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Mia Yencha makes it rain as part of Penn State Extension’s “Rain to Drain” activity at Mount Holly Springs’ Holly Festival Day Celebration on September 15. (Photo: Heather Couch)
Stormwater Education in Mount Holly Springs, Cumberland County - News News
Visitors to the annual festival had an opportunity to learn about how stormwater can impact their local waterways. More
High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel
High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel - Videos Videos

High Tunnel Research: Parts of a High Tunnel

Matthew Cooper, Kathy Demchak

4:55

This video provides information on all parts of a single-bay gothic peak high tunnel. The terminology is commonly used for various high tunnel types. 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
Diferentes tamaños de plantas inactivas. Foto: K. Demchak, Penn State
Establecimiento de Fresas - Principios Básicos - Articles Articles
Una plantación de fresa exitosa depende de que los principios básicos se apliquen correctamente en el momento de la siembra. Prestar atención a lo básico, lo llevará por el mejor camino para tener una plantación vigorosa. More
Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
Corn earworm counts are rising throughout PA.
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: August 2, 2018 - News News
July started out dry and hot but transitioned quickly, with almost no warning, to very wet and hot. More
Christine Mayer, Director of the Fulton Center for Sustainability Studies at Wilson College, pictured far left with her class behind a groundwater model at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension Office.
Wilson College Environmental Stewardship Class Encounters a Groundwater Model - News News
Students from Wilson College visited the Cumberland County Penn State Extension office to learn how land use, ground water, and private water wells interconnect. More
Blueberries are a high value crop in Pennsylvania.
Survey: Pollination Services of Blueberries in the Mid-Atlantic Region - News News
If you grow blueberries on your farm, please consider participating in this short survey. More
Japanese beetle on raspberries. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: July 12, 2018 - News News
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Mifflin County on July 11. Warmer weather throughout the state is helping crops along, but has also been good for insect pests. More
The potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae, is a pest that is easy to overlook until the damage - called "hopperburn" - "burns" you. Photo: Penn State College of Agriculture
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: June 28 2018 - News News
Wet weather and variable temperatures across the state continue to be challenging for vegetable and berry production. More
Black rot on cabbage, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Note characteristic “V” shaped lesions starting at leaf margin. Photo: Lee Stivers, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: Mid-June 2018 - News News
Cloudy weather, rainstorms, and variable temperatures across the state have slowed some crops and created very favorable conditions for disease development. More
Are your berries turning brown and drying up? Check to see that the pedicle is not damaged. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Causes of Strawberry Blossom Blights and Dried Berries - News News
The warm wet weather the past couple of weeks together with high humidity is creating perfect conditions for a number of strawberry diseases. More
Figure 1. Caterpillar or sawfly? Accurate identification of the pest is critical when using bio-insecticides. Bt products will control small caterpillars, but would be ineffective on the sawfly larva shown in this photo.
Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals - Articles Articles

Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals

Lee Stivers, Ruth Benner

Bio-pesticides, also known as biological pesticides, are defined by the US EPA as pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, and certain minerals. More
Pepper transplants. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: May 18, 2018 - News News
It’s no secret that this spring has been cold and wet across Pennsylvania. On many farms, planting has been delayed as much as three weeks, and many crops already in the ground are developing more slowly than usual. More
Strawberry plant with mild winter injury. Photo: Kathy Demchak
Spring Strawberry Growth, or Lack Thereof - News News
This year, we had a long cold winter, the spring warm-up just isn’t happening yet in much of the state, and plant growth is nearly 2 weeks behind schedule. More
Jennifer Fetter, Penn State University
What are Stormwater Pollutants? - Articles Articles
Stormwater can cause water pollution because it often contains harmful materials picked up when it washed across the land. More
Andy Yencha, Penn State University
What is an MS4? - Articles Articles

What is an MS4?

Andy Yencha

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System refers to a collection of structures designed to gather stormwater and discharge it into local streams and rivers. More
Participants attend the Montour County Safe Drinking Water Clinic
Montour County Residents Learn How to Protect Their Drinking Water - News News
Fifty-three homeowners attended the workshop where they received water test reports and assistance in interpreting the testing results. More
Rain Gardens capture stormwater, provide wildlife habitat and reduce mowing by shrinking lawns. Photo: Roger Bannerman
Spring Yard Care Tips for Water Quality - News News
When you are thinking about spring projects, consider some tips to enhance water quality and manage stormwater. More
Scheduling the PDA Certified Pesticide Applicator Exam
Scheduling the PDA Certified Pesticide Applicator Exam - News News
The winter off season is an ideal time for green industry professionals to prepare for and take the pesticide applicator certification (aka pesticide license) exam. More
‘Mayflower’ (East Malling, U.K.) is a mid-late season variety. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Strawberry Variety Update – Fall 2017 - News News
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about putting together plant orders for next season. More
Cold-injured primary blackberry bud (left) and uninjured secondary bud (right). Photo credit: Fumi Takeda, USDA-ARS-AFRS
Small Fruit Cold Hardiness - Winter Injury in Brambles - Articles Articles

Small Fruit Cold Hardiness - Winter Injury in Brambles

Rich Marini, Ph.D., Kathy Demchak

Weather is also becoming more variable resulting in early-winter cold snaps and winter thaws followed by extreme cold events. More
Different dormant plant sizes. Photo: K. Demchak, Penn State
Strawberry Establishment - Planting and Other Basics - Articles Articles
A successful strawberry planting hinges on getting the basics right at planting time. If you can pay attention to the basics, you are well on your way to having a vigorous planting. More
Strawberry Nutrition - Sampling Leaves for Nutrient Analysis
Strawberry Nutrition - Sampling Leaves for Nutrient Analysis - Articles Articles
When growers send in strawberry leaves for a nutrient analysis, should the petioles remain attached or be removed? More
Symptoms typical of severe anthracnose infection on blackberry.
Blackberry Fruit Disorders - Effects on Fruit Quality - Articles Articles
This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues, including whitening of drupelets, drupelet reddening, insect feeding injury, canker diseases and spotted wing drosophila. More
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