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Photo 1: Measuring the starch pattern index. Photo by Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
August 23, 2017

With the continued cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall in August, fruit size and red color are good. Gala harvest is now in full swing; picking began in the Gala blocks soon after we picked our samples.

August 23, 2017

Unseasonably Cool Weather is on Tap for the week following August 23rd, with increased chances of morning fog and increased activity stirring in the tropics.

August 23, 2017

Paul Esker, Extension Field Crops Plant Pathologist joined Penn State Extension on July 1, 2017. Dr. Esker brings his expertise in field crop diseases in support of county educators and local producers across Pennsylvania.

August 23, 2017

Questions pertaining to perennial weed control for grass pastures and hay fields have been coming in from around the state. Dr. Bill Curran discusses strategies, timing and the various products available for control of these problem weeds.

Figure 1. White mold in soybean. Photo credit: Paul Esker
August 23, 2017

White Mold like many soybean diseases is favored by wet weather and excess soil moisture.

August 23, 2017

Now is a good time to assess corn yields. Our current corn crop looks good and yield estimates could provide some insight into differences between fields and hybrids.

August 23, 2017

As we move into corn silage harvest season, and with full season soybeans soon dropping their leaves, producers may notice some problem weed situations.

Dr. Greg Roth with ryegrass interseeded into corn.
August 23, 2017

The greatest cost on grazing livestock enterprises is often stored and harvested feed costs. Extending the grazing season can help to reduce stored feed costs, reduce labor needs, and improve the overall profitability and sustainability of the operation. A new interseeding study has been established to evaluate grazing of interseeded corn to enhance soil health and forage production.

August 23, 2017

Reports this week from across Pennsylvania continue to indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. Most of our fields are in the mid-reproductive stage (R4-5) and a lot of insect damage becomes inconsequential after R5, so keep this in mind. Our reports from this week identify Japanese beetles, and grasshoppers as the primary defoliators, but aphids and brown marmorated stink bugs are present in some fields. For diseases, reports of Septoria brown spot and frogeye leaf spot are present in some fields, but pest pressure remains low.

August 23, 2017

Monday, August 28th is the last day to register for the Agronomic Pesticide Applicator School at Rock Springs on August 30th. Can’t make it? Then check out the Manheim Location on September 21st.

Grape leaves exhibiting phenosy-type herbicide damage in 2017. Photo: T Devalle, Penn State
August 22, 2017

Pesticide applicators are responsible for drift related damage and could face a potential lawsuit.

When it comes to profitability and weathering low commodity prices, farm size matters, Penn State agricultural economists suggest.
August 22, 2017

Many would argue that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. But when it comes to the profitability and survival of Pennsylvania farms, size apparently matters, according to a report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Image: Penn State Theresa Boyd
August 21, 2017

In the category of “things we don’t usually think about while flying down the highway” is powerline right-of-ways.

Range of Premier Honeycrisp maturities for the whole tree strip-picked on August 15, 2017.  Fruits were hand-sorted in the laboratory for a storage study, using 1962 USDA Golden Delicious Color Chips. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
August 17, 2017

Week 3 maturity assessments indicate a need to be ready for an early apple harvest and possible spray applications to prevent preharvest drop.

Severe foliar late blight symptoms on tomato. Photo: Beth K. Gugino, Penn State
August 17, 2017

On August 15, 2017 late blight was confirmed on tomato in a commercial field in Cumberland county, PA. It has previously been reported in Chester and Indiana counties on tomato and/or potato.

Corn earworm trap in Montgomery County, PA. Photo: A. Frankenfield, Penn State
August 17, 2017

Corn earworm counts can change rapidly at this time of year. Corn earworm are starting to spike in southeastern PA, and remain stubbornly high in Erie County and to the southwest near Pittsburgh.

Image: Mortensen Lab / Penn State
August 14, 2017

Penn State research shows non-native plants are rapidly invading Pennsylvania’s northern forests and links new invasions with shale gas development activity.

Buckeye Gala (left) Premier Honeycrisp (right) Photos: T. Baugher, Penn State
August 11, 2017

This week, maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp and two red Gala cultivars are compared.

Brown marmorated stink bug adult and nymphs on corn. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
August 11, 2017

The flights of the second generation codling moth (CM) and third generation oriental fruit moth (OFM) continue in most Pennsylvania pome fruit orchards.