Farmers and ranchers perform job responsibilities in all types of weather conditions including excessive heat and humidity. It is important for agricultural producers to understand risks associated with working in high heat work environments, potential heat-related illnesses, precautionary steps, and appropriate medical responses.
Utilizing all means of management for SWD -- including cultural and chemical options -- is recommended. The most suitable strategies for any farm will vary with the crop and circumstances.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is present on a number of farms in southeastern Pennsylvania and central Maryland. Larvae have been detected in cherries at the tail end of harvest and summer raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and primocane-fruiting raspberries where lateral canes emerged from pruning stubs.
This new pesticide label at http://www.cdms.net/ldat/ldALN000.pdf might be helpful, especially to organic growers.
Total fertility requirements in plasticulture are not different than those in conventional open-soil culture. With a drip irrigation system, however, application can be much more precise and timed with crop development.
In dry weather like this it is important to irrigate sufficiently if you can. Vegetable crops need an inch to an inch and a half of water per week. So how much is an inch of water? One acre inch of water is 27,154 gallons!
According to a new survey by the International Food and Information Council, who recently completed a survey of Americans and their thoughts on diet, over 60% thought it is still simply too expensive to eat healthfully. What are your thoughts? Check yourself below to see if you are one of the many thinking this myth is true.
Master Gardeners across the state often offer annual plant sales in cooperation with Extension Offices. A variety of different perennials and annuals are offered for sale that can accentuate your garden areas.
Pennsylvania’s drought weather conditions can create environments that result in poor desirable grass growth and allowing weeds to out-compete the good grasses in pastures. This can be especially dangerous when pastures are overgrazed and contain toxic weeds or plants that can accumulate undesirable high levels of nutrients.
O.K. - I bet you didn’t think we’d see harvest corn near $7.00 and soybeans above $14.00 twice in one marketing year. Do you recall the feelings you may have had when you thought the season highs were behind us just a few weeks ago and you hadn’t priced enough 2012 crops, yet?
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.
Small grain harvest has started and some fields are still open after a challenging spring.
Again in 2012, Penn State Extension and the Department of Entomology are trapping for western bean cutworm. Pheromone traps have been deployed in approximately 20 counties to search for moths of this species.
Potato leafhopper populations continue to be very high across the Pennsylvania. Growers are likely to be aware of this issue as ‘hopperburn’ is evident in many alfalfa fields.
June was a very dry month across Pennsylvania. Only portions of Lancaster and York counties tallied above average rainfall. The largest deficits were in the western quarter of the state where less than a 30% of the normal rain fell.
Visit this new Penn State site to see the research-based information for planning and construction of well-designed equestrian facilities (barns and riding arenas).
Although a jar of olive oil with sprigs of fresh tarragon floating in the center has eye appeal, it is not a safe food preservation method.
Before reading the "Dinotefuran Section 18 Emergency Exemption Registration in PA for BMSB Control" article in the Fruit Times newsletter, read the following to understand what a Section 18 Emergency Exemption is.
If you are a food retailer, have you ever wondered if Facebook is a good fit for your business? In this installment, we will provide responses to survey questions designed to explore this question for several different types of food retailers.