Summer may bring bountiful harvests of beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other produce, but it also brings its share of problems for the home vegetable gardener. The problems are not new, but a very wet spring followed by hot and droughty summer weather has presented some new challenges in the home garden this growing season.
Find out more about Horace M. Thayer and the scholarship that is named for him.
Cicada killer wasps, also called giant cicada killers or sand hornets, are back.
Fresh form Bucks County Farms directory can lead you to dozens of locations where you’ll find peaches, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn and other treats.
So you want to grow hay, either to feed animals or sell to the hay market? Hay has the “cool” factor to some people but it is hard work and needs lots of inputs. However, it is an excellent crop for the land, as it protects the soil, traps carbon in the soil, acts as a holder of water to allow percolation into the soil and is a haven for all kinds of wildlife and beneficial organisms.
Additional reports on cucumber and now confirmed on muskmelon in New Jersey!
Penn State Extension of Allegheny County and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens co-sponsored the 2011 Short Course: A Complete Guide to Growing, Planting and Managing Trees with Dr. Ed Gilman on July 19, 2011. Dr. Gilman is Professor of Urban Trees & Landscape Plants at the University of Florida. His research focuses on nursery production and landscape establishment of trees.
The International Society of Arboriculture – Penn Del Chapter is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2011/2012 academic year. Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation for shade trees and to promote the science, technology, and practice of professional arboriculture in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Have you noticed partially eaten ears of sweet corn with the husks pulled back in your garden this year? Have you heard the sound of banging garbage can lids in the middle of the night?
The Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association Field Day will be held on August 3, 2011 at the Penn State Southeast Research and Extension Center, Manheim, PA.
As school comes to a close and summer begins the children living at the Foxwood Manor housing community are gearing up for a fun summer tending their new community garden.
Learn how to search for information on home canning and food preservation on the web.
A riparian buffer is a simple project that even private landowners can do to help preserve their property and water quality. As an awareness of environmental stewardship increases many are using buffers on their own properties.
Blacklight captures of stink bugs in Maryland reaching hundreds per night, 5 to 10 fold greater than this time last year, and exceeding peak values of last year.
Over the past several weeks, we have focused on information presented at recent public forums that addressed protection and testing of private drinking water supplies near areas where natural gas drilling is occurring. Bryan Swistock, water resource extension specialist with Penn State’s School of Forest Resources, Dan Vilello with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and Jim Ladlee from the Clinton County Extension Office, fielded the following questions. (The Department of Environmental Protection responses were submitted by the North Central Region Oil and Gas Program Manager).
During the last few weeks of scouting orchards, we continued to find all possible forms of brown marmorated stink bug: eggs, adults (individuals from both old overwintering and new summer generations) and all various instars of nymphs. The BMSB was observed not only in stone and pome fruit orchards but also was detected on various wild plants in surrounding vegetation. As of now, we still did not see significant BMSB population build-up on agronomic crops such as soybean or corn. Fortunately, so far (July 22), our extensive BMSB monitoring activities, which include surveying of orchards and border areas around orchards did not detect any rapid movement of BMSB populations from surrounding vegetation into orchards. Although the visual monitoring still remains the best monitoring technique, finally the currently available traps and lures utilizing another stink bug (Plautia stali) aggregation pheromone started to systematically capture BMSB nymphs (no BMSB adults in traps as of now).
Energy-efficient practices on the farm bring to mind fancy new equipment like solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels. But you don’t have to jump head-first into buying the latest technology. With just a few simple changes to your operation, you can start to see real savings at the pump and on your electricity bill.
Skin damage has been a problem in packed stone fruit in some years but it has been somewhat erratic here in PA. The leading authority on skin damage in peaches and nectarines is Carlos Crisosto and his collaborators at UC Davis. They have been working on the problem going back into the early 1990s. Recently they have separated out two distinctive types of skin damages. One they call field inking and the other skin burning. The former occurs in the field and is visible at harvest. Skin burning is damage to the skin observed after packing and handling caused by a combination of pre- and/or post-harvest physical abrasion with exposure to high pH and/or high forced air cooling velocity. The latter disorder is somewhat cultivar dependant depending upon the skin phenolic composition. Unfortunately, since most of the work was done on varieties grown in California we do not know the susceptibility of the more common varieties grown in the mid-Atlantic region.