Cloudy weather, rainstorms, and variable temperatures across the state have slowed some crops and created very favorable conditions for disease development.
First-generation flights of codling moth, tufted apple bud moth, and obliquebanded leafroller continue, second-generation Oriental fruit moth about to start, monitor for leafhoppers, woolly apple aphids, San Jose scales, and European red mites.
Casey Guindon recently joined Penn State Extension’s Field and Forage Crop Team and is based in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
This year’s Farming for Success on June 21st has sessions on farm economics as well as many production agriculture tour stops and exciting speakers.
Register now for the upcoming Agronomic Field Diagnostic Clinic
Since the last carbohydrate model report on May 25, last Friday, weather conditions were optimal to induce fruit drop due to chemical thinner application.
Fire blight symptoms are widespread throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Growers are encouraged to use Apogee or Kudos to shut down tree growth to limit the spread of the disease in orchards.
Newly awarded grant will be used to cover the cost difference between injecting and surface applying manure.
Insect and slug populations do not appear to be causing much damage, yet but keep scouting to understand local populations.
The warm wet weather the past couple of weeks together with high humidity is creating perfect conditions for a number of strawberry diseases.
Conditions were incredibly optimal for many tree fruit diseases during the month of May. Management strategies for pome and stone fruit diseases are discussed.
Reports of fire blight infections have started to occur. The dos and don’ts of managing fire blight infections are discussed.
The Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) is currently conducting needs assessments and would like to hear from Pennsylvania tree fruit growers.
Soil pH in a Survey of 27 High Tunnels in Pennsylvania