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On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont

This 2017 growing season we’ve been following potato planting and harvesting at Huntsinger Farms Inc. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

We met up with Kris Rutko and Jared Maurer at Huntsinger Farms to see early potatoes being harvested. More
Downy mildew on pumpkin. Photo: Beth K. Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Updates: August 30, 2017 - Articles Articles
Within the past week, there have been three separate reports of downy mildew on jack-o-lantern pumpkin in eastern Virginia. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing. More
Garden Symphylan as a Pest of Field Crops
Garden Symphylan as a Pest of Field Crops - Articles Articles
The garden symphylan is an occasional but destructive pest of field crops. Symphylans are not insects, but are more closely related to centipedes and millipedes. More
End of Season Clean-up
End of Season Clean-up - Articles Articles
Insect populations tend to slow when there is a cool growing season, but there is plenty of insect management activity to consider. More
Pests of Vegetables
Pests of Vegetables - Articles Articles

Pests of Vegetables

Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

A list of common pests and the vegetables they affect. More
On the Road: Yarnick's Farm
On the Road: Yarnick's Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Yarnick's Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Robert Pollock, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Yarnick’s Farm in Indiana, PA includes 250 acres of outdoor production and 20 greenhouses of varying sizes and shapes. More
Late blight on potato
Late Blight on Potato - Articles Articles
Photos showing late blight on potato. More
Frank Peairs, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Potato Leafhopper on Vegetables - Articles Articles
The potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae, is a pest that is easy to overlook until the damage - called "hopperburn" - "burns" you. More
Symptoms of potato blackleg. Photo: Bob Leiby, PA Coop Potato Growers
Best Management Practices for Soft Rot Associated with Dickeya in Potatoes - Articles Articles
An aggressive form of black leg/soft rot caused by the bacterial pathogen Dickeya dianthicola has been confirmed in potato seed lots being grown in Northeast regions including Pennsylvania. 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
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Saline Soils and Plant Growth - Articles Articles

Saline Soils and Plant Growth

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

This article outlines plant response and ways to measure soil salt levels. More
Growing Potatoes Using Plasticulture
Growing Potatoes Using Plasticulture - Articles Articles
The production of early potatoes for direct marketing or sale to consumers can be a very lucrative enterprise for many growers who only grow 3-5 acres of potatoes in Pennsylvania. More
Protect the investment you have made in your drip irrigation system by protecting it from winter damage.
Winterizing Your Drip Irrigation System - Articles Articles

Winterizing Your Drip Irrigation System

William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Fall is a great time to winterize your irrigation systems so that it will be ready for next spring. 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
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
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
Early blight symptoms on potato leaf
Early Blight - Articles Articles

Early Blight

Beth K. Gugino, Ph.D.

Early blight is caused by the fungus Alternaria solani and is a common problem for potato growers. More
Field of diverse crops in rotation
Introduction to Organic Farming: A Growing Opportunity for Pennsylvania Farmers - Articles Articles
This article provides basic information about organic farming, including getting started, considering your product/market, and deciding whether to be certified. 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
Seedcorn maggot life cycle Photo: Art Cushman, USDA Systematics Entomology Laboratory, Bugwood.org
Don’t Transplant Maggots - Articles Articles

Don’t Transplant Maggots

Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Root maggot infestations can start when growing the transplants. 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
Photo credit: B. Gugino
Plant Disease Basics and Diagnosis - Articles Articles
A plant disease is a dynamic process where a living or nonliving entity interferes with the normal functions of a plant over a period of time. More
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