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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?

 Figure 1. Corn leaf aphid. Photo by Del Voight, Penn State Extension, Lebanon County.
July 19, 2017

Corn Aphids have become a recent problem on some farms in Pennsylvania and are the result of imbalances of natural predators. Fortunately, through scouting and the use of economic thresholds this problem can be avoided.

July 19, 2017

We have plenty of reports this week from across the state that indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting and the same conditions likely apply in most soybean fields around the state. For most of the issues we have seen, there appears to be little economic return in applying insecticides at this time.

July 19, 2017

A great crop is coming along in some fields. Now is the time to enroll in the Five Acre Corn Club.

July 19, 2017

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 can enter them into the annual hay show and judging contest.

July 19, 2017

Attend the free Grazing and No-ill Field Day at the Eli Weaver Farm in Leola on August 2nd.

Postharvest fungicide sprays are necessary to prevent defoliation from cherry leaf spot. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
July 18, 2017

Conditions may be optimal for several fungal and bacterial pome and stone fruit diseases in July.

July 14, 2017

Carbohydrates and protein are critical nutrients in precision feeding however, some interesting observations on calcium and phosphorus agreement have materialized.

Photo credit: United Soybean Board, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
July 12, 2017

Useful information is available on the web to the beginning farmer or someone who has been tending the soil for years.

July 12, 2017

Unsettled weather with rather uncomfortable humidity levels will persist through the remainder of the week

July 12, 2017

We have heard about claims of 2,4-D injury to commercial grapevines in Pennsylvania, potentially stemming from applications in nearby field crops.