Significant flights continue for the black cutworm moth, and attention should be given to the cereal leaf beetle. Meanwhile, alfalfa weevil is beginning to pupate in Southeast PA.
Not sure which adjuvant to use? Reading the herbicide label may provide some clues.
Below are tables on four sites for the Cornell Carbohydrate model for apple thinning. Please note that values for May 21 and beyond are estimated forecasts.
Too often, we tend to accept bylaws as the creation of some higher, and perhaps wiser, authority. Times change and maybe your rules of procedure should too.
Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently hosted the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium on May 8, 2013. The symposium was held during National Drinking Water Week in recognition of the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
Shale production reports for wells producing in Ohio in 2012 were released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on May 17th.
Fire blight infection conditions forecasted for May 17 - 22 are high. Infection periods for apple scab, fire blight, cedar apple rust, and powdery mildew are being posted.
Below are the tables for the Cornell carbohydrate balance model from data derived from SkyBit and NEWA stations in Pennsylvania. The SkyBit stations are Wexford, Richfield and Morgantown. The NEWA stations are North East, Biglerville, Bendersville and York Springs. Remember that you should be looking at a multitude of factors when deciding on a thinning program. Following freezing temperatures at many locations on Tuesday morning, freeze damage assessment is an additional consideration. Be sure to keep good records as to when and what you apply as well as the results.
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.