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Timely Vegetable Pest Alert Information for Pennsylvania Growers

Posted: June 3, 2013

Knowledge of active pest outbreaks, insect trap counts and disease forecasts are important for making in-season disease management decisions corn earworm and European corn borer as well as cucurbit downy mildew and tomato/potato early and late blight.

For the 2013 season, pest alert information can be accessed in several ways:

Via telephone. Three minute voice messages can be accessed via the 1-800-PENN-IPM hotline. Sweet corn trap count information will be summarized by Shelby Fleischer, Vegetable Extension Entomologist and information on late blight on tomatoes and potatoes as well as cucurbit downy mildew will be summarized weekly by Beth Gugino, Vegetable Extension Plant Pathologist. These messages will be updated weekly. A touch-tone phone is required.

Via web. Pest alert updates will be posted weekly (or more frequently as necessary) on the homepage of the Vegetable, Small Fruit, and Mushroom Production webpage. Bookmark this site and check back often for the most up-to-date information. Links to important pest forecasting and monitoring websites (Pest Watch, CDM ipmPIPE, PA-PIPE, etc.) will soon be able to be accessed through our website by clicking on “Pest Forecasting Resources” in the left-hand navigation column of the homepage. Many of these sites also offer options to sign-up for site-specific email and text alerts messages.

Via email/ regular mail/fax. In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program (PVMRP) and PA Vegetable Growers Association, pest alert information will also be distributed via the PA Vegetable IPM Weekly Update. Growers participating in the assessment program (http://paveggies.org) can sign up to receive this update by email or fax (preferred) or by regular mail by contacting William Troxell, Executive Secretary at 717-694-3596 or email at pvmrp@embarqmail.com. Where possible, this update will also be posted at local produce auctions in collaboration with the auction manager.

The Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette will continue to be published and distributed monthly.