With soybean maturity approaching in most fields, insects and diseases are becoming less relevant, but most pest populations remain low.
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.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. The focus has shifted away from merely responding to contamination events toward establishing systems to prevent them from occurring.
Our first significant flight of cutworm moths arrived in PA, and we have encountered an odd situation with seedcorn maggots infesting insecticide-treated seed.
A Penn State Extension farm food safety video series is available for fruit and vegetable growers seeking more detailed information on farm food safety of harvested crops.
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.
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.
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.
Reports this week from across Pennsylvania continue to indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting.
Reports this week from across the state indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting.
Corn Aphids have become a recent problem on some farms in Pennsylvania and are the result of imbalances of natural predators.