“I never knew what A1C was until my doctor said mine was high and I had diabetes.” This is a comment I hear frequently in Penn State Extension’s Dining with Diabetes program when participants discuss the emotions experienced when they learned they had diabetes.
It’s the perpetual question in nutrition workshops. Which is better – butter or margarine? Many go away with the set jaw of the devoted. To complicate matters, margarines have largely disappeared from market shelves – replaced by “spreads”.
I had the opportunity to attend the Food Safety Summit which was held in Baltimore just last week and my first session featured Norovirus– you know, the virus we hear about associated with Cruise ships?
Reusable bags are everywhere and they are not just for carrying groceries anymore! They can be found from the gym to the laundromat. Promoted by businesses, grocery chains and municipalities, they are an excellent environmental choice, but they can pick up bacteria from the foods and other objects they carry.
Are you noticing the leaves on your tomato plants curling? Despite the potential severity of the symptoms, leaf curl does not typically impact yield.
Still no confirmed reports in Pennsylvania.
Cucurbit downy mildew is starting to move further north and was most recently confirmed in Delaware.
Early blight as well as Septoria leaf spot (only tomato) are two diseases that we see to varying degrees every year. The use of disease forecasting models can help time fungicide applications as well as gain a better understanding of the environmental conditions that are conducive to disease development.
As a general rule, vegetable crops require 1 - 1.5 acre-inches of water per week. Penn State's Elsa Sanchez and Bill Lamont explain how to determine how long to run your drip irrigation system to meet this need.
We have corn earworm throughout the state, which can be a threat to silking corn. Sites in Mifflin Co. are high, perhaps inflated due to not averaging over a week, which would place it as moderate. Moderate counts, suggesting a 5-6 day spray interval, are also occurring in Washington Co. All other sites were low or declined. Corn borer trap counts moderate in Lehigh, Montgomery and Bradford counties; all other sites are low. Phenology models suggest you should scout fields for feeding damage from corn borer.
A new series of Web-based seminars offered by Penn State Extension will cover issues related to land use. Kicking off July 17, the 75-minute, monthly webinars will be offered from noon to 1:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The sessions will include time for questions and answers.
Scattered daily afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms across the state, with more numerous showers and thunderstorms late Thursday into Friday.
This week’s insect and disease report for soybeans.
Generally good soil moisture conditions and warm temperatures this week should set the stage for rapid corn growth and development in the next few weeks.
The weekly planting progress report will be released at 4:00 pm today (Tuesday) and the USDA Crop Report is scheduled for release on June 28th.
Weather conditions have made vomitoxin from the Fusarium fungus a threat to this year’s wheat crop. Make sure you follow the proper procedures for crop insurance if you are dealing with vomitoxin.
If you have poor quality grain, in order to protect your rights under your crop insurance policy, it is imperative that you always report any damage in the required timeframes and seek advice from your insurance company agent.
Tips from experienced farmers Jim Crawford, New Morning Farm and Paul and Sandy Arnold, Pleasant Valley Farm on labor, a farm’s biggest expense.
Summer weather is here and many local farm markets have opened for the season. More and more folks are raising produce on their land and selling it at these farm markets.