Dr. Bill Lamont shares his thoughts on the potential for extracting energy from waste agricultural plastics. The large consumer plastic waste stream is a potentially untapped fuel source and one that a waste management company could build a pretty good positive public relations campaign around.
We have been evaluating 'Niwot' primocane-fruiting black raspberry in tunnels since 2013, and preliminary findings have been promising.
The North American Strawberry Symposium, a meeting that takes place once every four years, will be held along with the annual meeting of the North American Strawberry Growers Association from February 3 to 6, 2015 in Ventura, California.
Normally, we've been updating the Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide every 2 to 3 years, and this time around, it's going to be 3 years between updates.
Do you question your skills when discussing “hot” agricultural topics with others? Are your media statements Ag Literate? Lori Connelly, Penn State, and Dr. Richard Stup, AgChoice, address this topic on Monday January 26 from 1 to 4 pm at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance hosts this workshop for growers of specialty crops.
From retail to non-profit and public school to private foundation, the Southeast Region’s new Tree Fruit and Green Industry Extension Educator brings a variety of experiences to her extension position.
Penn State Extension has planned nine winter educational meetings for growers in the various fruit growing regions of Pennsylvania. The meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information.
The Penn State Pesticide Education team in partnership with the Extension Horticulture Team is offering a series of short courses for a New Generation of Horticulturists. Concurrent sessions for English and Spanish speaking orchard employees will be offered during the three-hour program and a Certificate of Participation will be awarded.
One of the last tasks in getting orchards ready for winter is planning your strategy to control voles and prevent their damage. Word around the state is that vole populations were up last year, and growers should be on the alert again this season. Vole populations exhibit distinctive population fluctuations of approximately 4-year cycles.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team, in cooperation with growers and other extension educators from the Mid-Atlantic region, have put together 3 days of cutting-edge educational sessions to help producers prepare for a successful 2015 growing season.
Penn State Extension is looking for host sites for demonstrating best management practices and helping beginning farmers succeed. Be a ‘Model for the Future’!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 18 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2015 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it.
Another pest that has flared due to BMSB sprays has been San Jose Scale (SJS). SJS is a relatively easy pest to control with many different control options added in the last 10 years. Paradoxically, it is a pest that is better prevented than cured.
Pennsylvania is fortunate to have large amounts of water to support agriculture but farmers also use irrigation. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, since 2007 irrigation use has expanded in the state to over 4500 farms and about 39,000 irrigated acres.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there's a flat surface -- meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly.
On November 3, 2014 the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of a new invasive insect species, spotted lanternfly, Lycorna delicatula (White) (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae). This new species of fulgorid hopper (i.e., planthoppers), also known under the name of spot clothing wax cicada, is native to China and South-East Asia where it has one generation per season. Both nymphs and adults are known to feed on wood (sap feeding) of multiple tree species including fruit trees and grapes. Areas in Berks County, PA are currently under quarantine regulations to stop the spread of this new invasive insect pest.
To reduce apple scab risk for next season, growers are encouraged to spray a fall application of urea as close to leaf drop as possible. Prune out fire blight strikes now while they are still visible on the tree to prevent cankers from overwintering. For those battling bacterial canker, copper applications are recommended since autumn is an optimal time for high bacterial populations. Additional disease management strategies are also discussed.
The key to preventing seeds from rubbing off strawberries is to control powdery mildew before plants become heavily infected.