Proactively deciding on a fungicide management program prior to downy mildew developing in the field is critical for successful disease management!
The Penn State farm food safety webinar, "Update on the New FDA Produce Safety Standards: Issues of Importance for Pennsylvania Produce Growers", was presented on May 31, 2013 and now is available for viewing.
If you have a short window in your rotation, consider adding a summer cover crop.
Aside from honeybees, some native bees may be lending their pollination services to your blueberry bushes.
Have you ever looked for training materials to build the knowledge and confidence of your farm market personnel? Penn State Extension now offers on-line training for farm professionals that handle, process, or merchandise fresh market produce.
The American Chemistry Council reviewed current chemical industry projects, ethane production from shale development and the economic impacts.
Penn State Extension's Let's Preserve series of recommendations for home food preservers has just been updated and reformatted!
Two new, youth-oriented online presentations from Penn State Extension explore the role of water in shale-gas drilling and production in the mid-Atlantic region. These self-running presentations were designed for use by educators in both formal and informal educational settings.
Where did all the voters go? In fact, where are the candidates for elected offices in our municipalities?
Peach leaf curl is occurring throughout the region; effective control measures occur after leaf drop in the fall. Weather conditions are still excellent for fire blight; growers are encouraged to keep young, newly planted blooming trees protected. Apple scab sources are being sought in the region for fungicide resistance studies.
The tables below present weekly adult moth captures in pheromone traps and degree day comparisons 2008 to 2013.
As during previous years, the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension website located at: http://agsci.psu.edu/frec is again providing the information related to seasonal observations on insects and diseases (http://agsci.psu.edu/frec/growing-season-information).
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is continuing its movement away from overwintering shelters and feeding on multiple species of plants, most likely not inside orchards.
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.
The 2013 spring weather conditions created a fortunate pattern for combining effective management options for some of our most important fruit pests—codling moth (CM), tufted apple bud moth (TABM) and obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR).
Leftovers are a great way to save food, money, time and reduce your carbon footprint. However, leftovers are only as good as the care that goes into their preparation, storage and organization. Here are some tips that may help you make the most of your leftovers.
This one-day symposium is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board (WMRB), the crop order through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) that uses the 15 cent per gallon wine produced tax to support research and marketing efforts that will benefit the entire Pennsylvania wine industry. Research proposals focused on Pennsylvania viticulture and enology needs are reviewed annually by the Research Committee, and few are selected to present to the industry at this annual meeting. Attached is a summary regarding enology-based presentations during the 2013 Symposium.
Norovirus - you may not have heard the name before, but chances are you or someone you know has suffered from it. It's the leading cause of vomiting and diarrhea from foodborne illness in the U.S.
eXtension is an Internet-based collaborative environment where Land Grant University content providers exchange objective, research-based knowledge to solve real challenges in real time.
Enjoy the soon to be sultry weather.