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.
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.
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.