Tomato harvest was in full swing during a recent visit to Earl Lake's Farm.
Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates.
In some areas of Pennsylvania we are expected to see the remnants of tropical storm Hermine which could deliver some very heavy rains in the next several days. Heavy rainfall may spark an outbreak of Phytophthora Crown and Fruit Rot in some of the poorer draining fields in the state.
Thanks to receiving a multi-state Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant, research and extension activities related to high and low tunnel berry production are taking a significant step forward.
Presumably due to the state receiving some much-needed rain and temperatures cooling off a bit, spotted wing drosophila numbers took a significant jump over the last couple of weeks.
Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor changed two posters that employers are required to post in the workplace.
Downy mildew continues to be reported primarily on cucumber and to a lesser extent on cantaloupe across the region.
This week there was a new report of late blight on tomato in Montgomery Co., VA near Blacksburg.
New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. Of the 95 acres, 30-45 are in vegetable production. Jim Crawford has been farming here for 40 years and farmed in another location for the five years before that. His farming career sprung out of being a serious gardener. We had the opportunity to spend a morning with Jim and senior apprentice Jennifer Glenister.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014.
The Rural Economic Development Clinic at Penn State Law is now accepting clients for the fall semester. The clinic provides food and agriculture businesses with free legal services on a variety of legal issues.
A three-part video series on best practices for post-harvest washing of fresh produce, including proper use of sanitizers in wash water, is now available on the Penn State Extension site.
With the persistent warm temperatures and some much needed rains falling across Pennsylvania, it is important to continue scouting for blackleg-like symptoms. So farm this season Dickeya dianthicola has been confirmed on potato in 11 states in DE, FL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, VA and WV from seed lots originating out of Maine as well as New Brunswick, Canada.
Reports of downy mildew on cucumber continue to increase especially in the previously reported counties of Lancaster and Chester and now also in Erie and Centre Counties, PA.
As our drought continues expect to see an increase in Blossom End Rot (BER) on peppers, tomatoes, squash, watermelon, and cantaloupes.
On July 20, 2016 we visited with Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg and Gabby Bedeian at Plowshare Produce, a certified organic farm located in McAlevys Fort in Huntingdon County. Micah and Bethany rent the 2.5 acres they farm from Bethany’s parents who own 50-60 acres.
Grassy weeds often infest fields. Management practices for grassy weeds vary depending on which grassy weed you are trying to control.
It’s official—we have our first SWD capture at the Horticulture Research Farm at Rock Springs.
Broad mites have potential to be a problem on blackberries once again this year, with damage already being noted in some other states. Generally symptoms show up on just a few plants first, so it is important to recognize them before the problem becomes widespread.
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.