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Unharvested corn that has been caught in the most recent snow in Mercer County. Photo by Claire Coombs.
Dealing with the Weather and Unharvested Crops - News News
The weather has gone from warm and rainy to cold and snowy across much of the state. With approximately 18% of corn and 23% of beans still in the field, how big of a concern is this? More
Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Final Report of the 2018 Season - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to delay the late-season apple crop until the middle of October. More
GoldRush apples in a tall-spindle planting. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Mid-October Report - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to affect the apple crop in October. More
Snow on Pink Lady. Photo: Ed Weaver, Weaver's Orchard
Get Ready for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention - News News
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held from January 29 to 31, 2019 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018 - News News
This year’s bloom was later than in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we initially wondered when this year’s apple crop would be ready to pick. More
Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Fruit Disorders: Prevention of Scarf Skin on Apple Fruit - News News
Scarf skin is a physiological disorder of apple fruit that causes a dull gray cloudy or waxy appearance on the surface of the peel (epidermis) where it is most readily observed on varieties with a red or dark red background. More
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten - News News
The hot, wet summer weather continues to affect our apple crop. While size is not a problem, red color development continues to be problematic in most varieties. More
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight - News News
This week we added Autumn Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, and CrimsonCrisp to our evaluations. More
Gray mold sporulation has a dark gray, concentric ring pattern and may develop lesions on the surface of the plant stems. Photo: Beth K. Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: September 13, 2018 - News News
This fall as temperatures drop, dew periods extend, and the skies remain cloudy, be on the lookout for late blight and Botrytis gray mold in high tunnel tomatoes. More
Daybreak Fuji fruit size and color in Adams County Pennsylvania on September 6, 2018. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Seven - News News
Many locations in the Mid-Atlantic States recorded above-average temperatures and rainfall during August. These warm temperatures retarded red color development and reduced soluble solids (sugars) in Honeycrisp apples. More
V-shaped lesions characteristic of black rot on the leaves of cole crops. Photo: Beth K. Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: September 6, 2018 - News News
New reports of cucurbit downy mildew have decreased across the region, but variable weather conditions are forecasted through the weekend. More
Figure 1. Tree-ripe Gala (Kidd’s D-8) apple picked in Central Maryland on August 29, 2018. This apple had a visible stem-end crack, with little starch (blue stain) in the flesh. Photo credit: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Six - News News
While Gala is a small apple, its flavor and heat tolerance has made it a mainstay of the August harvest. More
Irregular tan cracked lesions characteristic of anthracnose on a cucumber leaf. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: August 29, 2018 - News News
The drier conditions the past few days have slowed the epidemic spread of cucurbit downy mildew across the region. More
Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law
Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law - News News
Penn State Law is offering farmers the opportunity to obtain free legal services through its Rural Economic Development Clinic. More
Powdery (white spots) and downy (dark spots) mildew sporulation on the lower pumpkin leaf surface. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: August 23, 2018 - News News
With all the flooding it is important to remember that crops that are exposed to flood waters originating from a stream or river are considered adulterated and should not be harvested for market. More
Color sorting Premier Honeycrisp apples in the laboratory for storage trials. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Five - News News
The Premier Honeycrisp harvest is ending as the Honeycrisp and Gala are maturing. More
Small chlorotic lesions caused by downy mildew on the upper surface of acorn squash. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: August 16, 2018 - News News
Cucurbit downy mildew is continuing to pick-up speed with many new reports on cucumber in Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts. More
Photo credit: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Four - News News
We have been monitoring Premier Honeycrisp maturation and tree ripening for the past three years. Every year we are surprised how quickly they move from un-ripe to tree-ripe and then begin to drop. More
Reduced till straw mulch serving as a barrier between developing pumpkin fruit and bare soil protecting against soilborne pathogens that cause fruit rots. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: August 9, 2018 - News News
Downy mildew is becoming more widespread on cucumber across Pennsylvania and has been confirmed on cucumbers in Centre, Clinton, Mifflin, Bucks, Lehigh, and Lancaster Counties. More
These wood chips, left over from maintenance operations, could be a feedstock for biochar production.
PA State Wood Energy Team Highlights/Next Steps - News News
Penn State Extension Shifting Program to Biochar for Energy and Coproducts More
Growers with Premier Honeycrisp plantings should monitor fruit maturity and be ready to pick this early variety. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Harvest: Where Are We Now? - News News
Apple bloom in 2018 was later than bloom in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we’re all wondering when this year's apple crop will be ready to pick. 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
Downy mildew lesions on pumpkin. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: August 1, 2018 - News News
The wet weather is wreaking havoc in many vegetable fields. More
Angular leaf spot on the upper surface of a cucumber leaf. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: July 26, 2018 - News News
The current relentless rain is expected to intensify foliar bacterial diseases on many crops. Scouting for diseases and protection of crops will be critical in the upcoming days. More
Bitter pit showing up on apples at harvest.
Preharvest Assessment of the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp - News News
This article describes a new test methodology that is available for growers that are interested in trying to predict the potential for a lot of fruit to develop bitter pit in storage. More
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