First generation Oriental fruit moth (OFM) flight is continuing across the state. Observations while in Erie County this week indicated that it is a good time to make an initial application to control hatching larvae. In southern counties, the second application of effective products should already be on. In Southern Pennsylvania, codling moth (CM) adults are active and, if needed, the first codling moth treatment should be planned sometime during the week of May 26th. In most orchards no special stink bug control activities are required at this time. Visual search for BMSB adults still remains the only reliable monitoring technique at this time of the season.
Know what the number one answer for "what do you think it takes to farm?" You have to love what you do – you have to enjoy it!
Recently I have been receiving a lot of requests for help finding farmland to buy or lease. I wanted share a collection of resources to help you find land and considerations to make before you rent or buy.
A Web-based Penn State Extension course designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers gain the knowledge they need to be successful has been recognized for online excellence.
Thunderstorms tomorrow, then dry, then scattered showers over the weekend with unsettled conditions persisting next week into Memorial Day weekend.
Black cutworm moths on the rise in Pennsylvania.
Check for cold injury to wheat and barley after last nights temperatures.
Are you worried about frost injured corn?
Rusts, powdery mildew, and head scab update.
What can you do to alleviate soil compaction?
Roughstalk bluegrass is rearing it's ugly head again. The problem seems to be spreading.
Volunteer Roundup Ready corn in corn or in a replant scenario can be a challenge.
This week’s crop report gives a clear indication of planting progress in the face of some spring rains in areas of historically significant production.
According to a 2010 AARP survey, nearly 90 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their residence for as long as possible and 80 percent believe their residence is where they will always live. These Baby Boomers "will swell the ranks of those aged 65-plus from 34.8 million in 2000 to a projected 70.3 million in 2030, ultimately representing 20 percent of the U.S. population."
The following general observations are offered to help you assess your apple crop load potential in 2013, and help you determine the appropriate action plan for chemical thinning. Close observation of your blocks may show bloom or fruit set that differs from our observations, in which case you should adjust your decision-making accordingly. Monitor your orchards for damage from this morning's freezing temperatures before making thinning decisions.
Do you have a private water well, spring or cistern? If you do, you are one of the more than one million households in Pennsylvania that rely on them! And what may surprise you is that more than 20,000 new water wells are drilled each year in this state.
Below are the latest runs of the Cornell carbohydrate model. For most regions this past weekend showed carbon deficits but not very strong. The cool weather this week predicts a carbon surplus, meaning trees will be less responsive to thinners.
Penn State Extension recently sponsored a tour of the biomass steam plant at Gutchess Hardwoods in Latrobe PA
Expect foliar diseases this spring and summer unless it stops raining and stays dry for a long period of time.