Some blackberry growers, mainly in the southeastern part of the state, have noticed fruit quality problems. This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues.
Spotted wing drosophila numbers are continuing to rise, and SWD is now being found in most berry plantings in the central and southeastern parts of the state.
Work in the Cornell tomato breeding program resulted in the release of the new fresh market tomato hybrid "Iron Lady", which is sold by High Mowing Organic Seeds starting with the 2013 season. Researchers would like feedback.
Late blight is now confirmed on tomato in Lancaster, Chester, Indiana and Somerset Counties and is suspected in several others.
This past week downy mildew continued to be confirmed in cucumber fields in several counties in the southeast region of PA.
In PA, confirmed reports continue to remain centralized in Lancaster Co.
As we get later into the season, early blight becomes an increasing concern in tomato and potatoes.
Corn earworms counts decreased, but second generation of european corn borer appears in spots
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is now being found more frequently in traps across the state, though numbers are still very low (0-3 per trap per week).
This is the first confirmed report of late blight in Pennsylvania in 2013.
Downy mildew was confirmed in a home garden in Bucks Co. and has been reported in a commercial cucumber field in Lancaster Co. PA.
This past week late blight was reported on tomato and most recently potato in New Jersey. Still no confirmed reports of late blight in Pennsylvania.
All sixteen locations for which the Tom-Cast disease forecasting model for early blight are being run have now exceeded the 35 DSVs needed to trigger the first fungicide application on both tomatoes and potatoes.
As of July 9, corn earworm flights picked up in multiple parts of the state.
This article talks about maintaining your drip irrigation system to prevent clogging of emitters and system components.
As of July 2, 2013, corn earworm counts are low. But European corn borer counts rose in 6 counties: Bradford, Montgomery, Centre, Lackawanna, Luzern, and Montour counties have counts above threshold for corn borer. Wide spray intervals should be sufficient, or no spray in some areas.
Many locations across PA have reached the threshold to start a fungicide spray program for early blight.
Last week late blight was confirmed in a commercial tomato field in Mercer Co., NJ which is adjacent to Bucks Co., PA.
With the recent heavy rains across the state, there are an increasing number of reports of Phytophthora blight on peppers and cucurbits.