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2018 was the wettest on record in much of Pennsylvania and field work around the rain was challenging all year. This resulted in some fields getting severely compacted or rutted. What to do?
What To Do With Compacted Fields - News News
2018 was the wettest on record in much of Pennsylvania and field work around the rain was challenging all year. This resulted in some fields getting severely compacted or rutted. What to do? More
Blake Vince, no-till grain farmer from Ontario, showcases a latex cast of earthworm burrows, old root canals, and cracks and fissures from his soil with PSU Extension Educator Claire Coombs. Sjoerd Duiker.
Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference Showcases Cover Crop Innovations - News News
This Conference featured a wide variety of cover crop presentations and networking opportunities for farmers, industry, government and non-government organizations, extension and research. More
Image Credit: Alyssa Collins
Managing the Damage: Understanding Soybean Harvest Quality - News News
As the harvest begins, you may be surprised by the amount of discolored and moldy beans you see. Find out why, and what you can do about it. More
Soil compaction threat during silage harvest is high this year. Image Credit: Mark Madden
Soil Compaction Threat is High - News News

Soil Compaction Threat is High

09/12/2018

After another prolonged period of rainfall, the soils across most of the commonwealth are again saturated. More
Symptoms of white mold as seen in 2018 in a field in Centre County. Image credit: P. Esker
Scouting for White Mold in Soybean - News News
White mold has been found in several soybean production fields in central and northern Pennsylvania. How can we assess the potential impact? More
Calves grazing in warm season annuals as part of the USDA-NRCS Management Intensive Grazing demonstration at Ag Progress Days (S. Duiker)
Soil Compaction When Grazing in a Wet Summer - News News
Managing soil compaction while grazing can be a challenge in a wet summer like we are experiencing now, but it can be done, as we learned last week at Ag Progress Days. 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
Recent storms could bring diseases such as southern corn rust to PA. Alyssa Collins photo.
A Soggy Situation for Plant Disease - News News
How are our current wet weather patterns going to affect crop health? 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
White mold can greatly impact soybean yield in Pennsylvania when conditions are favorable for disease development. Credit: Alyssa Collins.
White Mold Considerations in 2018 - News News
White mold has negatively affected soybean production in Pennsylvania in most years since 1996, will 2018 be any different? More
Anthracnose (Colletotrichum orbiculare) on watermelon. Photo: Jason Brock, University of Georgia (bugwood.org)
Watch Out for Fungal Diseases On Melons - News News
Your melon crops should be well on their way by now, and with the rain we’ve had, fungal diseases may be too. 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
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
Figure 2. Fusarium head blight on barley. Image credit. A. Collins
Fusarium Head Blight Update for the Week of May 14, 2018 - News News
Know your growth stage and risk in relation to fungicide application for Fusarium head blight of small grains. More
When to Pull the Trigger on Wheat Fungicide
When to Pull the Trigger on Wheat Fungicide - News News
How do you make the decision to spray when you face both foliar and head diseases? More
Figure 1. Different stalk rots of corn are known to occur in Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Ayllssa Collins
Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn - News News

Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn

09/27/2017

An increase in stalk rots is possible as we move into harvest season. Learn the characteristics of five common stalk rots. More
Photo credit: Kelly Patches
Cover Crop Species to Plant Mid-September - News News
Cover crops are an important component of any cropping system. Selecting the right species for the time of year is a first step to success. More
Identifying Late Season Foliar Diseases in Forage Grasses
Identifying Late Season Foliar Diseases in Forage Grasses - News News
Cool, wet weather and foliar diseases. More
Figure 1. Sudden Dealth Syndrome of Soybean
Fields with Patches that Looked “Burned”: Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean - News News
Sudden death syndrome is a fungal disease caused by Fusarium virguliforme, and can easily be mistaken for several different soybean diseases if care is not taken to identify the different symptoms. More
Extension Plant Pathologist Joins Penn State
Extension Plant Pathologist Joins Penn State - News News
Paul Esker, Extension Field Crops Plant Pathologist brings his expertise in field crop diseases in support of county educators and local producers across Pennsylvania. More
Figure 1. White mold in soybean. Photo credit: Paul Esker
What to Do if I Have White Mold in Soybean? - News News
White Mold like many soybean diseases is favored by wet weather and excess soil moisture. More
An example of a quad plate demonstrating growth from a quarter sample of a cow with a high SCC. (photo by Ginger Fenton, 2015)
Using On-farm Culturing for More Than Mastitis - News News
New ways to incorporate on-farm culturing in herd health routines. More
Heavy Storms and Soil Management
Heavy Storms and Soil Management - News News
Heavy downpours can come at any time of the year, although most common in the summer. The rain is a blessing but can be a curse too. More
Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State Univrsity
Drought Happens - Are You Ready? - News News
Drought is a regular occurrence somewhere in the United States, even here in Pennsylvania. More
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