Have you ever experienced strange colors or smells in your pond or seen them in a lake? Have you ever wondered what might have caused them? Cyanobacteria, often called blue-green algae, are bacteria that are found naturally in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving streams.
Cover crops can slow erosion, improve soil, smother weeds, enhance nutrient and moisture availability, help control many pests, and bring a host of other benefits to farms across the country. For more than 20 years, NCR-SARE has supported projects by researchers, producers, and educators who are using this time-tested method of revitalizing soil, curbing erosion, and managing pests.
A look at how natural gas is priced and how market changes affects pricing. Part 2 of a 2-part series
At this stage in the season, commercially available traps and lures for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) monitoring could provide valuable information to decide if insecticide treatments are needed. Last week (week of Aug 5th), in some traps monitored by our entomology program, we collected over 50 BMSB nymphs and adults per trap. The second generation of codling moth (CM), the third generation Oriental fruit moth and second generations of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller are continuing their flights in most Pennsylvania pome fruit orchards. As the season progresses and the trees become larger, often the volume of used water per acre should be increased. Even the most efficacious pest management products will not work if the spray coverage is not sufficient.
Research trials have shown that applying 3 split applications of ½ rate of ReTain starting 2 to 3 weeks before harvest with subsequent treatments applied 2 to 2.5 weeks apart are equal to or better than other approaches. One single application of ReTain made at the full rate will satisfactorily retard drop for about 35 days in normal years. After that, drop starts to increase and a supplemental application will be necessary to extend the drop control period. Experience in your orchard will be a good guide in assembling the pieces necessary to come up with a good drop control plan.
When it is hot outside working in a “cool” environment, like your refrigerator, may be an appealing task. An organized and clean refrigerator may save you money! Clean refrigerators work more efficiently and organized refrigerators may mean less “loss” from throwing out expired or old food. Plus a clean refrigerator may prevent the risk of foodborne illness.
Outbreaks of late blight are continuing to be reported across PA and the Northeast region of the U.S.
Downy mildew has now been confirmed on cucumber, cantaloupe and butternut squash in Pennsylvania.
Three new agricultural resource centers funded in the recently passed Pennsylvania state budget will be unveiled to the public during Ag Progress Days on Aug. 13-15 at Rock Springs. The centers, a collaborative effort between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will address the hot button issues of food safety, animal care and plant health.
Low counts but damage present.
Although counts in traps have been low, the incidence is now widespread and damage being detected in fields.
John Berry gives us the highlights from the national meeting of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.
Uncomfortable humidity returns at the end of this week, but less than half the region is expected to notice measurable rain until late Friday or Saturday when virtually all of the state should receive at least a tenth of an inch of rain.
The weather conditions over the last few weeks have created the “perfect fungal storm” which has overpowered and killed grass in windrows and areas with especially thick forage.
Learn about the ergot fungus, what to look for in the field to identify it and the symptoms your animals may exhibit if they have ingested ergot.
This week, an article from Ohio State’s Pierce Paul is highlighted to help you gain perspective on whether or not it is too late to apply fungicides.
Results from our winter wheat trials conducted this year have been posted at our small grains website.
It has been a few years since we have had significant populations of aphids in soybeans, but here are a few reminders since we have been finding them in our soybean sentinel plots.
This week’s insect and disease report for soybeans.