Downy mildew continues to be reported primarily on cucumber and to a lesser extent on cantaloupe across the region.
This week there was a new report of late blight on tomato in Montgomery Co., VA near Blacksburg.
It is August already, which, for many grape growers in Pennsylvania, means veraison and the beginning of fruit ripening. It seems a good time to comment on the seasonal weather and how it can affect the vines.
New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. Of the 95 acres, 30-45 are in vegetable production. Jim Crawford has been farming here for 40 years and farmed in another location for the five years before that. His farming career sprung out of being a serious gardener. We had the opportunity to spend a morning with Jim and senior apprentice Jennifer Glenister.
Warm and wet weather expected through September.
Zach Larson joined Penn State Extension in early August as the Field and Forage Crops Educator for Blair, Huntingdon, and Fulton counties. Zach is housed in Martinsburg, Blair County.
We toured Southeastern PA on Monday this week looking at the progression of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp in Pennsylvania. We identified some positive and not so positive progress.
With the dry weather encompassing most of Pennsylvania this summer, a close eye should be kept on corn silage moisture and maturity so the proper harvest time can be achieved to produce quality silage.
As we receive more much-needed rain, reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure and little disease. Grasshoppers and Japanese beetles are still the primary defoliators, but populations remain below the economic threshold (15-20% defoliation). We expect these results to represent the majority of soybean fields in PA, but scout your fields to find out for yourself.
A critical component of soil management is to plant cover crops as soon as possible after harvest of the previous crop.
The welcome rains have refreshed our crops but made the soil moist just prior to corn silage harvest. The soil compaction threat therefore has increased significantly.
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Harvesting apples at the optimum stage of maturity increases fruit flavor and firmness and reduces the potential for decay. Begin sampling fruit for maturity assessments several weeks before normal harvest is anticipated.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.
Pennsylvania was one of 17 state teams that competed in the 37th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from Sunday, July 31, through Thursday, August 4.
The departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection recently announced that grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. Deadline for this year is September 15th.
Poison Hemlock is aggressively spreading in many regions of Pennsylvania.
For the past 25 years, the AgrAbility Project has assisted farmers and ranchers remain in production agriculture despite challenges related to a disability or long-term health condition.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, assisted PA CleanWays of McKean County remove another two thousand tires from McKean County, filling two tractor-trailers on Saturday, July 23, 2016.