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Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette

Penn State Extension newsletter for vegetable and small fruit producers.

July 24, 2017

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In This Issue

  1. Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year
  2. Two Vegetable and Fruit Field Days Scheduled for July
  3. Vegetable Disease Updates for June 30, 2017
  4. PestWatch Report June 28, 2017
  5. On the Road—Potato Planting at Huntsinger Farm Inc.

Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak1. Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year

Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. [more]


2. Two Vegetable and Fruit Field Days Scheduled for July

Both Field Days are a joint effort between the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and Penn State Extension and Penn State researchers. Registration is through the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association. [more]


Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 30 June 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).3. Vegetable Disease Updates for June 30, 2017

Be on the lookout for downy mildew on cucumber and cantaloupe. Diseases such as Phytophthora blight, blackleg on potato and bacterial diseases that spread in some of the recent rain events that moved across the Pennsylvania as well as timber rot in high tunnel tomatoes. [more]


Corn Earworm is present in most sites, and above spray thresholds for silking corn in Blair and Washington County. Photo: S. Fleischer, Penn State4. PestWatch Report June 28, 2017

Corn earworm (CEW) is exceeding thresholds throughout the state and European corn borer (ECB) in Bradford County to the northeast. Silking corn will be very attractive to early-season moths. [more]


5. On the Road—Potato Planting at Huntsinger Farm Inc.

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing. [more]


The Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette is Penn State's monthly newsletter for commercial vegetable and small fruit growers.

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