Sustainable Agriculture

Information on sustainable agriculture of vegetable crops, including crop rotation and conservation tillage, extending the grazing season and interseeding. Tips on using biocontrols to manage insects and diseases in high tunnels and pollination.

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The Science of GMOs
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View this informational program on the Science of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Learn why GMOs were developed and if they are safe for people and the environment. More
Heidrun Moschitz a Rural Sociologist specializes in Urban Food Systems and Policy Networks associated with Organic Agriculture in Switzerland
Swiss Senior Researcher Reflects on Experience at Penn State - News News
Dr. Heidrun Moschitz reflects on her experiences working with Socioeconomic Scientists at Penn State while visiting from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Frick, Switzerland More
These peas were planted no-till after forage radish. Photo: D. Liker, Gorman Farm.
No-till, no Herbicide Planting of Spring Vegetables - Articles Articles
It is easier to plant early spring vegetables after winter cover crops if you use low residue winter-killed crops. More
Wild Bees for Pennsylvania Cucurbits
Wild Bees for Pennsylvania Cucurbits - Articles Articles

Wild Bees for Pennsylvania Cucurbits

Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

In addition to honey bees, which are managed, various un-managed species that exist as wild populations play key roles in providing pollination of cucurbit crops. More
Photo credit Mary Ann Frazier, Penn State Extension.
Who are Our Pollinators? - Articles Articles

Who are Our Pollinators?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Krishona Martinson

Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. More
Marshall Hart leads a tour of the hoophouse production at Braddock Farms.
Special Considerations for Urban Ag Practitioners - Articles Articles
For urban growers, there can be several considerations to take into account during the development of a production area. More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
Adam Sisson, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org
Getting Started Using Biocontrols to Manage Insects and Diseases in High Tunnels - Articles Articles
Biological control of insects, mites and diseases has the potential to greatly expand the number of effective options in our pest management toolbox. More
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics
Potato Cultivars Suggested for Pennsylvania and Resistance Characteristics - Articles Articles
Host resistance is an important tool for managing diseases. Potato cultivars vary in susceptibility to common diseases including late blight, early blight and common scab. More
Squash bee by Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
Pumpkin Pollinators - Articles Articles
Pumpkin fruit set can be affected by a number of production and environmental factors. More
Photo: William Lamont
On the Road: New Morning Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: New Morning Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. More
Leaf Mold on determinate, high tunnel tomato plants.
Managing Leaf Mold in High Tunnels - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in PA and the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality, the NRCS cost-sharing program, and substantially earlier harvests. More
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations - Articles Articles
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings, Penn State Extension educators working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites around the state. More
Scouting frequently and regularly could save your crop.
Scouting for Pests and Diseases in Vegetable Crops - Articles Articles
Plant, weed, hoe, cultivate, water, plant, fertilize, water... No time to stop and take a close look for pests and diseases? Take a few minutes. It could save your crop. More
Drip irrigation of bell peppers
Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production - Articles Articles

Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

Drip or trickle irrigation is a very efficient method of applying water and nutrients to crops. More
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