This is the first confirmed report of downy mildew on cucurbits in Pennsylvania.
This week late blight was confirmed in several additional counties in both commercial production fields as well as home gardens on both tomatoes and potatoes.
Dial gauge pressure canners need to be checked for accuracy each year.
You may be getting tired of hearing about Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), but adults are being found in traps in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland, and its larvae have been found in summer raspberry fruit in Maryland (along with lots of other kinds of larvae in all sorts of berries).
Kingbird Farm is a diversified organic livestock, storage crop, and herb farm in New York State. Managed by Karma Glos and her husband, the 80 acre farm has about 20 acres of pasture. The couple raises about 300 broilers, 300 laying hens, 50 turkeys, a herd of Scottish Highland cattle producing 5-6 steers per year for freezer beef, 6 horses, and registered Tamworth pigs. Four production videos are available from the Cornell Small Farms Program outlining their farm practices and how they grew their farm to the success it is today.
Insect pests to be monitoring at this time include second generation leafrollers, green/spirea aphids, leafhoppers, leafminers, Japanese beetles, wooly apple aphids, mites, apple maggots and brown marmorated stink bugs.
Mid-summer is a satisfying time for home growers and gardeners. From asparagus to peas and from strawberries to rhubarb, many of our favorite fruits and vegetables ripen and become ready for picking. Home food preservation methods allow for these fruits and vegetables, and many others, to be enjoyed all year. A website offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides guidance for safely preserving fresh foods.
Pennsylvania’s capacity to process live hogs into pork products (about 14,000 hogs per day) represents about 3.3 percent of the U.S. total.
In this post, Dr. John Masiunas from the University of Illinois addresses the issue of what to do when vegetable or fruit crops are injured from pesticide drift.
Blueberries are one of only a few fruits native to North America.
Plant analysis is a valuable tool for monitoring crop nutrition and diagnosing suspected plant nutrient deficiency problems.
Penn State Extension, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board, has initiated the Pennsylvania Soybean On-Farm Network to evaluate some key production practices and conduct demonstrations on soybean around Pennsylvania.
As hot and dryer weather arrives in Pennsylvania, poisonous plants in pastures become a greater concern. Slow growth of pasture grasses can easily result in overgrazing, which means that grazing animals might not have sufficient forage intake and start eating some less desirable plant species.
With the barley and wheat crops coming off earlier than normal this year, double-crop soybean planting should be as popular as ever. Weeds are generally less of a problem in double-crop soybean because of the delayed planting date.
Strong commodity prices have encouraged producers to look for ways to increase their yields even if it is only for a few bushels. Retail businesses have of wide array of available foliar fertilizers for producers to try to get those few bushels. Before using a foliar program one should review university research summaries and ask if the concept is sound.
As we have heard reports of some significant damage from both armyworm and late blight, the PA Department of Agriculture reminds producers of the following process to report crop damage
After a period of near, to slightly below, seasonal temperatures and low humidity, hot and noticeably more humid conditions will enter the state for the middle of the week ahead of an approaching cold front.
Sweet corn growers usually deal with fall armyworms. This year we are also seeing problems of another species, true armyworm.
This new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers ten essential fixes to help rural communities amend their codes, ordinances, and development requirements to promote more environmentally and economically sustainable growth.
Recent surveys conducted by researchers at Alabama A&M University indicated that 80 percent of Alabama and Tennessee goat producers reported that they do not vaccinate their herds. However, vaccination is a precaution that goat producers should adopt to prevent infectious diseases.