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July 21, 2017

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Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 20 July 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
July 20, 2017

New reports of downy mildew on cucumber are being confirmed daily, although to date there are no confirmed reports of late blight in Pennsylvania. Keep an eye out for early blight and Septoria leaf spot in commercial tomato fields.

European corn borer larvae (left) adults (right). Photo: ©Marlin E. Rice
July 20, 2017

Corn earworms are low in most locations, European corn borer infestations are spotty, and fall armyworm immigration has started.

Do you have a well at your home? Are you certain your drinking water is safe for your family? Photo Credit: Bryan Swistock
July 20, 2017

Protecting your family’s well or spring drinking water supply and keeping your septic and heating oil tanks from contaminating water supplies.

July 19, 2017

Rather warm and humid conditions will persist through early next week. More unsettled weather will arrive by later Thursday into Friday of this week.

July 19, 2017

Corn and soybeans have survived a rough spring with challenging weather and pest concerns but yield prospects have been improving during the last two weeks as we approached silking. Observations made during this time can help to determine stand health and predict silage harvest dates.

Figure 1 Penn State SEAREC- 2014 Corn Response to Fungicide Applications- D.G. Voight and A. Collins.
July 19, 2017

Under certain conditions, applying a fungicide to corn may provide an economic return. A look at few key criteria will help in determining whether to apply fungicides or wait things out.

Soybean showing cupped and crinkled leaves on July 17 at our Rock Springs Agronomy Farm.
July 19, 2017

Concerns for plant growth regulator off-target crop injury are on the rise. What will we experience here in the Mid-Atlantic this summer?

 Figure 1. Corn leaf aphid. Photo by Del Voight, Penn State Extension, Lebanon County.
July 19, 2017

Corn Aphids have become a recent problem on some farms in Pennsylvania and are the result of imbalances of natural predators. Fortunately, through scouting and the use of economic thresholds this problem can be avoided.

July 19, 2017

We have plenty of reports this week from across the state that indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting and the same conditions likely apply in most soybean fields around the state. For most of the issues we have seen, there appears to be little economic return in applying insecticides at this time.

Postharvest fungicide sprays are necessary to prevent defoliation from cherry leaf spot. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
July 18, 2017

Conditions may be optimal for several fungal and bacterial pome and stone fruit diseases in July.

Image:  Penn State
July 17, 2017

Researchers, studying hydraulic fracturing wastewater in area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.

July 14, 2017

Carbohydrates and protein are critical nutrients in precision feeding however, some interesting observations on calcium and phosphorus agreement have materialized.

Photo credit: United Soybean Board, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
July 12, 2017

Useful information is available on the web to the beginning farmer or someone who has been tending the soil for years.

July 12, 2017

Unsettled weather with rather uncomfortable humidity levels will persist through the remainder of the week

July 12, 2017

We have heard about claims of 2,4-D injury to commercial grapevines in Pennsylvania, potentially stemming from applications in nearby field crops.

July 12, 2017

As your canopies close and humidity levels rise, you can bet the fungi that cause crop diseases are getting happy. Scouting right now is going to be your best bet for making good fungicide decisions for your fields.

July 12, 2017

Corn and soybeans have survived a rough spring with weather and pest concerns, but weather and yield prospects have been improving during the last two weeks.

July 12, 2017

Most soybean fields appear to be growing well and are starting to experience some minor defoliation. Our reports from this week identify bean leaf beetles, Japanese beetles, and grasshoppers as the primary culprits. Remember that vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, reports of Septoria brown spot and frogeye leaf spot appeared this week, but populations seem low.