Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.
Based on FDA's outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA is proposing revisions to its proposed rule on produce safety.
Vegetable and field crops are grown on about 2000 acres at Brian Campbell Farms. On September 12, 2014, Rachel Troyer, the food safety and integrated pest management manager, gave us a tour focusing on how they grow broccoli.
This article reviews three of the newest biopesticides on the market for small fruit and vegetable growers: Grandevo, Met52 and PFR-97. These materials offer significantly different modes of action from traditional pesticides and add to growers' toolboxes for the control of whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and spider mites.
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.
Mock's Greenhouse and Farm has facilities in Berkeley Springs, WV and in Winber, PA.
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!