Dr. Greg Krawczyk and Dr. Larry Hull, entomologists at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, will be posting insect pest control updates, or "Insect Bytes" each Friday. The updates are based on observations in Adams County, Pennsylvania, and it is important to adjust the recommendations for your specific orchard conditions.
The American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is an economic stimulus package in hopes of creating jobs and promoting investment and consumer spending during the recession. A recent report entitled, Economic Recovery Part Two: We Need More Action on Jobs and Wages, reveals updates on the effect of the Act and other actions of Pennsylvania’s economy and its metropolitan areas.
Pasture management techniques to help you maintain healthy, productive pastures for your horses.
Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, often carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Genetics behind the athletic performance of Thoroughbred racehorses has been a popular area of research in the past few years.
Primary scab is still active in orchards. Infection periods for apple scab, fire blight, cedar apple rust, and cherry leaf spot are available in the pdf attachment with this update.
EPA has registered Presidio for use on cole crops, root and tuber vegetables including potato.
The first late blight update of the 2011 season! No confirmed outbreaks in Pennsylvania.
Beginning this month, graphs for percent egg hatch, or emergence, of apple pests are updated weekly at http://frec.cas.psu.edu/. In addition, to the egg hatch graphs, you will find weekly data on insect capture in pheromone traps and photos of how to identify the insects in the traps. The information is updated every Friday. The models are specific for Biglerville and should be adjusted for your region.
Welcome to this week's Woody Ornamental Pest Update by Tim Abbey, Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator, Penn State Extension, York County
Report on the information collected from an online survey by the American Horse Council regarding equestrian access issues on federal lands. The center piece of this initiative is an online form riders can use to report their personal experiences regarding trails on federal lands that have been closed to them or other access issues.
Five new beekeepers from this year’s ABCs of Beekeeping and 2 veterans from last year’s session joined long-time beekeeper and Penn State Extension Educator, Scott Guiser, to open his hives and learn what to look for last week at the Penn-Vermont Fruit Farm in Bucks County.
It's shearing season! Mike Fournier, Penn State Extension director in Bucks county, shares some tips for marketing wool on the East Coast.
Dr. Jacobson's new forest finance page is up! Click the news link above to visit it.
There is no distinctive pattern to short term price trends of the major species across the TMR reporting regions. In percentage change, species’ prices in the Southwest region gained the most. Timber sales as evidenced by reports coming in seem to be increasing slightly. This probably means signs of recovery as mills replenish inventories. For continuing information between price reports visit my website and blog at http://extension.psu.edu/forest-finance. Finally, we are thinking about doing away with reporting mill prices. Please drop us a note as to your thoughts on this change. Enjoy the late spring.
Q. Can you give us any tips on how to best sample strawberry leaves for a nutrient analysis, especially in the springtime on plasticulture? (paraphrased from a conversation with Tim Elkner, PSU Cooperative Extension, Lancaster County. He gets an “attaboy” for questions two months in a row!)
Just so folks are aware, we are monitoring for spotted wing drosophila in strawberries across the state. I don’t expect any large problems in this crop since strawberries ripen so early in the season, but this will alert us to any needed action before any potential problems get out of hand, and should serve as an early warning system for other crops in case the pest is present.
Angular leaf spot, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas fragariae, seems to be problematic in numerous strawberry plantings this spring. This disease is favored by cold, wet conditions, so given the weather we’ve had across the state this spring, it’s no surprise that we are seeing problems. The bacteria get spread within a planting by splashing of water droplets. Needing to use overhead irrigation for frost protection can make the problem worse.
Bradford High School students receive training for SafeLand Certification, an internationally recognized safety certification used by the oil and gas industry.