Thanks to receiving funding from the NE-IPM Center, we were able to complete a set of four full-color factsheets on spotted wing drosophila, and they are now available on-line. These fact sheets were written with northeastern U.S. growers of the most susceptible crops (raspberries, blackberries, day-neutral strawberries, and cherries) in mind.
Potato leafhoppers cause varying levels of damage to small fruit crops in different years, and this year we are seeing a fair amount of leafhopper damage to both strawberries and raspberries. In many cases where leafhopper feeding injury is severe, dry conditions cause plant growth to slow down, and damage from the leafhoppers then accrues and symptoms become more severe.
When enjoying ice cream made with tree-ripened peaches at a roadside farm market it’s easy to appreciate the local flavor of a community. However, what may not be realized are the unique partnerships and business savvy it took to get that food from the field to delicious first bite.
Nutritional analysis of fruit trees should be an ongoing practice in your orchards. Unlike agronomic crops the trees in your orchard are capable of absorbing mineral nutrients the entire year as long as soil temperatures are adequate. Scientists have determined there are 16+ essential mineral elements needed for tree fruit growth. The amount varies by element. In most cases our soils are adequately supplied with these elements. However there are five elements in orchards that should be monitored with more scrutiny because shortages can develop. These minerals are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and boron.
Focusing on online reviews, this article provides data not only about who is reading online reviews, but also how they are responding to other's reviews. This is important because people are likely talking about your business and products on Yelp.com or on social media sites.
Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting three Mock Farm Food Safety Audits. These events, to be held on working farms, are designed to help small scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.
Focusing on traditional advertising, this article provides results regarding our respondents' views of print advertisements or broadcast ads, including television and radio, as being a good fit for direct marketers.
Continuing our discussion about online and social media tools, this article presents responses pertaining to social media and web-based tools that might be good fits for direct marketers.
If you are a food retailer, have you ever wondered if Facebook is a good fit for your business? In this installment, we will provide responses to survey questions designed to explore this question for several different types of food retailers.
As in 2011, the insecticide active ingredient dinotefuran received a special Section 18 Emergency Exemption Registration from the US Environmental Protection Agency to help control brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Pennsylvania on both pome and stone fruit.
Many orchard soils are getting dry. Keep your irrigation on this week. It is essential with trickle irrigation not to lose your subsoil moisture and replace what the trees are using on a weekly basis. Beginning this weekend the forecast is for extreme temperatures for 5+ days in the 90s. Make sure to get your cover sprays (for BMSB) and Ethephon for return bloom on before then.
With weak growing cultivars such as Honeycrisp, the lack of sufficient leader growth to reach the top of the trellis (10 ft) by the end of the 3rd year is a serious problem that limits yield in future years. Honeycrisp can be a difficult tree to achieve sufficient leader growth when grown on M.9 or B.9 rootstocks. With more vigorous cultivars such as Gala, Fuji or McIntosh, reaching the top of the trellis by the end of the 3rd season is usually not a problem. However, with weak growing cultivars, growers need to intensively manage the trees in the first 3 years to achieve the desired growth.
In an effort to provide stakeholders with information they can use to develop or enhance their social media presence, today we are sharing results pertaining to how our Internet survey participants connect with fruit or vegetable businesses.
June 25, 2012. Brown rot is a major disease of stone fruits and warm, humid weather favors brown rot infection. Two species of fungi are responsible for brown rots: Monilinia fructicola and Monilinia laxa which can infect blossoms and cause brown rot on fruit. M. fructicola is the specie that is known and widespread in Pennsylvania orchards. M. laxa is suspected of causing blossom blight early in the season but has not yet been identified in PA orchards.
You may be getting tired of hearing about Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), but adults are being found in traps in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania and eastern Maryland, and its larvae have been found in summer raspberry fruit in Maryland (along with lots of other kinds of larvae in all sorts of berries).
Insect pests to be monitoring at this time include second generation leafrollers, green/spirea aphids, leafhoppers, leafminers, Japanese beetles, wooly apple aphids, mites, apple maggots and brown marmorated stink bugs.
A business has many Internet-based tools to choose from when connecting with customers. These include websites, email, and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. In today's article you will learn what online or Internet tools survey respondents expect businesses to use.
2012 Apple Scab Infection Periods April 16 to June 10 and forecast/infection prediction through June 17* from Penn State Fruit and Research Extension Center in Biglerville, PA.
Continuing with disseminating results from Internet survey, in today's article we provide a better understanding of how people are finding food retailers' social networks.
In today’s installment, we provide a more detailed view of the types of information that consumers expect to obtain from a food business. We also look at a few differences in expectations across demographic groups.