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Always check the final temperature with a thermometer. Photo credit: Bob McDonald
Avoid Food Safety Penalties During Football Season - News News
When tailgating or homegating be sure safe food handling practices are part of your game plan! More
Brown marmorated stink bugs on soybeans in Clinton County. Most soybean fields in Pennsylvania are in growth stage R6 or later and so are past the point when insects, like stink bugs, or diseases will reduce yield. Image Credit: Greg Roth
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 11, 2018 - News News
With soybean maturity approaching in most fields, insects and diseases are becoming less relevant, but most pest populations remain low. More
Partnership for Food Safety Education
Food Safety and The Story of Your Dinner - News News
With the start of school, September is the perfect time to get back in the groove of family meals. The benefits of family meals are numerous, but keep food safety in mind during preparation and beyond. More
Mature soybean field in Centre County. Image Credit: Adriana Murillo-Williams
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report for September 4, 2018 - News News
With soybean maturity approaching in most fields, insects and diseases are becoming less relevant, but most pest populations remain low. More
Bean leaf beetle adult, showing feeding damage. Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org (images used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License).
Mexican Bean Beetle Causing Trouble? - News News
Reports from Chester County indicate there is a strong population of Mexican bean beetles defoliating soybeans. More
Most of the soybeans in our report are in R5 or later, so we are getting to the point of the season when insects and pathogen populations are unlikely to influence yield any more. Image: Adriana Murillo-Williams
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report, August 28, 2018 - News News
With the extremely wet weather, insect pests in soybeans appear to have been knocked back a bit. Diseases remain low, but this could change with more moisture. More
A spined soldier bug eating a lady beetle larva. Predators are key to keep soybean populations from getting too high. Predator-on-predator predation is bound to happen when aphid populations grow & predators swarm in. Adriana Murillo-Williams
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report-7 August 2018 - News News
With the extremely wet weather, insect pests in soybeans appear to have been knocked back a bit. Diseases remain low, but this could change with more moisture. More
Scouting soybeans under clear skies, a rarity recently. Image Credit: Jennifer Bratthauer
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report for July 31, 2018 - News News
Even with the extremely wet weather, our soybean scouting is finding minor insect/disease populations. The soybeans, and all of us, could all use a little sun. More
Healthy soybean field in Centre County. Image Credit: Adriana Murillo-Williams
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report – July 17, 2018 - News News
Our soybean sentinel plots have only minor insect/disease populations, so insecticide and fungicides applications may provide little benefit; scout to know! More
Japanese beetle in soybeans. Image Credit: Anna Busch
Soybean Board Sentinel Plot Program Report for July 11, 2018 - News News
Our soybean sentinel plots continue to have minor insect and disease populations, but walk your own fields to see what is active at your place. More
Be Food Safe, USDA/FSIS
Are You Handling Food Safely at Home? - News News
When it comes to food safety in our homes, a recent study indicates knowing and doing are often two different things. More
Food for Thought: Eight Tips for Making Good Choices at Farmers Markets
Food for Thought: Eight Tips for Making Good Choices at Farmers Markets - News News
A little know-how can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illness, advises a food safety educator with Penn State Extension. More
Hopperburn in alfalfa resulting from potato leafhopper feeding. Photo: Bryan Jensen, University of Wisconsin, Bugwood.org
Potato Leafhopper is Abundant in Alfalfa - News News
Damage to alfalfa from potato leafhopper has caught some growers by surprise. Scout your fields to determine if your local populations are problematic! More
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
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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
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