Highlights of the New Worker Protection Standard
July 26, 2016
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the long awaited revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Although it is now technically active it will not be enforced until 2017 but the original WPS will still be enforced until the end of 2016. Please keep in mind that the WPS covers both restricted use AND general use pesticides. This article will deal with the highlights to the revision but also some areas of the current WPS that need emphasized.
20th Anniversary "Are You Crazy?" Retail Farm Market Bus Tour hits the road in September
July 25, 2016
Join Penn State Extension for a special 20th Anniversary Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York on September 13 and 14, 2016. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. The 2016 event will include behind the scenes tours and information directly from farm market owners including unique display and merchandising ideas and information on market expansion and farm transition.
Be on the Lookout: Downy Mildew Confirmed on Cucumber in Lancaster and Chester Counties, PA
July 20, 2016
These reports of downy mildew are not surprising given the confirmed reports on cucumber in many of the surrounding states including multiple counties just south east of these reports in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. The infections likely occurred last week when the conditions were more favorable and symptoms are just now becoming visible. It is important to be scouting your cucumber fields frequently for symptoms.
Additional Reports of Late Blight in Maryland
July 13, 2016
Although late blight has not been yet confirmed in Pennsylvania this season, this past week it was confirmed on tomato in four additional counties, in Garrett County, Maryland just south of Somerset County, PA as well as in southern MD and two counties on the Delmarva Peninsula.