Do you know which herbicides were used to manage weeds in forages before they were incorporated into a compost pile? If not, you may be in for a disappointing growing season.
On Saturday, April 16, 58 aspiring and beginning farmers from Virginia, Maryland, and across Pennsylvania flocked to “Breaking the Barriers”, a full-day Pennsylvania Farm Link and Penn State Extension co-hosted event at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
A new manual will help Pennsylvania growers identify, monitor, and control insect and disease pests affecting Christmas trees using integrated pest management (IPM).
Sweet corn growers are reminded to check the sensitivity of their sweet corn varieties before using Accent, Callisto, Laudis, or Impact herbicides.
Fire blight and apple scab models for locations throughout Pennsylvania are available at PA-PIPE. It is important to collect site-specific weather data in your orchards, but these models serve as a guide.
Got a question about growing small fruit? Chances are that someone else has the same question, but isn't asking! Send your question to Kathy Demchak, at 102 Tyson Bldg., University Park, PA 16802, or via email to email@example.com. You will be credited with the question, or can remain anonymous, as you wish. Today's question is about cyclamen mites on strawberries.
Pennsylvania tree fruit growers have embraced the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) since the late 1960s and early 1970s. By one definition, IPM is the “utilization of all suitable techniques and methods in as compatible manner as possible and maintains the pest populations at levels below those causing economic injury.” The goal of IPM is to minimize the number and severity of perturbations in the agro-ecosystem while reducing the economic, environmental, and human health costs associated with the particular management option(s). Pennsylvania was one of the first states in the country to adopt the principles and practices of IPM in orchards by integrating the use of the black lady beetle Stethorus punctum – commonly referred to by most growers as the “black beetle” for the biological control of spider mites (e.g., European red mite and two-spotted spider mite). This program over the last 40 years was responsible for significantly reducing the number and amount of miticides used by fruit growers and reducing the severity of miticide resistance. More recently (2004 to present), the predatory mite, Typhlodromus pyri, has replaced Stethorus in many grower orchards as the principle biological control agent for spider mites in Pennsylvania.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state's 2010 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. "We are pleased to report that Pennsylvania continues to have no confirmed or suspected cases of CWD in wild deer or elk," Cottrell said. "By conducting these tests from a random sample of hunter-killed deer and on all hunter-killed elk, we continue our efforts to find the disease in wild deer and elk in the state."
Sandea (halsulfuron-methyl, Gowan) has been approved for use on blueberries in Pennsylvania. Sandea has both preemergent and postemergent activity on certain weeds that can become problematic in blueberry plantings. Labeled rates are really low (1/2 to 1 oz/acre), so make sure that your application rate is correct. Be sure to follow precautions and directions on the label, and avoid contact with any green tissue.
Community-based watershed organizations are locally-based groups of volunteers who are committed to improving water quality in a specific watershed.
Appearance alone does not reliably predict IgG content.
Increased scrutiny requires proper protocols.
Increasing particle size will increase chewing activity and saliva production.
Milk fat is a valuable part of what goes into the bulk tank.
Many challenges to quantifying methane emissions from wild ruminants.
If not taking into account the volume of rainfall we are receiving during this early part of the season, the degree-day (DD) comparison between this season and previous years suggests that DD accumulation (base 43) since January 01 is similar to DD accumulations observed during the last few years, with the exception of last season, when at this time we were already at petal fall stage on apples. Monitoring of insect pests in pheromone traps also suggests a relatively “normal” year for the development of insects.
Penn State Extension's On-Farm Research Program and Crop Management Team collected cover crop biomass samples from the statewide network of demonstration sites in November 2010. Results of the biomass sampling are now available by individual site and pooled across sites and cover crop mixtures. Forage quality samples were collected at the Lebanon, Montgomery, and Dauphin County sites for the annual ryegrass + crimson clover, oats + cereal rye, and cereal rye + tillage radish mixtures.
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An update on diakon radish before potato research plots.