Spring has finally sprung and warm weather appears to be a more permanent fixture after a long, hard winter. Leaf buds are starting to swell but there is still time to observe winter ornamental characteristics of some plants before the emerging foliage hides those features.
Extension educators get lots of questions about Japanese stiltgrass in lawns and landscapes. The University of Maryland's TPM/IPM Weekly Report April 10, 2015 issue has a good article about Japanese stiltgrass.
It is typical at this time of year to be attending to crops of geraniums in the greenhouse, by which I mean Pelargoniums. Yet there is an ever-increasing array of excellent hardy Geranium species and cultivars that are strong performers in most of Pennsylvania.
Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis) is a summer annual monocot, though it is not a grass. It is a non-native species that has become a weed issue in the eastern United States.
Magnolias are beloved harbingers of spring, with many blooming early, before they leaf out. That is an asset and a liability, given that the early bloomers are often spoiled by frost.
Fire blight is a disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. This bacterium can attack more than 75 species of trees and shrubs in the rose family of plants including apple, pear, quince, mountain ash, crabapple, hawthorn, cotoneaster, serviceberry, and pyracantha.
Since spotted lanternfly is known to be established in only a few properties in Eastern Berks County, and has the potential to severely impact a number of agricultural commodities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture is attempting to eradicate this new pest to North America.
Harrisburg, Pa. — Twenty-one Pennsylvania projects will protect the state’s agriculture industry against pest and disease as a result of nearly $2.8 million in funding through the 2014 Farm Bill.
In America we have never observed spotted lanternfly nymphs, so we don’t know first-hand about their habits or schedules. What we know is gleaned from research papers written by Asian scientists in the areas where spotted lanterfly is native.
The process can be intimidating, but don’t let that stop you! Here’s a quick breakdown of the steps needed to become a certified commercial or public applicator.
This year a number of very good plants are out in the marketplace. Does that mean they are good new varieties? Well according to Stephanie Cohen, “just because it’s new does not mean it’s good, it just means it’s new”.
Pesticide safety cannot be overstated! This 2013 article on getting the math right when calibrating a sprayer, bears repeating.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- A novel approach to harness bacteria that could diminish nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture has the potential to support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, where water quality improvements have been elusive, research suggests.
Pennsylvania smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) is a summer annual that reproduces by seeds, which germinate in the spring.
At the recent Estimating and Bidding classes we had two days of interesting discussion about many aspects of the cost of doing business. One aspect that business owners often don't understand is overhead.
The winter weather is starting to weigh upon me. In fact, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this month which tells us that we are in for six more weeks of winter.
Parrotia persica, also known as Persian ironwood, is native to a relatively small region of northern Iran and Azerbaijan, near the southern edge of the Caspian Sea.
Calibrachoa is closely related to the petunia and was first introduced to Europe in the early 19th century about the same time as the petunia.
Carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata) is a low-growing, multi-shoot annual that grows into a circular mat.
People want to know how pesticide use could affect them. Residents who live near your fields, people who buy your produce, employees of your farm, members of your family and even you may be interested in information about the potential health effects of the pesticides you use. If you give people off-the-cuff answers that are meant to be reassuring, but not based on science, you may prompt them to be less careful than they should be. Conversely, some responses may prompt people to act out of fear instead of truly understanding risks.