Before the widespread use of plastic mulch, drip irrigation, high tunnels and greenhouse production, there seemed to be a clear line of demarcation between vegetables that could be transplanted, and those that had to be seeded directly into the field. Grower innovations have nearly erased that line.
The spring season has begun! This past week, April 11th to April 17th, we had more local damage reported. We expect populations to increase over the coming two weeks so control measures should be taken.
We are starting to see infestations of maggots in greenhouse transplants that look a lot like what we saw last year, which led to field infestations that probably started when growing the transplants. However, this year reports are coming in about 2 to 3 weeks earlier. Several species from the same genus (Delia) cause the damage.
The spring season has begun! This past week (April 3 to April 9) we had our first damage sighting. We've also had field collected pupa emerge over the weekend suggesting the beginning of adult activity.
Small fruit and vegetable growers understand the role that honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees play in pollination of crops.
Please help out spotted wing drosophila researchers by completing the following survey.
The allium leafminer, Phytomyza gymnostoma, is a fly that originates from Poland, Germany, Austria and Spain, and was confirmed in 18 counties in Pennsylvania last year.
Fluctuating temperatures can cause as much or more crop loss than cold winter temperatures or spring frosts.
The Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Guide is currently undergoing some much needed upgrading to improve both the editor and end-user experience.
Broad mites are being observed more frequently on a variety of vegetable crops in the field, high tunnel, and greenhouse.
People can reduce the populations of spotted lanternfly on their properties by killing the overwintering eggs.
An update to last Fall’s article on growing berries in grow bags is sorely needed, just to keep other people from repeating some of our less-than-enjoyable experiences.
With spring on the horizon, now is a good time to talk about plastic mulch and alternate options.
Most vegetable crops start their life as seeds.
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect that attacks grapes, apples, stone fruits, and pines, and threatens Pennsylvania and the United States.
Questionnaire will help Penn State Extension develop educational resources for businesses preparing for Food Safety Modernization Act.
At a recent study circle meeting held in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, vegetable growers shared their questions, thoughts and experiences about how to make the most efficient use of time, tools, labor and resources on the farm.
We collected data on performance of strawberry cultivars in the second harvest year of a plasticulture planting at the Penn State South East Ag Research and Extension Center in Manheim, PA.
Exclusion prevents the entrance of pest organisms into new rooms and their escape from older ones. The latter should not be underestimated.
Do you think older strawberry cultivars tasted better than the newer cultivars?