In-season cucurbit powdery mildew management is most effective when initiated early (one powdery mildew colony per 50 leaves).
In this past week, additional outbreaks of downy mildew on cucumber have been reported in Mifflin, Union and Lancaster Counties. It is also suspected in Snyder and Montgomery Counties.
To preserve the delicate flavor of a summer favorite, can peaches when they are at the ideal stage of ripeness and select a variety that maintains its flavor and shape through the canning process. Many new varieties are available; ask the grower how a specific variety will perform. If you are canning large peaches, you may choose to use wide mouth jars to avoid bruising when placing them in the jars.
Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania is abnormally dry and about a quarter of the Commonwealth is moving into moderate drought status. The weekend rains brought some relief, mainly to the southern counties on Sunday.
The dry and hot weather has everyone concerned about corn yields across the state.
With the dry weather and unusual year we have experienced, some growers may need to harvest corn for forage earlier than normal this season. In addition, some soybeans are still receiving herbicide applications.
If corn harvest begins earlier than normal this year because of drought, herbicide selection can help dictate what rotational crops can be planted.
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Penn State Extension established the Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network again this year. This pest species has been present in Pennsylvania for at least three years now, but we have yet to receive any reports of infestations of caterpillars.
Focusing on traditional advertising, this article provides results regarding our respondents' views of print advertisements or broadcast ads, including television and radio, as being a good fit for direct marketers.
Pennsylvania is a water-rich state with six watersheds. Water that collects in local streams flows down through the watershed finally reaching a saltwater body, so what you do in the watershed is felt many hundreds of miles away.
The Fieldprint Calculator is a free online tool for growers to voluntarily and securely analyze how their management choices impact natural resources and operational efficiency. Field to Market continues to learn about the relationships between agricultural practices and sustainability outcomes. Updates to the Calculator will be made to continue incorporating the best available information about these impacts.
"Township secretary: is that a part-time job?"
A Natural Gas Utilization workshop was held in State College in June 2011. The workshop focused on three areas where expanded gas use opportunities exist: industrial, power generation, and transportation and fuels. This is the second of a three part series, highlighting these opportunities. Part two looks at power generation of natural gas opportunities for the shale gas.
Deaths prompt safety messages and reminders.
Many of those reading this will have heard of the unfortunate incident involving a Pennsylvania farmer and his two sons in an open-air manure storage in Maryland.
What can you do with extra zucchini? You can dry or freeze zucchini, but you can only can zucchini if it has added acidity as in pickled products.
The FDA proposes new labeling rules for 2012.
With much of the region in drought, there is some concern about the success in trying to control certain weeds under these dry conditions.
It’s that season again when agricultural workers are most likely to be exposed to extreme heat. The results or symptoms on the human body can be relatively minor, including heat cramps or heat rash, or they can be extremely serious--including the dangerous illnesses of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.