Reducing pesticide use around the farm is the goal of an ongoing project targeting one of the most destructive pests of sweet corn. Sweet corn is an important vegetable crop in the United States. Grown on more than 28,000 farms nationwide, sweet corn is the most commonly grown vegetable crop in the United States. In EPA Region III, sweet corn sales bring in more money than any other vegetable crop, with Pennsylvania as the leader in the region.
As if the brown marmorated stink bug isn't enough of an uninvited pest for many local residents, the critter's family is expected to arrive in York County this season. The kudzu bug, relatively new to the United States, has "spread like wildfire (along) the Mason-Dixon Line," said Gregory Pettis, owner of Dominion Pest Control.
eremy Collins looked at his mom, Ginny Collins, took a deep breath and then headed over to the Insect Bistro. He stood in front of the chocolate-covered crickets for a minute before he picked one up.
One beautiful morning I walked out on my deck and low and behold, there was a magnificent orb-weaver spider with a gorgeous web laced with the morning dew. I've always been respectful of our beautiful creatures, but had fear as well.....
If you've ever wondered about some of the creepy crawlies you find in your backyard, you may want to attend Penn State's Great Insect Fair. The 20th edition of the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.
Recently, Penn State entomologist Ed Rajotte was featured on NPR’s “On Point” radio show to discuss the global and growing use of pesticides.
The Christmas and nursery tree industry in Pennsylvania is under increasing pressure due to an influx of invasive pests, but researchers from the Pennsylvania IPM Program are helping growers gain better control while reducing pesticide applications.
Increases in ground-level ozone, especially in rural areas, may interfere not only with predator insects finding host plants, but also with pollinators finding flowers, according to researchers from Penn State and the University of Virginia.
The majority of our agricultural crops depend on pollinators, but increasingly they are facing a number of environmental stressors. These stressors and approaches to mitigating their effects were the focus of the 2nd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy held recently at Penn State.
Some Pennsylvanians may be holding their breath wondering what the state’s three recently reported cases of West Nile virus (WNV) mean for enjoying the last few weeks of summer.
Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday. As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.
The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled new labels that prohibit the use of some of the controversial pesticides containing neonicotinoids where bees are present.
A holistic suite of environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques produce higher, healthier yields of onions in India, while still successfully combating pests and diseases, according to new research published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.
Have you thanked a bee lately? Roughly one out of every three or four bites we take is due to the busy little bees that pollinate our fruits and vegetables. Without bees, our food would cost more. Some might not be readily available at all. So our health is linked to the bees' health.
A rash shaped like a bull's-eye, flu-like symptoms and Bell's palsy facial paralysis are some of the telltale signs of Lyme disease, and doctors across the region have been seeing more cases than usual this summer.
Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix -- an insect pest -- and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, according to an international team of researchers. These findings have implications for both pest control and how climate change may alter infestations.
The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes will be the focus of the Yard and Garden area at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15. The demonstration plots there are now four years old, according to Molly Sturniolo, coordinator of Penn State Extension’s Master Gardeners program in Centre County.
Local farmers say they’re happy that stink bugs – the smelly brown insect that feeds on crops – seem to be waning, although they don’t quite know why. The mystery of the vanishing stink bugs is puzzling entomologists, too.
A few degrees north of the equator, in the hot, humid rainforests of Ghana, two groups of farmers are vying for dominance over the world’s most productive chocolate-growing region. The trouble is, these competitors aren’t humans. They’re ants.
A series of informative, authoritative presentations about agricultural topics will be offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building theater during the 2013 edition of Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.