Want to avoid pesticides and antibiotics in your produce, meat, and dairy foods? Prefer to pay more to make sure farm animals were treated humanely, farmworkers got their lunch breaks, bees or birds were protected by the farmer and that ranchers didn't kill predators?
A new publication offered by the Pesticide Education Program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides recommendations for preventing and controlling infestations of wood-destroying insects.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced more than $21 million US in new grants through its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative.GCE is a tiered granting mechanism that funds innovative ideas to tackle key global health and development problems, and provides additional resources for projects that demonstrate initial promise.
The PA IPM News Fall 2012 edition is now available as a downloadable PDF file. In this issue: Agrochemicals Impair Learning in Honey Bees; Uninvited Guests – Lady Beetles; Educational Tools for Safer Pest Control in Childcare Centers; New IPM Manual for Growers; Back to School Means a Return for Head Lice; Journal of IPM Now Accepting Submissions.
Penn State University professor weighs in on what can be done to salvage your crop and the fields after inclement weather.
It's becoming clear that we can grow all the food we need, and profitably, with far fewer chemicals. And I’m not talking about imposing some utopian vision of small organic farms on the world. Conventional agriculture can shed much of its chemical use — if it wants to.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Ariel Rivers, a dual-degree doctoral student in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, and Daniel Tobin, a dual-degree doctoral student in Agricultural and Extension Education, and International Agriculture and Development, received the fellowships to support their international research projects.
A monitoring system set up in the early 1980s to track common vegetable pests in New Jersey has led to a treasure trove of maps about a new invader, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Scientists are analyzing the maps to stop BMSB from pirating a wide range of fruit and vegetables in North America.
Beginning farmers who need to enhance their knowledge about organic vegetable production, ecological plant-disease management and soil basics will find useful information in a new series of fact sheets offered by Penn State Extension.
Numerous awards were recently presented to faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in the Entomology department in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Students and faculty in the department are future leaders in many aspects of entomology, both domestically and internationally. These awards recognize their accomplishments and potential.
Fruit growers recognize that attention to detail can mean the difference between a crop of high quality apples picked at the proper time and a crop that has reduced market potential. Predicting optimum harvest date in this season following an early and extended bloom is requiring extra attention to detail, even with mid-season varieties that are being harvested now.
There's an up and down to apple seasons, the farmer said, talking on a crackling cell phone as he stood between two tractors in his orchards. If you have a light apple crop one year, chances are you'll get a heavy crop the next, said Ed McDannell, owner of McDannell's Fruit Farm and Market in Arendtsville.
A dry spell in early July left the plants shorter than usual, but last month's rain staved off the bad harvest Joel Newhard feared for both his soybean and corn crops. That's true for most Pennsylvania farmers — state officials forecast a better-than-average harvest.
Organizers of "The Greatest Insect Show on Earth" are planning their biggest event yet. Penn State's Great Insect Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at a new location: the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
The Federal Trade Commission filed deceptive advertising charges against two marketers of remedies for bed bug infestations, who allegedly failed to back up overhyped claims that they could prevent and eliminate infestations using natural ingredients, such as cinnamon and cedar oil. One marketer also allegedly made misleading claims that its products were effective against head lice.
Jean Amspacher of the first block of Colepepper Road in Shrewsbury said she's been concerned about the possibility of West Nile virus in her neighborhood because of two vacant properties with uncovered pools. She called her municipality, but was told nothing could be done because the land was private property.Tom Smith, the West Nile Virus Program coordinator with the Penn State Cooperative Extension, said swimming pools aren't usually a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Recently, Deb Oerman's grandsons tried to cool down on a hot day in a pool behind her York home. The 5- and 7-year-olds returned inside covered in bug bites. "They've been getting all (bit) up," Oerman said. "Especially the little one. There were so many bites so close together on his back, it looked like one big welt." Oerman suspects the bites came from Asian tiger mosquitoes, which have become a growing problem over the month of August.
The Allegheny County Extension Office has received many calls and e-mails from landscapers and home gardeners wondering what is happening to impatiens this summer. Callers note that affected plants are stunted, yellow and that they look like sticks, with a few yellow leaves hanging on.
An early spring warm spell last March followed by a "normal" April cold snap is responsible for the lack of apples and other tree fruit in the Northern Tier this year, according to growers and experts.
For those weary of hearing about infected mosquitoes, beetles killing elm trees and blight on tomatoes, hold on – a new plague has surfaced. The spotted wing drosophila, often called a vinegar fly, is wiping out whole crops of soft fruits – blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, sweet and tart cherries and strawberries.