Resources available: 1-800 PENN IPM hotline for tree fruit disease and insect updates
Posted: June 23, 2014
Pennsylvania’s IPM Program has a hotline available for Christmas tree growers and agricultural crop producers from across the state. Tree fruit growers can find the latest information about insects and diseases, along with management informa¬tion, by dialing the Pennsylvania IPM Program’s 1-800 PENN IPM toll-free hotline.
Callers to the hotline can receive information such as recent pheromone trap capture counts for their region, up-to-date disease development information, as well as tips on pest management tactics from the Pennsylvania IPM Pro¬gram. Information on such crops as Christmas trees, sweet corn, soybeans, woody ornamentals to¬matoes and other vegetables are also in¬cluded on the hotline. Messages on the automated hotline are updated frequently during the growing season and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Practicing Fungicide Resistance Management
To assist growers to practice fungicide resistance management, Dr. Alan Biggs, the Extension Plant Pathologist at West Virginia University, has developed two great new resources this year. Each is a single page table depicting the fungicide resistance management guidelines for apple scab and powdery mildew, as well as brown rot and peach scab. Included in the table are the fungicide, active ingredient, FRAC code, risk rating, and general guidelines. To make life easier for folks to practice resistance management, as well as for durability, I handed out laminated copies of these fact sheets at the spring twilight meetings this year. If you didn’t get a laminated copy, have no fear – there are extras. If you are in the area, you are welcome to stop by the Fruit Research and Extension Center to pick up a copy. If you don’t live close, I will be happy to send one to you in the mail. Please email, phone, or fax me and be sure to include your name and address when inquiring (Fax: 717-677-4112).