Today we confirmed late blight on a potato sample from a commercial field in Cambria County.
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in a commercial field in Wyoming Co.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.
Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have confirmed that the presence of Escherichia coli pathogens in surface waters could result from the pathogen's ability to survive for months in underwater sediments. Read about new research from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory.
Survey part of national White-Nose Syndrome monitoring effort
EAB found on purple panel sticky trap in Wyoming Co.
This article provides insight to what municipalities need to consider for posting and bonding roads.
The fresh water resources that we all use for our needs are inter-connected through a series of watersheds or drainage areas linking rivers, lakes, streams and even oceans.
Consumer interest in garlic and garlic consumption has grown over the past several decades and it remains strong. Gourmet food interest and healthy diet trends are probably a factor. Regardless of the reason, this presents marketing opportunities for growers.
Even though the trials and tribulations of this year’s wet cool spring seem like ancient history, NOW is the time to start thinking about early fall cover crops that just might be able to help you get your early spring vegetables started earlier next year.
Although there are no confirmed reports of cucurbit downy mildew in PA, nearby outbreaks remind us that we need to be on the lookout!
Earworm and corn borer captures are low in many areas, but earworm spikes occurred in Indiana and Washington counties, and hover above threshold in about half of the sites.
Late blight is rearing its ugly head again on both tomatoes and potatoes! Continue to scout your plant vigilantly!
High populations of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are being observed in and around fruit orchards located mainly in the southern part of Pennsylvania. Also, during our monitoring of orchards that experienced high BMSB pressure last season, we have already detected BMSB injured fruit. It is assumed that most injuries visible to this point were caused by the feeding of the overwintering adults, although new, young 2nd and 3rd instar nymphs were also recently observed feeding on pome and stone fruit. With an extended spring emergence of BMSB adults, it will be impossible to clearly determine the current developmental phase for any particular local BMSB populations. As the season progresses, all developmental stages (i.e., eggs, nymphs and adults) will be present in the orchards at the same time. Additionally, the ability of this pest to survive and reproduce on almost all green plants in our environment, will contribute to a continuous influx of new individuals into orchards from the surrounding vegetation. If last season taught us anything about this pest, we have learned that stink bugs migrating from the surrounding vegetation can cause injuries to fruit throughout the entire season until mid-October.
Improving local water quality and the Chesapeake Bay starts with feeding cows. The amount of nitrogen and phosphorus that goes in the front end of the cow directly impacts how much comes out the back end.
This past winter at some of the fruit schools, I talked about the need to determine the nutrient status of your orchards through leaf analysis. Unlike vegetable crops, tree fruit and small fruit are not replanted every year and their roots are capable of absorbing nutrients any time the conditions are favorable. There is also a considerable amount of nutrient recycling. Nutrients in leaves that fall to the ground or brush that is cut from the trees and chopped in the orchard are recycled and made available again to the trees. Only a small portion of the nutrients are removed in the form of the fruit. Leaf analysis also can determine micronutrient levels in the tree. Soil tests for micronutrients are very difficult to validate.
Damage to trees due to leaching or drift of herbicides applied to turf is a rare event; but when it does occur, it can create a lot of anxiety and customer dissatisfaction.
Can someone tell me how this is real?
An optimistic report by MIT
Is been a while since I discussed global warming. The issue has died a little given other issues like wars and the economy.