Early blight is showing up in commercial tomato fields as well as in home gardens.
Phytophthora capsici causes a wide array of diseases ranging from seedling damping-off, leaf spots, foliar blight, root and crown rot, stem lesions to fruit rot on numerous vegetables including pepper, tomato, eggplant and most cucurbits.
A new study of house cats allowed to roam outdoors finds that nearly one-third succeeded in capturing and killing animals. The cats, which wore special video cameras around their necks that recorded their outdoor activities, killed an average of 2.1 animals every week they were outside, but brought less than one of every four of their kills home.
Tomatoes are one of the most commonly canned vegetables. Because many canning procedures for tomatoes have been handed down from generation to generation, there are many canning recipes that are inadequate to kill all spoilage microorganisms.
In the past week or so late blight has been confirmed in three additional counties in Pennsylvania.
Downy mildew is widespread on cucumbers across Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension will host a Web-based seminar on Aug. 9 exploring the ramifications of the recent court decision that struck down part of the state's recently passed law governing Marcellus Shale natural-gas development.
The aroma and flavor of fresh herbs provide a culinary delight, but dried herbs are used more often because of their convenience. Drying herbs removes so much moisture that eight ounces of fresh herbs will yield about one ounce in the dried form. Drying also concentrates the flavor so that you only need to use ⅓ to ¼ the amount.
Sweet Corn Growers… I have seen my corn ear worm trap numbers climb in the past 3 nights, averaging about 12 a night. That suggests a 4 day spray interval.
Ever wish you could try a piece of equipment or a new hand tool before you made the purchase? Participants of the Equipment Field Day held on July 25 at the Seed Farm in Emmaus had an opportunity to do just that!
It’s all about jobs. According to the Kauffman Foundation most jobs are created by new businesses. Our communities need jobs and need the businesses that create them.
A short article on renaming Cornell's 'GR-7' variety.
Some chance for rain showers during the next week. Keep your fingers crossed.
Check out the 2012 wheat and barley variety evaluation data. It's now available on-line.
Good news - reports from the past week indicate that insect and disease populations remain low.
Scout now for true armyworm and brown marmorated stink bug
Some considerations about trying to thicken up those forage seedings.
Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV) confirmed last week in PA
Corn and Soybean Conditions Across the US including PA.