Leaf miners seem to be especially noticeable this spring in both conventional and organic fields. If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips.
Celery leaf curl is a relatively new disease of celery in Pennsylvania and the U.S. In an effort to learn more about the disease, we are interested in collecting as many samples as possible in 2015.
One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. Bacterial speck, spot and canker have become regular challenges for Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic tomato growers. In spite of these challenges, it is possible to grow profitable tomato crops in this region.
These maggots attack seeds and small seedlings. While cabbage maggot and onion maggot attack only the seeds and seedlings of their namesakes, seed corn maggot will attack many plant species. Peak flight for the first generation of seed corn maggot was May 2nd in SE PA. Maggots have been confirmed in three fields in Adams, Lehigh and Lancaster Counties. Cabbage maggot is at 25% emergence and onion maggot is not out yet.
Penn State Extension’s Black Cutworm Monitoring Network has now detected six significant flights of this migratory pest species across the state. Black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch your fields as the spring progresses.
Project addresses barriers to using biodegradable plastic mulches.
Dr. Cassandra Swett started at University of Maryland, College Park as the new grape and small fruit pathologist in May 2014, with a split research and extension appointment. Her primary functions are to develop basic and applied information that improves management of grape and small fruit diseases, provide a resource to extension specialists and educators, and communicate information on disease management to producers.
Real time disease updates are now available for berry growers. "Follow" on line or via your smart phone!
The strawberry bloom has begun and it’s time for fruit rot protection. Our two main targets for bloom time protection of strawberries are gray mold/ Botrytis fruit rot (Botrytis cinerea), and, if you are growing susceptible varieties like Chandler, anthracnose fruit rot (Colletotrichum acutatum).
Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. This long term decline was punctuated by recent average losses of 30% per winter since 2006. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining.
Recognize the risks associated with animals and animal manure and learn tips on how to reduce farm food safety risks.
The controlled environment and season extension characteristics of high tunnels open up opportunities for growers
This article is the second in our series, ‘Who are the High Tunnel Growers in Philadelphia’ where we focus on Guild House West. They are an apartment complete for low-income seniors in North Philadelphia, and are providing innovative solutions for community building, site management and hyper-local nutritious produce.
You are invited to participate in a survey as part of an effort by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to gather information on the state of sustainable agriculture practices in Pennsylvania.
Tomatoes can be a very challenging to grow commercially. Managing nutrients, diseases, and insect pests all contribute to this annual test of our spirits. If it was not for the high potential for profits few would grow tomatoes.
Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. As land managers, if we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations.
Backpack sprayers are very useful tools for crop farmers to have on hand. Whether your farm is large or small, newly established or centuries old, certified organic or conventional, there is a spot for a backpack sprayer or two on your farm. However, to make the most of a backpack sprayer, we recommend that you make some upgrades to the sprayer wand assembly and of course, keep your sprayer calibrated.
FARMDATA is a smartphone enabled internet-based record keeping system designed and field tested by produce farmers. Focus areas include field and greenhouse plantings, harvest, pack, inventory, distribution, e-invoicing, labor tracking, fertilizers, compost, cover crops, tillage, irrigation, scouting, spraying, and seed orders. The goals of FARMDATA are to replace clipboards and paper records across the produce farm, from the field to the packing house and beyond. More importantly, FARMDATA is designed to save growers valuable time both during the busy growing season and in the winter when planning for the coming year.
Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.
During the next few months we will run a series of stories showcasing some of the wonderful individuals and organizations who participate in urban agriculture in Philadelphia. This first article provides an overview, context, and some background information on how these urban farms have gotten started growing food in the heart of Philadelphia.