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Workshop at Heritage Farm
Master Class: Soils, Urban Environments and Tough Choices - Workshops Workshops
An overview of urban soils and their use in a variety of urban roles More
Spotted lanternfly feeding on grapevine. Image by Erica Smyers.
Updated Insecticide Recommendations for Spotted Lanternfly on Grape - Articles Articles
Insecticide recommendations for spotted lanternfly in grape, updated January 2019. More
Symptoms of potassium deficiency.
Assessing and Managing Potassium Concentration in the Vineyard - Articles Articles
Potassium (K) plays a critical role in many plant physiology and biochemistry processes such as photosynthesis, osmoregulation, and enzyme activation. More
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert
Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly Grape Pest Alert

Heather L Leach, Michela Centinari, Ph.D.

This fact sheet provides identification, damage, quarantine, and management information for the spotted lanternfly, an invasive sap-feeding planthopper that feeds on the vine trunk, shoots, and leaves of grape plants, among other crops. More
The Scholl Family
Twilight At-Market Workshop at Scholl Orchard - Workshops Workshops
The Scholl family will give a tour of their facility, give a history of their business and explain what makes their business successful. More
Female spotted lanternfly and her egg mass. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Lanternfly - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Insect Pest - Spotted Lanternfly

Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive plant hopper was first detected in Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014. More
Volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research. Image: Erica Smyers
Lanternfly's Penchant for -- and Potential to Harm -- Grapevines Focus of Study - News News
Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. More
Botrytis bunch rot. Photo by W.J. Moller
Botrytis Bunch Rot: Winemaking Implications and Considerations - Articles Articles
This article will review the implications of molds and fruit rots on wine composition and quality and discuss remedial actions in the winery. More
Freeze damage on Concord. Photo: Michela Centinari, Penn State
Understanding and Preventing Spring Frost and Freeze Damage - Articles Articles
When early spring warming is followed by below freezing temperatures, grape growers keep their fingers crossed hoping to escape freeze injury. More
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
Grape Disease and Insect Management Workshop
Grape Disease and Insect Management Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Grape Disease and Insect Management Workshop

Multiple Options Available

This workshop will address major disease and pest problems facing Pennsylvania grape growers. 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
Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta
Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta - Articles Articles

Establecimiento y Preparación de una Huerta

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

El éxito de una huerta va de la mano con la planeación y preparación del sitio. More
University of Georgia Plant Pathology, University of Georgia,
Grape Disease - Eutypa Dieback - Articles Articles
Eutypa dieback, Eutypa lata, is a fungal disease appearing as cankers on trunks and arms of infected grapevines. It is one of the most destructive diseases on the woody tissue of grapes. More
Grape Disease - Downy Mildew
Grape Disease - Downy Mildew - Articles Articles
Downy mildew, Plasmopara viticola, can infect berries, leaves and young shoots. It occurs wherever it is wet and warm during the growing season. More
John Hartman, University of Kentucky,
Grape Disease - Crown Gall - Articles Articles
Crown gall, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, is characterized by galls or overgrowths that form on the roots, trunk, and arms of grape vines. V. vinifera are more susceptible than V. labrusca varieties. More
Riesling vines that show severe dieback due to winter kill. Photo: Bryan Hed
Grape Disease - Crown Gall, A Growing Concern in Vineyards - Articles Articles
Research efforts are generating extensive information on management of crown gall in vineyards, and there are new solutions in the pipeline. More
Cómo Diagnosticar un Problema en la Planta – 101
Cómo Diagnosticar un Problema en la Planta – 101 - Articles Articles
¿Hay algún problema con su planta? ¿Cuál es la causa? No asuma que sabe la respuesta y accidentalmente trate el problema equivocado. More
Botrytis infection at site of feeding damage. Photo by Kathy Demchak.
Bramble Disease - Botrytis - Articles Articles
Botrytis fruit rot or gray mold, Botrytis cinerea, is the most common and most serious disease of Rubus species worldwide. More
Grape Disease - Botrytis Bunch Rot
Grape Disease - Botrytis Bunch Rot - Articles Articles
Botrytis bunch rot, or gray mold, exists in all vineyards worldwide. This disease is caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea and is commonly associated with the decay of ripe or nearly ripe grapes. More
University of Georgia Plant Pathology, University of Georgia,
Grape Disease - Black Rot Photo Gallery - Articles Articles
Slideshow depicting various stages of black rot on grapes. More
Photo by Kathy Demchak.
Grape Disease - Black Rot - Articles Articles

Grape Disease - Black Rot

Kathy Demchak

Black rot, Guignardia bidwelli, is one of the most serious diseases of grapes in the eastern United States. 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
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year - News News
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. More
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