Work in the Cornell tomato breeding program resulted in the release of the new fresh market tomato hybrid "Iron Lady", which is sold by High Mowing Organic Seeds starting with the 2013 season. Researchers would like feedback.
The Department of the Interior has just released an online tool called Streamer. The interactive map allows you to trace a stream in either direction—upstream to its source or downstream to where it ultimately empties. It also shows statistics for the stream, such as its length, political jurisdictions it passes through (states, counties, and cities), origin elevation, and other information. A more detailed report also shows all the US Geological Survey’s stream gages for that stream. Streamer is an easy way to demonstrate where local rivers eventually end up, and what’s upstream that might be influencing your local water quality. This tool provides an easy visual way to help demonstrate the concept of a watershed. You can also use the map to show tributaries to a particular stream or river.
What are two things that could prevent your well from becoming contaminated? Pennsylvania is one of only two states that do not have mandatory statewide construction standards for private water wells. As a result, some important components of a properly constructed drinking water well are often not installed in an effort to reduce the cost of the well to the homeowner.
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the National Stormwater Calculator, an innovative addition to the administration's virtual climate resilience toolkit. EPA's new calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Preventing stormwater runoff, which can impact drinking water resources and local ecosystems, protects citizen health and the surrounding environment.
Governmental preliminary research indicates no groundwater contamination from one well’s analysis.
Many agricultural producers are now trying to have something living or “green and growing” in their soil for as long over the calendar year as possible. This requires the use of cover crops in addition your primary crop.
Late blight is now confirmed on tomato in Lancaster, Chester, Indiana and Somerset Counties and is suspected in several others.
When citizens speak up in public meetings, they bring more information to the table, enrich the community through sharing, and, hopefully, help to craft a stronger decision.
The weather conditions during the last several weeks have provided excellent conditions for bitter rot. Growers are encouraged to monitor their orchards and apply fungicides on a 10- to 14-day interval until harvest for effective disease control. The latest infection periods have been posted.
As the season progresses and fruit trees become bigger, the volume of used water per acre often needs to be adjusted (increased). Even the most efficacious pest management products will not work if the spray coverage is insufficient. Also during this second half of the season, some of the commonly used developmental models seem to be overestimating the pace of development for codling moth and Oriental fruit moth populations in some orchards. Therefore, such models are not very reliable indicators of the actual pest situation. Please use on-site monitoring as the main indicator in deciding if and when a pesticide application is necessary.
Spotted wing drosophila numbers are continuing to rise, and SWD is now being found in most berry plantings in the central and southeastern parts of the state.
Some small fruit growers, mainly in the southeastern part of the state, have noticed fruit quality problems on their blackberries. This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues, including whitening of drupelets, drupelet reddening, insect feeding injury, canker diseases and spotted wing drosophila.
The use of pheromone mating disruption, horticultural oils and some of the more selective reduced-risk insecticides and miticides will allow a natural increase of predators capable of regulating pest mite populations to tolerable levels without the use of miticides. The potential savings to Pennsylvania apple growers is approximately $1 million per year and a reduction of almost 1 ton of miticide active ingredient into the environment. Mite control through biological control in apple has the additional advantage of stopping the development of miticide resistance and, once established, is sustainable long-term if the use of certain harmful pesticides is avoided.
The unusually hot and humid weather during the week of July 15 to 21 led to some turf losses in poorly drained areas on putting greens in Pennsylvania.
Washing fruits and vegetables is a must as they are grown near the ground where animals, insects and even birds may contaminate the produce. Do food safety experts recommend washing any raw meat before cooking? No, do not wash raw meat before cooking.
With the advent of uniform narrow canopy training systems on dwarfed trees with a simple branching structure that is enforced by renewal pruning, the “artistry” of pruning can be phased out in favor of pruning to a few scientifically sound principals. This article describes a prioritized set of pruning rules based upon these principles.
This past week downy mildew continued to be confirmed in cucumber fields in several counties in the southeast region of PA.
In PA, confirmed reports continue to remain centralized in Lancaster Co.
As we get later into the season, early blight becomes an increasing concern in tomato and potatoes.
All the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay region are making progress meeting pollution reduction goals, but no jurisdiction is on track to implement all the pollution reduction practices they committed to achieve by 2013. The analysis of selected interim 2012-13 milestone goals was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC). This analysis is designed to ensure that commitments are being met, and if not, that actions will be taken to compensate for any shortfall.