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Zinc deficiency shows up in new growth as light green to yellow coloring between green veins. Photo: John Esslinger, Penn State
Zinc Deficiency In Vegetable Crops - News News
Zinc deficiency in vegetable crops has become more common in the last few years. More
Early snow on apple blossoms. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Registration is Open for the 2019 Commercial Tree Fruit Meetings - News News
Penn State Extension has planned nine regional educational meetings for commercial tree fruit producers in 2019. 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
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
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
What the Department of Environmental Protection Wants You to Know
What the Department of Environmental Protection Wants You to Know - News News
Agricultural plastics generated on a farm or business are a form of residual waste, as defined in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 25, Section 287.1. More
Asexual spore, Sporangia of Phytophthora capsici, host: Cucurbita spp. L. Photo: Paul Bachi, University of Kentucky Research and Education Center,
Vegetable Disease Research: Tools in the Battle Against Phytophthora - Articles Articles
Over the past decade, Phytophthora blight has dramatically spread to “clean” farms. As a result, growers have seen healthy crops completely fail. More
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Cover Crops in Home Gardens Improve Soil and Reduce Erosion - Articles Articles
Planting a cover crop at the end of the harvest will benefit your garden in the seasons to come. More
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Late Summer Lettuce - Articles Articles

Late Summer Lettuce

John Esslinger

If you have a patch in the garden to plant something for later in the fall, frost-hardy, low-light lettuce is a good choice for late summer planting. More
The Native Pawpaw Tree
The Native Pawpaw Tree - Articles Articles

The Native Pawpaw Tree

John Esslinger

“Rediscovering” the pawpaw, a native North American fruit tree that produces a unique fruit with familiar taste. More
Chickpea field on May 18, 2015
Chickpeas - Really? - Articles Articles

Chickpeas - Really?

John Esslinger

Chickpea consumption has increased dramatically in recent years. Hummus consumption alone has increased about 5% annually over the past ten years. This trend is expected to continue. More
Establishing a Strawberry Planting in the Home Garden
Establishing a Strawberry Planting in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Growing your own strawberries is one of the most rewarding gardening activities. More