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Commerical Vegetable Production Resources for this Season

Posted: June 15, 2015

Check out these resources to help you stay ahead vegetable pests and diseases this season!

The 1-800-PENN-IPM Hotline is open for business

Through Pennsylvania’s IPM program, a toll-free hotline (1-800-PENN-IPM) is available for growers in Pennsylvania to receive the latest updates regarding sweet corn pest trap counts from Dr. Shelby Fleischer, Penn State Vegetable Extension Entomologist as well as disease outbreak and management recommendations for tomatoes and cucurbits from Dr. Beth Gugino, Penn State Vegetable Extension Plant Pathologist. Updates are typically made weekly throughout the growing season.

Update on Vegetable production guides

Both the 2015 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations and Fungicide Resistance Management Guides have been updated. The Production Recommendations provides information based on multistage research results and extension programs as well as the knowledge and experience of growers, county extension educators, and industry personnel. It is intended to help commercial vegetable growers make informed managerial decisions. The Fungicide Resistance Management Guide should be used as a supplement to the 2015 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide for Pennsylvania to help growers make decisions on the selection of in-season vegetable disease management products and manage for the development of fungicide resistance through selection and rotation of products in different FRAC groupings. The guide is composed of a series of tables organized by crop group and contains a list of recommended products for select diseases along with the fungicide resistance action committee code information.

Information Centers are now located at seven (7) produce auctions across Pennsylvania

With funding through the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Plant Health Resource Center, a joint effort between the College and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, eight information centers have been established at produce auctions in Berks, Blair, Clinton, Cumberland, Juniata, Lawrence, and Union Counties. The information centers are updated regularly by Penn State Extension Educators with information about pest and disease outbreaks and management recommendations, pheromone trap counts, as well as information about food safety and invasive pest outbreaks such as the spotted lantern fly. In addition to posted information, there are also a variety of hardcopy resources available for distribution. Learn more about the Resource Centers joint partnership between Penn State and PDA.

Contact Information

Beth K. Gugino
  • Associate Professor Vegetable Pathology
Phone: 814-865-7328