Due to low winter temperatures and spring frosts, some peach varieties may have no crop this year. Below are some considerations for managing trees with no crop.
Significant damage to cherry flower buds was observed following the freezing temperatures last week. While some of this damage may have occurred during the winter, most appears to be recent.
The bitter cold and icy conditions during the winter of 2013/14 revealed “spotty” instances of winterkill on Pennsylvania golf courses, lawns, and sports turf this spring.
I received a phone call from Dr. Greg Peck at Virginia Tech’s lab in Winchester, VA following last week’s freezing temperatures. Greg said that he was seeing a surprising amount of freeze injury to apple flower pistils. I mentioned that our minimum temperatures hadn’t dropped below the critical values for apple buds between half inch green and tight cluster, (23° F and 27°F, respectively).
Apple scab spores continue to rapidly mature and discharge. Rain and thunderstorms are forecasted for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and combined with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s, these are once again great conditions for scab infection. Apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.
Chilly weather to predominate across the state for the next week.
If your timothy looks drought stressed in April, get a magnifying glass out.
Did you know that the timing of termination, and management of your cover crop including practices such as “planting into green” could affect your corn and soybean crop insurance!
Fungicide resistant Fusarium Head Scab fungus discovered in the Northeastern U.S.
Black Cutworm moths begin migration across the state.
Got Drugs? April 26, 2014 - 10AM to 2PM The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Spring termination of a sod such as orchardgrass can have mixed results, follow these steps for successful sod burndown. Also, some tips for weed control in newly seeded grasses, legumes, and legume/grass mixtures.
High quality and often expensive seed can be planted at lower populations if you have the correct equipment for the task. A well maintained and calibrated drill can improve your stands, and increase yields while lowering your seed costs.
Achieving consistently high yields in corn and soybean production requires uniform crop emergence and plant spacing. Del Voight discusses planting tips and the effects of spacing deviations on final yield.
Finally, winter has released its grasp and it is time to enjoy the spring time weather. The harsh winter made horse ownership a challenge and just as the horse owner thinks the worse is over a new problem develops...TICKS.
Horse owners are anticipating the joy of realizing that the long harsh winter is gradually changing into the pleasures of spring.
If you are a farm manager who practices environmental stewardship to maintain a healthy environment for your family, your community, and your animals, then the Penn State Extension Equine would like to recognize your dedication and commitment!
Research indicates that both surface and groundwater are showing signs of increased salt concentrations as a result of human activities. Further, the increased salt levels can have an impact on stream dwellers.
Penn State Extension Water Resource Educators Jim Clark and Amy Galford led a pond management workshop for 38 undergraduate students from 11 different states on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Spring Mills, PA.