Bacterial Spot of Tomato: Biology and Management
January 30, 2015
Bacterial spot is becoming an increasingly devastating disease of tomato in the mid-Atlantic region. Not only can the pathogen directly damage the fruit, severe foliar infection can lead to defoliation reducing both the quality and quantity of marketable fruit. This may be due in part to the increasing frequency of severe weather events that favor disease development as well as shorter rotations between tomatoes due to the economic value of the crop.
Health Effects of Pesticides: Get the Facts
January 21, 2015
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.
Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Impact Assessment for 2014
January 16, 2015
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.
Tribute to Cathy Heidenreich, Co-Editor of Cornell/Penn State "That's a Berry Good Question"
January 16, 2015
The berry crops world lost a wonderful person in December 2014.
Mary Catherine (Cathy) Heidenreich - May 30, 1958 – December 16, 2014.
2014 Broccoli Variety Trial Results
December 12, 2014
In the 2014 growing season we evaluated 25 broccoli cultivars in a spring and fall crop in three locations to determine which are best suited for Pennsylvania.