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June 23, 2017

This article was written by Sharon Driedger, a 2016 Penn State Extension Summer Assistant in Montgomery County. Sharon is a senior Nutrition major at West Chester University. Most people know that onions can make you cry when you cut into them. But, do you know why? Onions also provide important vitamins to the diet.

Brown marmorated stink bug injury on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
June 23, 2017

The flights of the first generation adults of tufted apple bud moth, obliquebanded leafroller and codling moth are almost completed in most Pennsylvania orchards.

June 21, 2017

Much of western PA has observed between two and four inches of rain since last week, while much of eastern PA has seen between one-half to one inch of rain during the same period. Because of the wet late Spring/early summer, all of the state has been lifted from abnormally dry or moderate drought status, according to the US Drought Monitor. The best chance for widespread, organized precipitation over the next week will come late this week and into the weekend.

June 21, 2017

As we proceed through the growing season, there are a few issues surrounding weed control and herbicide use. Below are some items to consider.

June 21, 2017

We have heard that many folks are considering replanting corn and/or soybean following heavy slug damage this spring. Particularly for corn, we thought it would be prudent to remind folks to pay attention to the various genetic, insect-resistant traits and seed-applied treatments that are available because all that is offered is not always necessary.

June 21, 2017

Soybean fields in our program continue to put on new growth and appear to be leaving slug damage behind. From the reports we have this week pest populations remain low, bean leaf beetles are active, but nothing concerning yet. Keep in mind that in their vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, none have been reported this week. From last week, the field that may have had the beginnings of Septoria brown spot was a false alarm.

June 21, 2017

Save the dates for these summer field day events which will provide on-farm research updates and farmer tips for soil health, grazing, and cover crops.

June 21, 2017

This spring has brought a lot of rain, some of which came down in heavy downpours. The rain is a blessing but can be a curse too.

Mario Sazo, Cornell Fruit Specialist, invites Pennsylvania fruit growers and farm workers to a tour of the Geneva Experiment Station.
June 20, 2017

A field training for Spanish speakers in the fruit industry. Una capacitación en el campo para trabajadores de habla hispana en la industria de la fruta.

Sowbugs and pillbugs congregate in moist areas. Photo by Sinclair Adam.
June 20, 2017

We hear periodic reports of sowbug and/or pillbug outbreaks in greenhouses and high tunnels in Pennsylvania.

June 20, 2017

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing.

June 19, 2017

Radon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. Radon can get into the air you breathe indoors and into the water you drink, and can also be found in small amounts in outdoor air.

June 19, 2017

How healthy will Earth's ecosystems be in 2027, 2067 and beyond? It's an important question to ask, especially on World Environment Day, June 5.

June 19, 2017

Research shows wide knowledge gaps about how water infrastructure works. Many Americans don't know how clean water gets to their homes and especially what happens after wastewater is flushed away, knowledge that is vital in confronting challenges including droughts and failing infrastructure that can lead to contamination.

June 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warns that cuts to environmental and public health programs in the proposed budget from House Republicans could put air and water quality at risk. In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees, Secretary Patrick McDonnell outlined six key ways the proposed budget would impact public health, safety, and economic development.

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June 19, 2017

Canada’s goal is to cut methane emissions from oil and gas facilities by 40-45% from 2012 levels by 2025.

June 19, 2017

The City of Lancaster will host the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification Level 1 training on July 24-25. CBLP is a new, voluntary, regional credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Bay watershed.

Photo 1. Obliquebanded leafroller injured new growth on apple tree. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
June 16, 2017

The adults of the first generation tufted apple bud moth (TABM) and obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) continue to fly in most Pennsylvania orchards.

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June 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) collected impact fees from the natural gas industry totaling $173,258,900 for 2016.