The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season into the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
Last week I attended the organic vegetable twilight meeting at the Long Island Research Center for Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Meg McGrath is a key researcher for organic plant disease management in the Northeast and I wanted to see the sites “in vivo.”
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA -- Honeybees exposed to agrochemicals used on farms may develop learning impairments that prevent them from being able to forage or even find their way back to the hive, say researchers at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Blossom end rot (BER) is showing up again this year in peppers and tomatoes.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has recently published a final rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, effective August 3, 2012.
The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) has developed the Organic Seed Finder, a Web-based database to link growers seeking organic seed with suppliers.
Placing problem potatoes into storage can't make them better, but properly managed storage can help maintain quality and minimize deterioration of good quality potatoes.
With the favorable cucurbit downy mildew weather over the past few weeks, downy mildew is being reported on many different types of cucurbits not just cucumbers and cantaloupes!
Heavy rains have lead to an increase in the number of reports of Phytophthora blight in cucurbit and pepper fields in Pennsylvania.
With the cooler night temperatures, extended dew periods and recent rains moving across Pennsylvania, late blight is continuing to spread both in commercial fields as well as home gardens.
In the past several weeks Fusarium fruit rot has been confirmed in several commercial muskmelon fields in Pennsylvania.
It’s been a tough year for a lot of growers. It started with a wet spring followed by many areas of the state experiencing drought from late June through mid-July. Then when the rains returned the stressed plants were susceptible to disease. I’ve heard several growers say recently they are looking forward to this year being over. Before you mentally put 2012 behind you be sure to finish strong.
The dramatic increase in corn earworm intensifies, and management options get complicated by stink bugs.
DRAMATIC and RAPID increases in corn earworm captures are occurring. Spikes were detected in Blair, Bucks, Centre, Lancaster, Montgomery, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties.
Pumpkin growers throughout Pennsylvania have carefully monitored their crop for signs of powdery mildew and other diseases, but the recent heavy rainfall in some areas may spark an outbreak of Phytophthora crown and fruit rot in some of the poorer draining fields.