As most of us know, our IPM systems were turned upside down after the introduction of BMSB around 2010. For the majority of apple growers that had to give up on their IPM programs to use harsh pesticides to control BMSB, this article contains some guidelines and control strategies for minimizing the impacts on mites for the next season.
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest, whether it's electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. I suspect many gardeners are the same way, looking for the latest in new perennials, hanging basket designs or tomato cultivars. At times, though, it is worth looking at the tried and true.
What good is this funky fungus?
A new study, “Implementing an integrated pest management (IPM) program in child care centers: A qualitative study,” appears in the latest edition of Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Four common steps to starting an IPM program emerged.
Cover crops can help improve soil quality, save manure nitrogen or fix nitrogen for the following crop, supply rescue forage and can lead to improved ground and surface water quality. Cover crops have a host of benefits, but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that.
Join us for light dinner and laughter as we learn about maximizing your ecology and profits through bio-intensive farming methods!
The fungi causing fruit rots can be quite stealth since spores will land on the fruit and cause symptoms after the fruit have been in storage. We have had excellent conditions for fruit rots this month with frequent rain and stretches of warm weather.
Traps placed on trees located on the border of woods as well as traps placed in the first row of orchards, which rarely collected any stink bugs for most of this season, now are collecting many brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults. Since not every orchard will experience the same pressure from BMSB, cautious scouting and monitoring of the vegetation surrounding an orchard should be very helpful in deciding if any special stink bug control treatment is necessary.
Are you interested in food safety certification for your farming operation? Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are partnering to provide mock audit workshops throughout our state. Mock Audits are a great introduction to food safety, and are also useful to those well acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices as well as other Food Safety Standards and who are looking forward to the next step.
As leaders we are constantly assessing our performance. Setting goals, mapping out objectives, bringing people together, building a resource base are activities that go with the job, but the question remains…are we progressive? As the leader, are we keeping our organization moving in a positive direction. Are there better ways to approach success?
Although there are areas across the state where late blight hasn't been observed, it continues to spread within commercial fields and home gardens in 19 counties where it has been confirmed.
Downy mildew has been confirmed on field grown cucumbers in Centre Co. and in greenhouse cucumbers in York, Co.
Environmental conditions have been more favorable for Verticillium Wilt this year and as a result of the cooler wet soils, Verticillium has been diagnosed in multiple crops.
This program is designed to provide education for individuals interested in learning to produce food for their family or to create some income by beginning a small-scale agricultural operation in a suburban environment.
More warm, humid air in the short term forecast. Perhaps some of the warmest weather of the summer may occur in September!
This is a continuation of the article from August 19.
Insect populations are widespread, however, populations remain at low levels. Disease pressure also remains low.
There may be something brewing in the lower canopy or roots of your soybeans.
Keep your goals in mind when selecting cover crops and cover crop mixtures.
Some considerations if you are thinking of harvesting soybeans as a forage.