We had optimal conditions for apple scab infections this month and it’s time to start scouting the orchard for possible infection. Fire blight symptoms have been slow due to the chilly weather over the last several weeks; however, with the warm weather this week, fire blight may become more symptomatic. Be vigilant when scouting for fire blight and prune infections as soon as possible. In addition: newly planted blocks that may be blooming need protection to prevent blossom blight right now.
As we suggested last week and early this week the temperatures and solar radiation levels are very high setting up 4 Day Average Balances that are quite negative for all the sites.
A new set of tools is currently being developed to help you manage crop pests and increase your profitability. The Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) is a national Web-based IT platform that combines user-contributed pest observations and translates them to real-time pest distribution maps and forecasts of pest risk. Throughout the season iPiPE informs you about the pests and diseases in your vicinity and provides management recommendations from professionals to help you make decisions about protecting your crop. The project is funded by a USDA Food Security Program grant and involves 28 crops around the nation.
Who is pollinating your pumpkin and other squash crops? How can we help them with flowering cover crops? This free educational workshop is being held rain or shine! Specialists from Penn State University as well as other guest speakers will be discussing integrated crop pollination, pumpkin pollination, cover crops—including cover cropping for cucurbit pollinators, equipment for no-till cover cropping, integrated pest, pesticide, and pollinator management.
Penn State Extension's Dining with Diabetes program recently was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, a national organization certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dining with Diabetes is the first extension-based program in the country to receive national accreditation.
Key policy concerns related to hydraulic fracturing will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on June 7.
On May 18th, the 5th Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest announced the four winners who displayed entrepreneurship and ingenuity (more...)
We are excited to announce that York County’s very first Master Watershed Steward Class finished their training in April.
The upcoming week will feel summer-like with some opportunities for precipitation, but not as widespread as what was seen across much of the state this past weekend.
Some fields with poor corn stands are being evaluated for replanting. There are several things one must consider.
In cases of poor corn emergence, here are some considerations when corn has to be removed from a field with the intention of replanting corn.
Should provide better grass control than before.
Trap data and growing degree-day models indicate this should be started in some areas of the state.
The continuing wet spring has made great conditions for slugs, and we are aware of corn and soybean fields suffering heavily from slug damage.
The PA Department of Ag (PDA) has announced that pre-registration will be required beginning June 1 for pesticide exams in Region 6 (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties).
Wrapping wet bales for baleage could help to ensure your hay fields are harvested at the correct stage of maturity.
Cutting height can have an effect on both the quality of your forage and the longevity of the stand.
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Weekly Reports from Soybean On-Farm Research Network.
Soil Health Field Walks - Soil health tests, cover crop mixtures and tools for building soil health are topics to be covered.