During August and September we saw apples mature a bit earlier than normal, but once mature, they quickly tree-ripened. Due to the hot, dry weather, and the full sun exposure of trees managed as tall-spindles, the harvest window was compressed. This week, we began sampling late-season varieties, Fuji and Cripps Pink. While Fuji fruit lacks red color, fruit ripening has already begun.
The purpose of safety data sheets (SDS) is to provide detailed information about all chemicals and pesticides including the chemical properties, various hazards (e.g., physical, health, environmental, etc.), protective measures, and safety precautions (e.g., handling, storing, and transporting).
There have been many reports of bitter rot on apple while fruit are being harvested. With Mother Nature recently dumping a ton of rain, which will have washed off any fungicides, growers are encouraged to apply a fungicide to protect apple varieties that have yet to be harvested. Tips for identification and late season management are discussed.
Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences, has been named co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), effective immediately.
Greg Roth, professor of agronomy in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will become associate head of the college's Department of Plant Science, effective Oct. 1. In announcing the appointment, Rick Roush, dean of the college, said Roth will work with Department Head Erin Connolly, faculty and staff to keep a large, complex department with multiple educational and research programs functioning smoothly.
Birdseye pearlwort (Sagina procumbens) is a perennial plant that often forms dense mats in a landscape, particularly in turf. It can tolerate low mowing and because it has erect stems, it can take on the appearance of a turfgrass or moss.
Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) is an invasive, non-native woody plant that can grow up to 9 feet tall and with a similar width. It was brought to the United States to use as rootstock for other roses and as a “living fence” to prevent soil erosion. However, like many invasive species, it escaped from managed care and is now naturalized.
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Fall is here and precipitation is predicted to help alleviate some of the drought conditions across the state.
Corn and soybean grain harvest is just around the corner, and it is time to emphasize the importance of residue distribution for no-till success.
Having unpriced bushels as we near harvest had some grain producers hoping the harvest pundits calling for severe yield reductions would be correct in their guesses. At this point it looks like a burdensome harvest will materialize.
Final report: All the sentinel fields that we have been scouting since spring have exceeded growth stage R7, most are starting to senesce and practically speaking insects and diseases are no longer a concern. Some of our fields look excellent and a least one that received regular rain has an expected yield in the range of 80 bushel per acre. Undoubtedly others will be lower, but we hope that everyone’s field penciled out in the black.
Fall pasture growth often provides additional opportunity for grazing livestock; however, careful management of pastures is essential for the over-wintering of forages and improvement into the next growing season.
As corn is coming off fields, it is time to think about how fall manure is managed.
A recent apparent hemp dogbane poisoning of some horses serves as a reminder for recognizing and managing this common perennial weed.
At a field day last week we used an infiltration ring and observed an infiltration rate of 6.67” in less than an hour. A nearby farmer measured infiltration of 8”/hr on his farm. These dairy farms used continuous no-till and cover crops. The numbers suggest that these farms would never generate runoff because it is extremely rare to have this type of rainfall intensity in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless runoff is observed occasionally from these fields.
The National Forum on Climate and Pests will bring invited experts together in front of a live Internet audience to speak about the latest climate change science and pest research. Online, October 4 - 6, 2016.
Field walk on grazing and no-till forages to improve soil health and farm productivity – in Leola, PA on October 6 from 9 am to noon. No registration is required.
Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research is pleased to announce a series of one-day workshops on storm water management related to shale energy development infrastructure.