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July 26, 2017

A fruit and vegetable meeting on August 17, 5 to 8 pm, at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center will feature applied research as well as the opportunity to interact with University of MD and Penn State Extension specialists.

European corn borer larvae.
July 26, 2017

All pest species are increasing. Spikes of corn earworm are starting, and sap beetle problems have been occurring.

Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 26 July 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
July 26, 2017

The rainy weather is not letting up and neither is downy mildew pressure.

July 26, 2017

Humidity will be on the uptick as showers and thunderstorms approach Pennsylvania for friday.

Figure 1. Western bean cutworm egg mass on upper leaves of vegetative stage corn (Photo by Nicole Carutis, Penn State Extension)
July 26, 2017

Western Bean Cutworm pest pressure may apparently be higher than in previous years. Producers encouraged to be on the lookout for caterpillars and egg masses and consider the presence and type of Bt corn.

July 26, 2017

The August 1 deadline is approaching for the Five Acre Corn Club. Now is the time to register fields that have high yield potential.

July 26, 2017

Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats will generally avoid poisonous plants. Grazing animals seem to have an innate sense of which plants are okay to consume and which to avoid. However, in pastures which have become overgrazed or brown from drought they will be more apt to sample less palatable species including poisonous broadleaves.

July 26, 2017

More reports this week from across the state that uniformly indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting.

July 26, 2017

Take an opportunity to see planting green techniques first-hand and learn how to implement soil health strategies on your farm.

July 26, 2017

The ever popular Ag Progress Days Hay Show wants to evaluate your hay. So bring along a sample to the drop-off point on Tuesday, August 15 by 10:00 a.m. (the first day of the show.)

Brown marmorated stink bug adult on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
July 21, 2017

Pheromone traps are the best indicators for controlling CM and OFM. Detection of live BMSB nymphs in traps placed in orchards warrants an immediate insecticide application.

July 21, 2017

Adventurous Play: The Whys and Hows; Dealing with Bed Bugs in Child Care Environments; PYD Mastery: Professional Development and Leadership; Toilet Skill Development: Support Children’s Learning

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?