Vegetable growers now have another tool in their toolbox. Kanemite, a miticide from Arysta LifeScience is now labeled for fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc.) and edible podded beans.
Sign-up for NRCS Funding Program for Organic Underway: application deadline Friday, May 20, 2011
Movable High Tunnel at Horticulture Research Farm
Wolfberry AgroDevCo is now seeking qualified, forward thinking growers to become part of the 2011 production and supply team.
Through the support of PVGA, the 2011 sweet corn trapping network has distributed 2,150 pheromone lures and 100 Vaportapes among 20 Extension Educators, to create weekly dataflow from ~49 farms, using a biweekly pheromone replacement rate over a 14-15 week season. It’s truly a cooperative effort that provides a first cut of the pest pressure from corn earworm, fall armyworm, and both the E- and Z- pheromone race of European corn borer.
The first scab symptoms at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville were observed May 2 on Rome Beauty. Based on the New Mills Apple Scab Disease Model, apple scab infection periods occurred April 1, 3-4, 10-13, 16-17, 19-20, 22-24, 28 and May 2-3. As a result of the extended wetting periods, growers who have not used a DMI fungicide on apples this season should consider using one at bloom or petal fall. Due to moderate resistance to these products, be sure to use the higher rates allowed on the label.
First bloom on apple trees at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville was April 25. Based on the MaryBlyt Prediction Program and Campbell Scientific Weather Data Systems, the risk of fire blight was severe on April 25-28.
Based on an infection model adapted from the APS Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases, Cedar Rust Infection Periods at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville were April 1, 3-5, 8-13, 16-17, 19-20, 22-24, and 27-28.
Understanding our cost structure and desired margin helps us identify appropriate pricing methods and their relationship to profitability.
Each year, Penn State Extension Water Resource Educator, Jim Clark, prepares educational material to help the students who compete in the Pennsylvania Envirothon in North Central Pennsylvania understand the “Current Environmental Issue”.
Cool, wet spring weather has given us few good days to do field work, increasing temptation to work soils when they are still too wet. Resist that temptation if at all possible. Our soils are more susceptible to compaction than most. Working when soils are too wet can cause surface compaction in the topsoil layer that lasts throughout the current growing season, and deeper subsurface compaction that lasts for many years.
The common method of reducing parasite infections in horses until recently was to rigorously deworm horses every six to eight weeks. Resistance to drug classes is increasing and cases of resistant parasites are now being reported worldwide
“We’ve been raising sweet corn on our lot for three years now. We started out with good harvests, but this year the cornstalks are spindly and not producing well. Plus, we’re seeing more insect damage. What do you think is happening?” The questioners, now in their fourth year of growing the same crop on the same plot, were learning the hard way about the importance of crop rotation.
Basil has been known and grown since ancient times. Learn how to grow this "king of herbs" to use in your everyday cooking.
If you are like me, I start gardening at the dinner table. Today I’m thinking of homemade Italian spaghetti sauce, gourmet herbal vinegar, fresh garden salad, and Italian pesto. Why, you may be asking, because I’m getting ready to sow the basil seeds, one of the world’s most delightful herbs.
This material describes some of the features and challenges of the many marketing outlets available to farmers on the east coast.
On Saturday April 9th approximately 90 early care and education practitioners had the opportunity to attend 2 of seven sessions offered that day.
The natural gas industry has created many opportunities and challenges not only on a local level, but has also received both statewide and national attention. As we struggle to understand the complexity and enormity of the many issues related to the industry, the best way for every citizen to make informed decisions is through education of the facts.