Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's equine hospital is under a voluntary quarantine after confirming a case of the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).
Welcome to the online version of the Woody Ornamental Pest Update. Here you will find the same information that you used to receive in the e-mailed version, with updates posted regularly.
Lancaster Farming's Chris Torres joined 54 aspiring and beginning food business owners for an education in business basics at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl. Get the scoop from last weekend's article!
Many watershed associations will be doing stream clean-ups and buffer plantings. Here are a few things to consider when planning these activities.
The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Here is some interesting information on cyclamen mites; perhaps PA growers should keep an eye out for this pest as well. Additional PA-specific notes and management measures follow the article by Molly.
The brief warm-up in temperatures on April 4th resulted in additional bud development in orchards. At the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, we also trapped our first scab ascospores.
There has been an evident increase in each state’s level of unemployment due to the U.S. economy. Job growth is one of the most closely watched indicators of a state’s economic situation and Pennsylvania is seen as healthier than most other states.
Dutchmen's Breeches are whimsical looking white flowers that bloom in the spring and are dormant by June.
Most people don't make the connection between what is happening around them and their drinking water.
It is no surprise that the four main barriers to entry for new farmers are access to land, finance, technical information, and markets. In the Northeast, access to land for new farmers can be a huge hurdle. Land prices here are ten times the national average. New farmer Anton Shannon from Good Work Farm puts it plainly, “The big three are: land, capital, and equipment.” In response there is a growing trend toward renting land. Currently, 45% of farmland is rented. Still, many new farmers want to own land motivated by a cultural heritage rooted in the ideal of private property. However, land preservation organizations and other organizations are challenging the idea that property ownership is the best or only option for beginning and established farmers.
Pollinators – bees, moths, flies and other insects – are an essential piece in profitable production puzzle. Penn State Extension entomologist, Karen Bernhard, encouraged 60 farmers at Lehigh County’s pesticide update meeting that in addition to a plan for proper soil fertility or a good crop planting succession, they also needed to solid plan for protecting and supporting pollinators. Here are the key principles and practices of pollinator-friendly farming.
As communities face change, there is a tool that local citizens can use to build consensus for planning their community's future.
The tree fruit spray materials record-keeping spreadsheet has been updated for 2011.
Beyond the new pesticides for berry crops mentioned in a recent Fruit Times article (Portal on low-growing berries, Altacor and Danitol on caneberries), here are a few additions. As always, the label is the law, so if there are differences between the label on the product in your possession and the information above, follow the label.
As mentioned at many of the winter meetings, we have a few new tools in our pocket for weed control. Some have similar modes of action as other established materials and others are new or more effective against certain weeds.
The temperature at which fruit buds are injured depends primarily on their stage of development. As flowers begin to swell and expand into blossoms, they become less resistant to freeze injury.
Years ago, we knew the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug was out there – but it still took us by surprise. Dr. Ed Rajotte, Penn State Professor of Entomology and IPM Coordinator, advises growers to not make the same mistake with the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii.
A scorecard for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, based on the best available information about the Chesapeake for indicators representing three major categories: pollution, habitat, and fisheries is now available from the Chesapeake Bay foundation.
There are many projects that youth can become involved in to help protect and conserve local water resources. Service-learning helps youth gain a better understanding of their communities and how their actions can make a difference.