Based on the egg hatch models (SkyBit, Inc) for TABM we should observe 10 percent egg hatch around May 29, while for OBLR around June 3. In the majority of Pennsylvania orchards where leafrollers are present, TABM is the dominant leafroller species responsible for most fruit injury. A critical time to control the second generation of pear psylla is during the first week of hatch of the young nymphs and then a repeat application should be made 12 to 14 days later. An action threshold of 1 nymph per leaf is recommended.
An effort by a Hanover woman to help a loved one deal with the disease of addiction has developed into successful drug collection and outreach efforts.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Heteroptera-Pentatomidae) continues to dominate the list of potentially most damaging insect pests in Pennsylvania fruit orchards. Since the pest explosion during the 2010 season, this invasive exotic pest dictates most insect pest management activities in Pennsylvania orchards.
From May 1 through May 24 we had spotty rain that accumulated 5.18 inches. These wet conditions favor apple scab, rust, bacterial spot and cherry leaf spot development. And when rain stops, powdery mildew takes off, which is difficult to manage once it gets established in the orchard.
I’ve been getting a lot of calls from growers asking whether spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has been found in fruit crops in Pennsylvania yet. The good news is that it hasn’t been showing up in traps, not even in locations with SWD problems last year. So far, so good in Maryland as well. However, this doesn’t mean that growers should let their guard down.
As we continue with presenting data from an Internet survey conducted to learn how consumers use social media to engage with food retailers, below you will see highlights related to reasons people join a business’s social network by liking or following the business.
1st Quarter 2012 TMR is up and can be accessed by clicking the above link.
No significant changes this quarter. Prices for the most part are remaining stable. There seems to be a slight increase in prices for higher grade material. However there is no discernible pattern as the economy struggles to recover.
This time of year marks the migration of dining to the great outdoors -- truly summer grilling and picnicking remain a great American passion. But do it wisely, urges a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and avoid common mistakes that make people sick every year. Whether you are just cooking burgers on the grill or laying out an elaborate picnic spread, preparing and eating food outdoors can present opportunities for foodborne illness to spread, said Martin Bucknavage, Penn State extension food-safety specialist.
The sticking point, when it comes to the current furor over the use of products given the unappetizing name "meat glue" by critics of the food industry, is labeling, according to a meat expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A short look of Penn State Extension Enology's program in honor of National Wine Day.
Crisp, tender sugar peas combined with new potatoes make a tasty dish that signals the beginning of a bountiful garden.
This is the first confirmed report of late blight in the region this season.
The pesticides listed are the same as they were two months ago, but the new spray record-keeping spreadsheet now has a new function. A Pivot Table that is located to the right of the spreadsheet, allowing growers to fill in chemical use information, is designed to calculate how many times a grower uses specific sprays throughout a season.
In this week’s installment of data describing how consumers use social media to engage with food retailers, we are sharing demographic characteristics of participants who indicated they were blogging or tweeting and how this could help your business.
Based on the Sky-Bit Ag E-Weather forecast and the MaryBlyt infection model, there is a potential for fire blight infections May 21st to 24th. Check newly planted and fire blight susceptible blocks for late bloom and apply control measures as needed.
Many of our neighborhoods in Pennsylvania have beautiful streams and lakes, which are being degraded due to excessive stormwater runoff.
Before refrigeration, homemakers dried berries to use throughout the fall and winter. Because the flavor of berries is concentrated when dried, they make a good snack—few may be left for other uses. Strawberries are easy to dry and yield excellent results.
With the gardens greening this time of year, or if you are like me and maybe still contemplating what to plant, I want to encourage you to think fiber.