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Figure 1. A corn plant near Christiana, PA, recently cut by a black cutworm caterpillar (image by Tracy Neff, Kings Agriseed)
Pests to Keep in Mind in the First Week of June - News News
Insect pests are active in each of our major crop species; here we touch upon four major pests to understand local populations. More
Seedcorn maggot life cycle, including the number of growing degree days (GDD, base 39F) that are needed to complete each stage. Image credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State University
Black Cutworm Moths Arriving, and Seedcorn Maggots Making Themselves Known - News News
Our first significant flight of cutworm moths arrived in PA, and we have encountered an odd situation with seedcorn maggots infesting insecticide-treated seed. More
Potato leafhopper populations will arrive in Pennsylvania in the coming weeks. Scout your fields regularly to determine if problematic populations are developing. Photo credit: Dept. of Entomology, Penn State
Alfalfa Insect Management - News News

Alfalfa Insect Management

05/16/2018

Alfalfa weevil remains active across the state, and potato leafhopper is bound to arrive in the coming weeks. Scout fields to understand your local populations. More
We Need Your Feedback on Veggie Rotations and Field Layouts
We Need Your Feedback on Veggie Rotations and Field Layouts - News News
Penn State’s Department of Entomology is studying the scientific basis for crop rotations and farm layouts to determine if they can be better designed to improve pest control. More
Black Cutworm trap. by Mark Madden, Penn State Extension
Penn States Black Cutworm Monitoring Network - News News
Penn State Extension will again been using pheromone traps to monitor arriving populations of black cutworm moths. More
"Checklist" is in the public domain
Food Code Changes Coming to Pennsylvania - News News
With the release of the 2017 FDA Food Code, Pennsylvania food establishments will see changes in regulations beginning January 1, 2019. More
Food Safety for a Winning Super Bowl Party!
Food Safety for a Winning Super Bowl Party! - News News
Keep the following food safety tips in mind before, during and after the big game to prevent a foodborne illness from sidelining your team. More
Photo: US Department of Agriculture
National Food Safety Education Month - News News
During September, take the opportunity to train your staff on food safety. Penn State Extension has many resources you can use for food safety training. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program Report for September 12, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program Report for September 12, 2017 - News News
This week pest pressures continue to be low for our maturing soybeans in the R6-7 stages. Insect damage has negligible effects on yield after the R5 stage. More
Photo:United States Department of Agriculture
Recipe Redo for Food Safety - News News

Recipe Redo for Food Safety

09/11/2017

September is national Food Safety Education Month! To celebrate, try a recipe from the Partnership for Food Safety Education that includes food safety tips. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 5, 2017 Update Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 5, 2017 Update - News
Reports continue to indicate low pest populations in soybean fields. Most of our fields are in R5-6 and most insect damage is not relevant after R5. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program, August 30th Update Soybean Sentinel Plot Program, August 30th Update - News
Reports this week from across Pennsylvania continue to indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. More
Figure 1. A soybean plant in Montgomery County damaged by thrips. Image Credit: Del Voight, Penn State University Extension
Soybean Board Sentinel Plot Program Report for June 19, 2018 - News News
Our soybean sentinel plot report reveals mostly minor populations of insects and disease, but we found a few outbreaks of thrips. More
Kudzu Bug Photo Credit: Jeremy Greene, Clemson University
Kudzu Bug: Still Approaching? - News News

Kudzu Bug: Still Approaching?

08/09/2017

In 2013, an exotic soybean pest, the kudzu bug, was approaching PA. Recently, kudzu bug adults & egg masses were found on soybeans in Beltsville, MD. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program August 8, 2017 Soybean Sentinel Plot Program August 8, 2017 - News
Reports this week from across the state indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. More
Figure 1. Western bean cutworm egg mass on upper leaves of vegetative stage corn (Photo by Nicole Carutis, Penn State Extension)
Western Bean Cutworm - News News

Western Bean Cutworm

07/26/2017

Western Bean Cutworm pest pressure may apparently be higher than in previous years. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017 - News News
More reports this week from across the state that uniformly indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. More
Figure 1. Corn leaf aphid. Photo by Del Voight, Penn State Extension, Lebanon County.
Corn Leaf Aphid: Learn from Others and Avoid Unnecessary Insecticides - News News
Corn Aphids have become a recent problem on some farms in Pennsylvania and are the result of imbalances of natural predators. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 18, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 18, 2017 - News News
Reports indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields around the state. For most issues, there is little economic return in applying insecticides. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program - July 12, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program - July 12, 2017 - News News
Most soybean fields appear to be growing well and are starting to experience some minor defoliation. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program - June 28, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program - June 28, 2017 - News News
With better growing conditions, most soybean fields seem to be growing well and have left slug damage behind (with few or no exceptions, I hope). More
Thinking About Preparing For Slugs For Next Year
Thinking About Preparing For Slugs For Next Year - News News
While slugs are fresh in our minds it may be beneficial to discuss some longer-term slug-management options that might help decrease future slug challenges. More
Figure 1. Potato leafhopper adult and nymph. Photo Credit: Dr. Art Hower, Penn State University.
Watch Out for Potato Leafhopper Populations - News News
Potato leafhoppers populations are building rapidly. Growers should keep an eye out for increasing populations, because once their feeding is evident, economic damage has been done. More
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Plant an Extra Row! - News News

Plant an Extra Row!

05/02/2017

This year, share the bounty of your summer garden by planting an extra row or two of vegetables to donate to your local food bank or pantry. More
Timothy field near Gettysburg browning because of aphid infestation. (Photo by Dean Collamer, Growmark FS
Aphids in Timothy Fields - News News

Aphids in Timothy Fields

04/26/2017

Have you seen browning in timothy fields? It may be due to a heavy aphid population. More
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