A national working group of horticultural industry and government representatives is being set up to develop a plan for combating two new Asian invasive insects – the brown marmorated stink bug and the spotted wing drosophila.
"Plants smell," says botanist David Chamovitz. Yes, they give off odors, but that's not what Chamovitz means. He means plants can smell other plants.
Bees and other insects that pollinate plants in the United States have suffered in recent decades from mites, pesticides, pathogens, land development and habitat fragmentation.
Green Industry professionals often find themselves in the field needing immediate access to pest and plant disease information and plant care recommendations. Thanks to a collaborative effort of horticulturists, entomologists and plant pathologists at seven land-grant universities, now there's an app for that.
Snow had fallen by Halloween; in effect, spring arrived by Christmas, and the blossoms were popping by Easter. And despite the atmosphere’s recent flirtations with quasi-normality, the seasonal fast-forwarding trend has continued briskly in the Philadelphia region’s farms and fields, where veteran observers report that the annual bounty of summer fruits and vegetables is a full week to two weeks ahead of schedule.
Berks County 4-H members specializing in working with sheep visited the farm of George and Beth Vamvakias in Boyertown, Pa., on May 8 for a hands-on weed identification exercise.
Home gardeners often find grassy weeds growing in their lawns. These grasses do not match the rest of the lawn grass and make the lawn look patchy. So, what should you do if you find a grassy weed invading your lawn?
Some mosquitoes trapped near Middletown’s waste water treatment plant were infected with the West Nile Virus, Dauphin County officials said.
A resurgence in the tick population in Pennsylvania is resulting in a large number of tick bites and an increase in Lyme disease cases.
A new Penn State research project will allow growers to improve their pest control and increase grain crop production while reducing pesticide use.
To the naked eye, you would think nothing was out of the ordinary in Elam Beiler’s orchard. But look closer and you’ll see a tree that has been stripped of any life, withering, with no leaves and seemingly no hope.
A series of April frosts and freezes means consumers will find fewer Pennsylvania apples and peaches this summer, and grapes and cherries from the Lake Erie region could be scarce.
A Penn State researcher has been chosen to receive a grant through the Grand Challenges Explorations program, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. David Hughes, assistant professor of entomology and biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Taking Out the Bodyguards: A Novel Solution to Ag Disease."
Grower Chester Sceiford estimates that this spring he's lost 80 to 90 percent of his cherry crop plus the grapes in low-lying areas of his vineyard. He considers himself fortunate. "There are vineyards that were totally frozen," said Sceiford, of Sceiford Quality Fruit of North East Township.
Orchard crops such as fruits and nuts are being heavily impacted by honey bee shortages for pollination, so growers are relying more and more on wild bees and other native pollinators to ensure an abundant harvest.
Mention barcodes and it often brings to mind the sales tags and scanners found in supermarkets and other stores. But Agricultural Research Service scientists are using “DNA barcodes” in their search for ways to control and monitor insects that pose the greatest threats to crops as diverse as wheat, barley, and potatoes.
A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University.
Rick Turcotte, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service, said the chemical used to protect Pennsylvania’s trees from the invasive and highly damaging emerald ash borer has a fitting name.
Herbicide-resistant superweeds threaten to overgrow U.S. fields, so agriculture companies have genetically engineered a new generation of plants to withstand heavy doses of multiple, extra-toxic weed-killing chemicals.
Mark Smallwood first learned about compost as a child while preparing a garden for growing onions. "My earliest memories are in the garden with my grandmother, making compost," said Smallwood, executive director for the Rodale Institute in Maxatawny Township.