Frequent power outages surge with the coming of summer, and high usage of refrigerators and freezers increases the likelihood of someone leaving the door incompletely closed – we all know the dripping mess that awaits the finder of an appliance too long without electricity!
It seems that when it rains it pours and when it gets dry it stays dry for extended periods of time. This year has been no different. April started dry. May had some wet periods and early June was extremely wet in Southeast Pennsylvania. But, it is likely at some point this summer we will need irrigation for our vegetable crops. There are many ways to irrigate vegetable crops depending on your crops and growing methods.
A small summary regarding the process and benefits of the Wine Quality Initiative Sensory Evaluation is attached. This document can be found in the "Workshop/Seminar Summaries" folder in the "Wine Production" tab.
Wet, warm and humid July weather means that plant diseases are spreading. Two of the more important vegetable diseases downy mildew on cucurbits including cucumbers and late blight of tomato and potato are in the area. Make sure you are aware of what diseases to scout for and how to prevent their spread.
Many turfgrass diseases, once problems only on golf courses and recreational turf areas, now appear commonly. Perhaps the most important of these is dollar spot.
As a follow-up to the blog about youth and adults working together, here's an example of a school community planning for the future together.
Downy mildew was confirmed in a home garden in Bucks Co. and has been reported in a commercial cucumber field in Lancaster Co. PA.
This past week late blight was reported on tomato and most recently potato in New Jersey. Still no confirmed reports of late blight in Pennsylvania.
During periods of warm, wet weather, slime molds migrate onto the surfaces of turfgrass leaves where they produce massive amounts of their reproductive structures, thus producing a white, blue, or gray patch.
An open forum on natural-gas development from deep shale formations will be presented in a Web-based seminar by Penn State Extension.
A presentation on cattle-feeding efficiency will highlight an educational event to be offered by Penn State Extension this summer.
All sixteen locations for which the Tom-Cast disease forecasting model for early blight are being run have now exceeded the 35 DSVs needed to trigger the first fungicide application on both tomatoes and potatoes.
As of July 9, corn earworm flights picked up in multiple parts of the state.
From the township secretary who works part-time out of her garage to the modern office with plenty of staff and technology, townships share the same challenges and can learn from each other.
Some relief toward the weekend and then hot weather continues.
Recent winds, stormy weather, and saturated soils results in lodging and green snap in some areas and limited management options.
Keep an eye out for another invasive bug species in soybeans and elsewhere.
As mentioned in previous newsletters, The Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Keeping informed of local and national markets can be helpful with your crop marketing plan.