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.
There are an increasing number of reports of powdery mildew on a wide range of cucurbit crops across Pennsylvania.
Reports of downy mildew on cucumber continue to increase and now include Lancaster, Chester and Delaware Counties in PA as well as new reports on cucumber in NJ, NY, MI and Ontario, Canada. Earlier this week was the first report on cantaloupe in northeastern OH in Medina County. Disease spread is most likely in the northeastern and southeastern portions of PA in the upcoming days.
A growing percentage of consumers are very interested in understanding how and where food comes from. This trend is a cue to farm and other agricultural producers to prepare to answer questions from customer about production practices.
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed and are now referred to as Safety Data Sheets (SDS). According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Hazard Communication Standard requires the new format starting on June 1, 2016. One of the primary reasons for the change is that OSHA requires all SDSs to use a standard format.
Join Penn State Extension for a special 20th Anniversary Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York on September 13 and 14, 2016. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. The 2016 event will include behind the scenes tours and information directly from farm market owners including unique display and merchandising ideas and information on market expansion and farm transition.
These reports of downy mildew are not surprising given the confirmed reports on cucumber in many of the surrounding states including multiple counties just south east of these reports in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. The infections likely occurred last week when the conditions were more favorable and symptoms are just now becoming visible. It is important to be scouting your cucumber fields frequently for symptoms.