It was another drier than average week across the Commonwealth as most of the eastern third of the state had less than a quarter of an inch of rain.
As field activities increase, I thought it would be good to remind folks that scouting should be the basis of pest management plans.
As more farmers use vertical tillage to manage crop residues or to mellow the seedbed prior to planting (especially soybeans), questions have arisen about possible impacts of using these types of tillage operations in combination with certain soybean herbicides.
For alfalfa that was recently seeded or is currently going in, here are some herbicide reminders/updates.
This certainly isn’t news to many of you but all too often I see farmers starting to cut grass hay around Memorial Day.
Planting season (aka spring fever) is upon us, and the national agricultural focus for the next few weeks will be on the ever important “planting progress” especially in the “I-States (Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois) of the corn belt.
Registration for the Five Acre Corn Club is now open.
Hometown ambassadors can help create a positive community fabric which encourages new businesses and residents to join the community.
If you are a pond owner, it is a good idea to take a walk around your pond in early spring and check to see if any maintenance is needed.
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A mature white fringetree can stop traffic when in full bloom, usually early to mid-May. This small native tree is cloaked in lacy white petals from top to bottom, obscuring the emerging foliage with the fragrant six- to eight-inch long panicles.
Do you have customers who are interested in adding native plants to their landscapes? This may be a great niche market for diversifying your business. With Earth Day celebrations fresh in their minds, the general public is more aware of issues such as honeybee colony collapse disorder and attracting songbirds to their yards and gardens. It may be valuable for landscapers and garden centers to consider expanding the selection of native plants they offer.
Today’s families are weathering tremendous pressures and stresses – from daily finances to managing multiple schedules and demands – and the impacts are also felt by children and teens. While parents cannot protect their children from all of life’s challenges, they can provide their kids with the skills they need to respond to difficult situations in healthy, productive ways. Raising resilient children and teens helps them develop the skills they need to cope as adults and to overcome from the hardships they may face.
Like other key weeds, maintaining healthy turf is crucial to minimizing the amount of speedwell.
Bloom is well underway for apples and pears. Be alert since this is a susceptible time for fire blight when conditions are favorable. Primary scab infection is still an issue. Dry weather diseases can still be problematic.
Dinotefuran received a time limited supplemental label for use on peach and nectarine trees, valid until Aug 31, 2015. Calypso 4F received an additional registration for use on stone fruit. The label for all products containing chlorpyrifos allows for only a single application of this ingredient-containing products per season, either as a dormant application or as a trunk application. Endosulfan remains registered for use on pears only until July 31, 2013 and on apples until July 2015.
Although the April weather continued the mix of cold and very warm days, insect development seems to be following a much more normal pattern than during the previous few years. While the biofix dates (first sustained moth flight detected by pheromone traps) for redbanded leafroller and spotted tentiform leafminer were a few days later than usual, April 6 and April 9 respectively, the biofix for Oriental fruit moth was established on the same day as during three other years in the last ten (April 17). As of April 26, we still have not yet established the biofixes for codling moth or tufted apple bud moth.
While the monitoring practices for our common pest species are relatively well defined, monitoring for the newly introduced pest species can be more challenging. A good example of such a challenge is exemplified by our effort to develop an effective monitoring system for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
Monitoring insect pests continues to be one of the pillars of integrated pest management in Pennsylvania orchards. During the last fifteen years, the use of insect sex pheromone traps transformed from an intriguing tool used by researchers into a common pest management practice utilized by many growers.