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Osmia cornifrons on an apple blossom. Photo: David Biddinger
Orchard Pollination: Solitary (Mason) Bees - Articles Articles
Growers of bee-pollinated crops, particularly apples, may be interested in the possible use of solitary bees as pollinators. More
Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm - Articles Articles

Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm

Marley E Skinner, Robert Pollock, Mike Basedow

Consider diversifying your farm by adding small fruit like blueberries or strawberries. More
Photo by M. Seetin.
Pollinators and Pesticide Sprays during Bloom in Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles

Pollinators and Pesticide Sprays during Bloom in Fruit Plantings

Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Kathy Demchak, Ed Rajotte, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

Use of pesticides during bloom is a complicated problem with the solutions relying on understanding the detailed relationships among chemicals, pollinators and pest management needs. More
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas - Articles Articles

Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas

Lee Stivers, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

Las bayas (fresas, frambuesas, zarzamoras, y arándanos) son frutas maravillosas; además de ser deliciosas y nutritivas tienen buen precio en el mercado. 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
Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries
Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries - Articles Articles

Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries

Kathy Demchak, Donn Johnson

Broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) has been problematic for pepper growers in PA for the last couple of years. Now we can add blackberries to the list of crops that they frequent. More
stem canker (Leptosphaeria coniothyrium). Photo: Florida Division of Plant Industry , Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
Bramble Disease - Cane Blight - Articles Articles
Cane blight is caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria coniothyrium, which also causes a canker on roses and a fruit rot of apple and pear. More
Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds
Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds - Articles Articles

Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

On many farms or orchards, bird damage is minimal while for others, problems from birds can be substantial. More
Growing Raspberries and Blackberries: From Planting to Harvest
Growing Raspberries and Blackberries: From Planting to Harvest - Online Courses Online Courses
$99.00
This course prepares you to grow berries, from choosing varieties, to planting, to handling pests and diseases. Growing can be rewarding and profitable. More
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller - Articles Articles
The omnivorous leafroller has recently been confirmed in a greenhouse in Pennsylvania. Your assistance is needed in monitoring this pest indoors and outdoors in Pennsylvania. More
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring - Articles Articles
This article explains how to monitor for spotted wing drosophila, an invasive vinegar (fruit) fly first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011, using traps. 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
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Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 2: Natural History - Articles Articles
This article provides information on the environmental, host plant, and feeding preferences and life cycle of the spotted wing drosophila. More
Drift herbicide damage on tomato.
Using Proper Herbicide Formulations to Prevent Damage - Articles Articles
Use the proper herbicide formulations to prevent damage to non-target plants. More
Safety Data Sheet Use
Safety Data Sheet Use - Articles Articles

Safety Data Sheet Use

Jim Harvey

Safety data sheets (SDS) provide detailed information about all chemicals and pesticides including the chemical properties, various hazards, protective measures, and safety precautions. More
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Las Mejores Recomendaciones para Aplicadores de Pesticidas - Articles Articles

Las Mejores Recomendaciones para Aplicadores de Pesticidas

Bill Riden, Héctor Núñez Contreras

¿Cómo calibrar su equipo?, ¿Qué precauciones de seguridad a tomar? More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.5. Pesticide Recommendations for Brambles
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.5. Pesticide Recommendations for Brambles - Articles Articles
The important insects and diseases to be controlled, except for viruses, are listed in the right-hand column of this spray schedule. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.2. Summary of Bramble Disease Control Strategies
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.2. Summary of Bramble Disease Control Strategies - Articles Articles
All possible control strategies must be employed if bramble diseases are to be controlled. More
Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 7.3. Occurrence of Insects and Mites on Brambles - Articles Articles
Informational table showing the occurrence of insects and mites on brambles during the growing season. More
Virus Disease Control of Brambles in Home Gardens
Virus Disease Control of Brambles in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
Control measures are aimed mainly at removing sources of the virus particles from within and around the raspberry planting. More
Virus Diseases of Brambles in Home Fruit Plantings
Virus Diseases of Brambles in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Virus diseases can seriously damage brambles, especially raspberries, and can affect the lifetime of a planting. More
Arthur E. Miller, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
Japanese Beetles in Brambles in the Home Fruit Planting - Articles Articles
The 1/2-inch-long copper and green adult Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica (Newman), may appear in large numbers at harvest in late June to feed on the leaves. More
R. Stace-Smith, Bugwood.org
Leaf Curl Virus of Brambles in Home Gardens - Articles Articles
Raspberries are affected more severely by leaf curl than are blackberries. More
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