

Photo: Sladjana Prozo
July 28, 2017

Bitter pit severity varies with cultivar and season, but Honeycrisp is particularly susceptible. Penn State has developed a new model for predicting bitter pit potential.

Blush and ground color changes as fruit mature. Photo: Brianne Redman
July 28, 2017

This is the second year of a grower-funded project to routinely assess fruit starch levels, ground color and other maturity indices to allow growers to make improved decisions about optimum harvest dates for long-term storage.

Codling moth injured apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
July 28, 2017

Late July and the beginning of August indicates the time to again intensify the careful management of internal fruit feeders such as codling moth (CM) and Oriental fruit moths (OFM) and leafrollers such as tufted apple bud moth (TABM) and to a lesser degree, obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR).

The Plant Disease Clinic in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for Pennsylvania's agricultural producers, gardeners and homeowners. Here, Sara May, plant pathologist and clinic coordinator, examines a specimen.
July 28, 2017

The Plant Disease Clinic in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for Pennsylvania's agricultural producers, gardeners and homeowners.

July 26, 2017

A fruit and vegetable meeting on August 17, 5 to 8 pm, at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center will feature applied research as well as the opportunity to interact with University of MD and Penn State Extension specialists.

European corn borer larvae.
July 26, 2017

All pest species are increasing. Spikes of corn earworm are starting, and sap beetle problems have been occurring.

Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 26 July 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
July 26, 2017

The rainy weather is not letting up and neither is downy mildew pressure.

July 26, 2017

Humidity will be on the uptick as showers and thunderstorms approach Pennsylvania for friday.

Figure 1. Western bean cutworm egg mass on upper leaves of vegetative stage corn (Photo by Nicole Carutis, Penn State Extension)
July 26, 2017

Western Bean Cutworm pest pressure may apparently be higher than in previous years. Producers encouraged to be on the lookout for caterpillars and egg masses and consider the presence and type of Bt corn.

July 26, 2017

Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats will generally avoid poisonous plants. Grazing animals seem to have an innate sense of which plants are okay to consume and which to avoid. However, in pastures which have become overgrazed or brown from drought they will be more apt to sample less palatable species including poisonous broadleaves.

July 26, 2017

More reports this week from across the state that uniformly indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting.

Brown marmorated stink bug adult on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
July 21, 2017

Pheromone traps are the best indicators for controlling CM and OFM. Detection of live BMSB nymphs in traps placed in orchards warrants an immediate insecticide application.

July 21, 2017

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