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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Master Class: Reverse Engineering Your Crop Plan
Master Class: Reverse Engineering Your Crop Plan - Workshops Workshops

Master Class: Reverse Engineering Your Crop Plan

01/24/2019

Philadelphia, PA

Free
Learn to Plan for the Harvest You Want When You Want It More
A rainy day at DITO Inc's Segue Gardens in West Oak Lane
Growers' Series: Shifting Weather Patterns - Workshops Workshops

Growers' Series: Shifting Weather Patterns

01/31/2019

Philadelphia, PA

Free
Discussion on grower concerns, solutions, and work-arounds for weather-related issues facing gardeners and growers today. More
High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels
High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels - Videos Videos

High Tunnel Research: Types of High Tunnels

Matthew Cooper, Kathy Demchak

5:53

This video provides information on the types of high tunnels (single and multi-bay) that are commercially available, and important features of each to consider. More
En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018
En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018 - Articles Articles

En el Camino: Granja Orgánica de Toigo 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

En Toigo, cultivan principalmente tomates y también pepinos, pimientos y berenjenas para mercados al por mayor y directas. More
Photo courtesy of Toigo Farm.
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018 - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms in 2018

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

At Toigo, they grow primarily tomatoes, along with cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants for wholesale and direct markets. More
The Science of GMOs
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The Science of GMOs

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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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
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
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

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

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. 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
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
Vegetable IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrol
Vegetable IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrol - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Vegetable IPM with an Emphasis on Biocontrol

Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

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From: $15.00

To: $40.00

Control the insect pests that attack your vegetables. More
Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

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Vegetable production information based on university, extension, and industry research, experience, and knowledge. 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
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
Riego por goteo de pimientos.
Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal - Articles Articles

Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal

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

La irrigación o riego por goteo o chorreo es un método muy eficiente para la aplicación de agua y nutrientes para los cultivos. 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
Bombus in pollinator cover crop plots. Photo credit Tianna DuPont.
Pesticides and Pollinators - Articles Articles

Pesticides and Pollinators

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

Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. 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
Exploración para Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Vegetales
Exploración para Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Vegetales - Videos Videos
La base de un programa de Manejo Integral de Plagas es la exploración. More
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scouting for Vegetables
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Scouting for Vegetables - Videos Videos
With regular and systematic scouting you will be more able to detect plant problems before they get out of hand. 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
Pest and Plant Disease Prediction Tools
Pest and Plant Disease Prediction Tools - Articles Articles
There are several online tools to help you monitor and keep up to date on the proximity and likelihood for pests and plant diseases. 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
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
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