Pennsylvania Co-Operative Potato Growers, Inc., and the Lehigh Valley Potato Growers Association, in cooperation with Penn State Extension, invite you to a twilight potato field meeting for potato growers.
As the summer temperatures continue to climb, it is extremely important that employers and workers become familiar with the signs, symptoms, and dangers of heat illness. By taking the proper precautions, serious injury or death can be easily prevented.
Come on out for an opportunity to discuss profits, pricing, and appropriate signage.
Honey bees are important pollinators. They are also considered “managed” pollinators, because people manage honey bee colonies. However, unmanaged bees, comprised of various species that exist as wild populations, also play key roles in providing pollination of cucurbit crops. The degree to which different species of bees provide pollination services varies among cucurbit crops. It also changes as the season changes, and can even vary at different times of the day.
We are seeing a surprising and somewhat widespread increase in fall armyworm. We also are seeing the beginning of a 2nd generation of corn borer. Southwestern sites are continuing to have earworm counts above threshold. Check fields for signs of fall armyworm feeding.
Water can move a pathogen from one piece of produce to a large volume of product. Keep these tips in mind to keep your produce safe.
SWD numbers are up in most PA and MD locations, except for in fall raspberries which are still largely unripe.
A number of calls have come in this year regarding blueberry plants with few leaves – though some canes often appeared nearly normal – and berries on the same plant that ranged in size from normal to very tiny.
High quality soil is the basis of health crop production. Learn from farmer Sara Runkel, Great Bend Farm and Tianna DuPont, Penn State Extension how to assess soil quality on your farm and strategies to improve it.
Are you interested in growing nuts? Have you ever considered planting a nut orchard? Please join Penn State Extension on September 9, 2014 from 3pm – 6pm for Introduction to Growing Nuts workshop at Edge of the Woods Nursery in Orefield, PA. This workshop introduces farmers and homesteaders to growing nuts native to Pennsylvania. From butternuts to heartnuts, and black walnuts to pecans, we will discuss how to plant and nurture a nut orchard.
Interview with Beth Gugino, Vegetable Pathologist on managing Bacterial Canker in Tomato.
Late blight has now been confirmed in 10 counties on tomato and/or potato and is continuing to spread quickly.
Cucurbit downy mildew has not been confirmed yet in PA but was just confirmed on cucumber in Salem Co. in southern New Jersey yesterday.
Reduced air circulation and high relative humidity means an increased likelihood of seeing leaf mold in high tunnels.
Now this the time of year that we start seeing powdery mildew on cucurbits. Now is the time to be scouting your crops!
Mothersbaugh Farm is a 4 acre farm in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania established in 1977.
Governor Tom Corbett recently signed two pieces of legislation regarding the taxation of High Tunnels in Pennsylvania. While this simplified the property tax issue, there remains substantial confusion among growers as to what is required in order to legally construct high tunnels in their local municipality. In addition, what constitutes a high tunnel, greenhouse and sales facility as they relate to other agricultural production facilities varies from township to township and borough to borough.
Although cucurbit downy mildew has not been confirmed in PA, it is still important to be scouting your fields!
The weather has been ideal for late blight resulting in an increased number of confirmed reports across Pennsylvania.
Can our local farms meet the growing demand for local food? In the Lehigh Valley, institutional sales to five hospitals and colleges surveyed alone could result in more than three million dollars of additional revenue for local farmers. Join us for a discussion of how farmers can meet the additional production, food safety and post-harvest handling demands of scaling up to add wholesale and institutional sales to their market mix.