There are an increasing number of reports of powdery mildew on a wide range of cucurbit crops across Pennsylvania.
Reports of downy mildew on cucumber continue to increase and now include Lancaster, Chester and Delaware Counties in PA as well as new reports on cucumber in NJ, NY, MI and Ontario, Canada. Earlier this week was the first report on cantaloupe in northeastern OH in Medina County. Disease spread is most likely in the northeastern and southeastern portions of PA in the upcoming days.
The drought of 2012 and record beef prices, during this period, revitalized the interest in feeding dairy steer calves for beef, in particular the Holstein steer. This increased interest has meant more accepting sale of these animals to a packer and more competitive markets for Holstein beef.
A growing percentage of consumers are very interested in understanding how and where food comes from. This trend is a cue to farm and other agricultural producers to prepare to answer questions from customer about production practices.
This spring, a dramatic decline in the health of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) has been observed in forest and landscape settings across New England and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed and are now referred to as Safety Data Sheets (SDS). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Hazard Communication Standard requires the new format starting on June 1, 2016. One of the primary reasons for the change is that OSHA requires all SDSs to use a standard format.
When it’s hot and humid, it can be tough to keep cool. If we’re not careful, we can become over heated and suffer a heat related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Take a walk around your landscape and you'll see them everywhere. The weeds are up. I mentally divide my weeds into two major groups: ones that spread by seeds and ones that spread by roots and seeds.
The recent heat and humidity will give way to slightly cooler but persistently humid conditions for the end of the week and into the weekend.
In the beginning of July, Rachel Milliron joined the Field and Forage Crops Team as an educator in Armstrong, Westmoreland, and Indiana Counties.
Lack of rain and high-ish temperatures are impacting crops in several counties. A question more and more farmers are asking lately is something like – “What must I do if I suspect a crop loss on crop insurance covered acres?”
This is the last week to enter the Five Acre Corn Club, with the final deadline being August 1st. This long-standing program gets an exciting new twist with the implementation of production regions to compare producer entries across similar growing environments.
The Farm Service Agency’s Aug. 1 deadline for enrolling in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for the 2016 crop year is fast approaching.
As you make hay this year, pull a couple of your best bales and store them in a dry spot so that when Ag Progress Days rolls around you will have easy access to them. Unlike originally advertised, this year, a Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland membership is NOT required to participate in the Hay Show.
Producers needing extra forage should take a look at the yields and quality Penn State has been getting with grasses and cover crops planted in September.
Although it is tempting to open the paddock gates and let livestock graze where and what they can find, maintaining a managed grazing system and keeping animals off scorched forages can be the key to healthy pastures in the fall and next spring.
Consider these proper equipment adjustments and techniques for making quality dry hay that few may know or do! A few pieces of aluminum foil can be used to properly set conditioner roll clearances.
Our reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure, and still very little disease has been reported.
This week we feature one of the research plots on one of the farms that is new to the on-farm soybean research network this year. In addition, we have a brief update on the seed treatment tests that are on our cooperating farms out across the state.
Horseweed in Pennsylvania is beginning to flower and will start dropping seed in the coming weeks – learn why it’s important to remove any remaining mature plants now.