Pests and Diseases

Recommendations for managing weeds, pests, and diseases in forage crops, including grass hay, clover, corn, wheat, cereal, barley and soybeans. Tips for dealing with deer, insects and noxious weeds.

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PDA Adds 7 Counties to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone - News News
The quarantine area for spotted lanternfly has expanded and changed from municipal to county-level in an effort to protect at-risk areas. More
Photo Caption: Deer in Winter, Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State
Deer Control Options for Farmers and Landowners - Articles Articles
Crop damage caused by deer is a reoccurring theme for farmers. Learn about the management options available to control deer populations. More
Pokeweed
Pokeweed - Videos Videos

Pokeweed

William S. Curran, Ph.D., Dwight Lingenfelter

This video discusses Pokeweed biology and management in field crops. More
Figure 1. Different stalk rots of corn are known to occur in Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Ayllssa Collins
Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn - News News

Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn

09/27/2017

An increase in stalk rots is possible as we move into harvest season. Learn the characteristics of five common stalk rots. More
Caption: European corn borer larva feeding in the whorl of a corn plant.
Selecting Bt Corn Traits for Insect Pest Management - News News
Design an effective rotation for resistance management with the Handy Bt Trait Table. More
Core Topic Briefs: Soybean Field Pest Walk with John Tooker
Core Topic Briefs: Soybean Field Pest Walk with John Tooker - Videos Videos
Video shows scouting walk in soybean fields to determine through IPM if an application of an insecticide was necessary. (Exploración en Campo de Soya) More
Core Topic Briefs: Using Insect Pheromone Traps
Core Topic Briefs: Using Insect Pheromone Traps - Videos Videos
An overview of insect pest and insect pheromone trapping in Pennsylvania with John Tooker, Penn State Entomologist. (Usar Trampas de Feromonas para Insectos) More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017 - News News
More reports this week from across the state that uniformly indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 5, 2017 Update Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 5, 2017 Update - News
Reports continue to indicate low pest populations in soybean fields. Most of our fields are in R5-6 and most insect damage is not relevant after R5. More
Thinking About Preparing For Slugs For Next Year
Thinking About Preparing For Slugs For Next Year - News News
While slugs are fresh in our minds it may be beneficial to discuss some longer-term slug-management options that might help decrease future slug challenges. More
Stagonospora on timothy leaf from the tip to this position near the base of the leaf.
Why are the Leaves in My Grass Hay Dying? - Articles Articles
Browning leaves and a pale green color in timothy and orchardgrass may be an indication of fungal infection. More
Figure 1. Potato leafhopper adult and nymph. Photo Credit: Dr. Art Hower, Penn State University.
Watch Out for Potato Leafhopper Populations - News News
Potato leafhoppers populations are building rapidly. Growers should keep an eye out for increasing populations, because once their feeding is evident, economic damage has been done. More
Identifying Late Season Foliar Diseases in Forage Grasses
Identifying Late Season Foliar Diseases in Forage Grasses - News News
Cool, wet weather and foliar diseases. More
Smartphones and tablets can place volumes of agronomic data in your pocket.
Scout with Confidence with These Smartphone Apps - News News
There are a variety of smartphone and tablet apps that can help to identify pests, select crop protection products or view pesticide labels, putting important data at your fingertips. More
USDA ARS Photo Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
Western and Northern Corn Rootworm Management in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Corn rootworms have long been major economic pests in the United States. In Pennsylvania, corn rootworm damage has been sporadic, but increasing in recent years. More
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