Downy mildew on cucumber is now a common site across the state.
Sweet corn trap counts have been low, but damage has been reported from at least 3 sites. This could be due to weather affecting trap catch or sprays, trap placement in old corn while silking corn is nearby, or pyrethroid resistance.
No prolonged heat and humidity is foreseen in the next 8-10 days, with many days averaging 4-8 degrees below seasonal norms.
Wet weather has made hay making difficult this season. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay.
In this article Dr. Duiker lists many of the benefits of cover crops; from reducing erosion to enhancing soil quality. Performance of several species/mixtures and their seeding rates is also discussed.
This week’s insect and disease report for soybeans.
Multiflora rose is an invasive species, but it is now under attack from a virus.
Weeds growing between rows of plastic are a common mid to late season problem. Long pre-harvest intervals often limit the herbicide choices available for weed control.
Some blackberry growers, mainly in the southeastern part of the state, have noticed fruit quality problems. This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues.
Last week, we presented information on herbicide persistence and specifically related to corn herbicides. Today we will present about soybean herbicides and some herbicides used in both corn and soybean.
Spotted wing drosophila numbers are continuing to rise, and SWD is now being found in most berry plantings in the central and southeastern parts of the state.
Work in the Cornell tomato breeding program resulted in the release of the new fresh market tomato hybrid "Iron Lady", which is sold by High Mowing Organic Seeds starting with the 2013 season. Researchers would like feedback.
The Department of the Interior has just released an online tool called Streamer. The interactive map allows you to trace a stream in either direction—upstream to its source or downstream to where it ultimately empties. It also shows statistics for the stream, such as its length, political jurisdictions it passes through (states, counties, and cities), origin elevation, and other information. A more detailed report also shows all the US Geological Survey’s stream gages for that stream. Streamer is an easy way to demonstrate where local rivers eventually end up, and what’s upstream that might be influencing your local water quality. This tool provides an easy visual way to help demonstrate the concept of a watershed. You can also use the map to show tributaries to a particular stream or river.
What are two things that could prevent your well from becoming contaminated? Pennsylvania is one of only two states that do not have mandatory statewide construction standards for private water wells. As a result, some important components of a properly constructed drinking water well are often not installed in an effort to reduce the cost of the well to the homeowner.
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the National Stormwater Calculator, an innovative addition to the administration's virtual climate resilience toolkit. EPA's new calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Preventing stormwater runoff, which can impact drinking water resources and local ecosystems, protects citizen health and the surrounding environment.
Governmental preliminary research indicates no groundwater contamination from one well’s analysis.
Many agricultural producers are now trying to have something living or “green and growing” in their soil for as long over the calendar year as possible. This requires the use of cover crops in addition your primary crop.
Late blight is now confirmed on tomato in Lancaster, Chester, Indiana and Somerset Counties and is suspected in several others.
When citizens speak up in public meetings, they bring more information to the table, enrich the community through sharing, and, hopefully, help to craft a stronger decision.