During my 26-year tenure in the Department of Entomology at the Pennsylvania State University, I’ve often had magnolia or tuliptree branch samples with soft scales submitted for diagnosis late in the growing season. The question most often asked by the individual submitting the sample has been, “Which soft scale insect species is present on this sample?”
After two months of below normal temperatures across Pennsylvania, September is getting off to a summery start, but weather will be mixed over the next 7 days.
It’s taken awhile, but corn silage harvest is about to get into high gear. There are a number of things to consider as we begin silage harvest.
Optimum late summer perennial forage crop establishment has likely gone by.
Here are some pointers to consider when deciding when to harvest your last alfalfa cutting.
The window for fall cover crop establishment depends on where you live. We are rapidly moving beyond that window for some cover crops.
Avoid wet soils and heavy equipment unless you want to deal with soil compaction and potentially reduced crop performance.
Soybean aphids are the most widespread insect species reported this week in soybean, but this pest will not influence yield once plants reach R6.
Here are some management guidelines for soybean aphid and grasshoppers.
Bt resistant rootworm suspected in PA. Regularly rotate to crops other than corn to avoid the potential for resistance.
This weed shows up everywhere – nurseries, landscapes, agricultural settings, and unmanaged areas. It can tolerate poor soil, but prefers growing sites in full sun.
Safety and Health Management Planning for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
This school covers everything you wanted to know about vinecrop production in one intensive day. Topics include: basics of production, variety performance, disease, insect, fertility, and weed management considerations for organic production, and marketing pointers.
This year in particular has been a tough year for blueberries. We've had some winter injury issues, but in addition to those, we are seeing nutritional problems that tend to recur on different farms in various years.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists report that glyphosate, known commercially by many trade names, and its degradation product AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) are transported off-site from agricultural and urban sources and occur widely in the environment. This study is the largest and most comprehensive assessment of the environmental occurrence of glyphosate and AMPA in the United States conducted to date.
Extended drought in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person--groundwater. Penn State Extension is urging the public to pitch in on Protect Your Groundwater Day September 9.
The recent unconventional production report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection certainly illustrated the massive amount of natural gas being produced from a relatively small number of unconventional wells. (more...)
After a typical summer for our area, most of us find our lawn leaves something to be desired when compared to the lush lawn we had at the end of the spring.
Maintaining a shade garden after the spring bulbs have faded can be a challenge. Tall trees can suck up any moisture and leave you with bone dry soil. To correct the problem incorporate as much organic matter as possible.