As a Pennsylvania grower of fresh vegetables and fruits, you have worked hard to learn about and adopt GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) on your farm and in your packing house. Now that we are moving into peak marketing season, remember those farm food safety concepts when selling your produce at farm and farmers markets. Food safety practices that extend from farm to fork can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
Update on the current status of spotted wing drosophila, a species of fruit fly, that is problematic because the tiny larvae of this pest can be present in the fruit when it is harvested.
Update on the strawberry virus situation in Pennsylvania.
Knowledge of active pest outbreaks, insect trap counts and disease forecasts are important for making in-season disease management decisions corn earworm and European corn borer as well as cucurbit downy mildew and tomato/potato early and late blight.
Proactively deciding on a fungicide management program prior to downy mildew developing in the field is critical for successful disease management!
If you have a short window in your rotation, consider adding a summer cover crop.
Aside from honeybees, some native bees may be lending their pollination services to your blueberry bushes.
Have you ever looked for training materials to build the knowledge and confidence of your farm market personnel? Penn State Extension now offers on-line training for farm professionals that handle, process, or merchandise fresh market produce.
A Web-based Penn State Extension course designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers gain the knowledge they need to be successful has been recognized for online excellence.
May is a good month for treating perennial colonies of Canada thistle using clopyralid.
What is the situation with strawberry viruses in Pennsylvania? Read-on to learn more.
Ever wonder where to find additional information on highbush blueberry production? This articles provides a list and description of select available hardcopy and web-based resources.
An entomopathogenic fungus formulated for managing a variety of insects in agricultural systems organically.
Do you grow garlic? This pest is something to be aware of. Like so many problems the best cure is prevention. This is one to keep off the farm! A summary of a presentation by Dr. George Abawi, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University.
Peas are a powerhouse vegetable crop. Including peas in a diversified vegetable cropping plan can improve your early market mix, help your soil quality, and put a smile on your customers' faces.
Thinking about growing a few perennials in containers to sell? Before you get started, there are important things to think about.
This is an excellent resource for any grower interested in learning more about how selected organic materials such as spinosad and Streptomyces lydicus work against pests and there efficacy based on published university trials.
A supplemental label was approved reducing the PHI from 7 to 0 days on fruiting vegetables.
New contact insecticide (IRAC Group 28 + 16) is now available to help manage Lepidopteran insects like the Yellowstriped armyworms which was problematic in 2012.
A Special Local Needs ((Section 24(c)) label for was approved for use of Gowan Malathion 8 Flowable on blueberries for spotted wing drosophila control.