This grower-supported apple maturity update focuses on new apple varieties grown at the University of Maryland orchard in Keedysville, a warm, low-elevation site in southern Washington County, MD. The information taken at Keedysville and other sites is distributed to growers through the Penn State Extension network as a collaboration of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit Consortium. Our goal is to provide pertinent information on fruit maturity ahead of the typical picking date for growers to the north. Hopefully you are finding these weekly updates valuable.
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Thanks to receiving a multi-state Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant, research and extension activities related to high and low tunnel berry production are taking a significant step forward.
Presumably due to the state receiving some much-needed rain and temperatures cooling off a bit, spotted wing drosophila numbers took a significant jump over the last couple of weeks.
Management strategies are discussed for mitigating the postharvest disease Rhizopus rot on peaches and nectarines.
A review of managing pre- and postharvest apple fruit rots is discussed. Alternative rot management strategies are included.
Penn State Extension has published the newly updated Master Gardener Manual, an expansive guide containing a comprehensive inventory of gardening and landscape-management topics for home gardeners, students and professionals. The nearly 800-page guide leads readers through the basics of plant classification, propagation, plant culture, harvesting and problem-solving.
Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor changed two posters that employers are required to post in the workplace.
AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians took part in Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days in August at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rocks Spring.
Chocolate chirpies. Cricket cookies. Super-insect trail mix. Tune up your taste buds for these treats and more at Penn State's 2016 Great Insect Fair, set for Sept. 10 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.
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.