On the Road: Mothersbaugh Farm
July 22, 2014
Mothersbaugh Farm is a 4 acre farm in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania established in 1977.
High Tunnel Legal and Taxation Issues
July 21, 2014
Governor Tom Corbett recently signed two pieces of legislation regarding the taxation of High Tunnels in Pennsylvania. While this simplified the property tax issue, there remains substantial confusion among growers as to what is required in order to legally construct high tunnels in their local municipality. In addition, what constitutes a high tunnel, greenhouse and sales facility as they relate to other agricultural production facilities varies from township to township and borough to borough.
Cucurbit Downy Mildew Update: Not Yet Confirmed in PA
July 17, 2014
Although cucurbit downy mildew has not been confirmed in PA, it is still important to be scouting your fields!
Late Blight is Spreading Across Pennsylvania
July 17, 2014
The weather has been ideal for late blight resulting in an increased number of confirmed reports across Pennsylvania.
SWD is Present in PA… (SWD Update, July 10, 2014)
July 15, 2014
Spotted wing drosophila was found in very low numbers in traps in southeastern PA (3 males out of 40 traps using a new commercially-available SWD Lure – Trece, Inc). Two of the SWD were in an unharvested cherry block, and one was in a trap in black raspberries. No female SWD were found at these sites yet, but judging from our brief experience with this pest in PA, it won't be long. Growers of raspberries (both red and black), blackberries, and blueberries in particular should be monitoring for SWD (check traps daily if possible), and should be prepared with effective materials for control.