The Penn State Tree Fruit Pathology Program has established a Twitter account to be another tool for folks to receive updates, information, and interesting pictures. Please start following!
As folks are pruning their apple trees, the presence of the Nectria fungus is being reported. A weak fungus that attacks already compromised trees, growers are encouraged to prune out symptomatic tissue from trees to limit spread of the disease.
Hannah Burrack in the Department of Entomology at NC State has put together a survey to quantify spotted wing drosophila's impact on berry growers in the Eastern U.S. While Hannah coordinates the survey, she shares the information with others. In fact, you can see the last 2 years’ results when you visit the site with the survey hyperlink below.
Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or not?
The berry crops world lost a wonderful person in December 2014. Mary Catherine (Cathy) Heidenreich - May 30, 1958 – December 16, 2014.
Although the earth is warming, it is apparent from the past two winters that we will still experience periodic cold winter events. Most years some peach flower buds are damaged by winter cold or spring frost.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is upon us and as part of the new year we have updated our Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for 2015.
The winter of 2013/2014 was one of the most severe since 1994 and we can hope another 20 years or more pass before we must endure another of the same magnitude. The extent of damage and crop loss varied among regions, individual vineyard sites, wine grape varieties and the health of the vines going into the cold season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.