In many growing regions in PA, cucurbits including pumpkin have been hit hard with bacterial diseases. Unfortunately, the symptoms are now being noticed on the fruit as growers begin harvesting for the fall season.
In Pennsylvania, NCLB is favored by cooler temperatures and longer dew periods therefore, this disease is more problematic in later season sweet corn plantings.
To date, downy mildew has only been confirmed on cucumber in PA. Since downy mildew does not affect the fruit, as fruit reaches maturity, the management of this disease can become less a priority.
This school covers everything you wanted to know about vinecrop production in one intensive day. Topics include: basics of production, variety performance, disease, insect, fertility, and weed management considerations for organic production, and marketing pointers.
This year in particular has been a tough year for blueberries. We've had some winter injury issues, but in addition to those, we are seeing nutritional problems that tend to recur on different farms in various years.
Although there are areas across the state where late blight hasn't been observed, it continues to spread within commercial fields and home gardens in 19 counties where it has been confirmed.
Downy mildew has been confirmed on field grown cucumbers in Centre Co. and in greenhouse cucumbers in York, Co.
Environmental conditions have been more favorable for Verticillium Wilt this year and as a result of the cooler wet soils, Verticillium has been diagnosed in multiple crops.
Are you interested in food safety certification for your farming operation? Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are partnering to provide mock audit workshops throughout our state. Mock Audits are a great introduction to food safety, and are also useful to those well acquainted with Good Agricultural Practices as well as other Food Safety Standards and who are looking forward to the next step.
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Centre Co. late last week. This is the first confirmed report in PA this season.
A number of different diseases including bacterial wilt and Fusarium wilt can cause cucurbits collapse in the field. Unfortunately, cucurbit yellow vine decline is another one to be concerned about.
Leaf mold is not just a high tunnel diseases, it can also be a problem in the field when conditions are favorable.
Corn earworm trap counts rising in 6 counties. Fall armyworm spiking in Erie.
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Take a look at this new video of some of the important pollinators of pumpkins.
Still no confirmed reports in Pennsylvania but pathogen inoculum is building in nearby states!
Late blight is continuing to spread in commercial tomato and potato fields and now has been confirmed on tomato in a home garden in Lehigh County. This is the first report from a home garden this season.
Pennsylvania Co-Operative Potato Growers, Inc., and the Lehigh Valley Potato Growers Association, in cooperation with Penn State Extension, invite you to a free twilight potato field meeting for potato growers. Location: Twin Maple Farms (Garry Hunsicker), 7486 School Road, Bath, PA 18014
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.
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.