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While spotted lanternflies will feast on a variety of plant species, they have a special fondness for Ailanthus, or tree-of-heaven. Photo: Emily Swackhamer
Spotted Lanternfly Expert Provides Tips for Home Management of Pest - News News
The pest harms host plants and can render outdoor areas unusable by leaving behind honeydew, which attracts other insects and promotes the growth of sooty mold. More
Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Managing Fruit Rots This Season - News News

Managing Fruit Rots This Season

07/26/2018

Fungicide re-applications are necessary since several inches of rain have fallen the last few days. Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. More
Jimsonweed, Datura stramonium. Photo: Jan Samanek, Phytosanitary Administration, Bugwood.org
Toxic Weed in the Landscape: Jimsonweed - News News
Jimsonweed is an annual plant that is poisonous to animals and humans. More
Volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research. Image: Erica Smyers
Lanternfly's Penchant for -- and Potential to Harm -- Grapevines Focus of Study - News News
Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. More
Photo: Penn State Pesticide Education
Worker Protection Standard Update - News News
The 2015 EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) revision is now in full effect with the only exception being the requirement for new training materials. More
Penn State Extension Kiosks at Produce Auctions Provide Information for Growers
Penn State Extension Kiosks at Produce Auctions Provide Information for Growers - News News
Penn State Extension sets up kiosks at produce auctions across the state to provide growers with timely information on disease and pest identification and management, invasive species alerts, and food safety. More
Lackawanna County Penn State Master Gardener Roger Rogalewicz, loving known as Mr. Yuk, educates students about Pesticide Education.
Poison Prevention Program in Lackawanna County Reaches Over 1,200 Students - News News
The Poison Prevention Program educates first grade students about how to prevent accidental poisonings in the home and what to do if a poisoning occurs. More
Master Gardener, Roberta Cammer teaches students IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
Poison Prevention Program in Lackawanna County - News News
Penn State Master Gardeners Roberta Cammer and Elizabeth Bradshaw presented the Poison Prevention Program to first graders classrooms at Carbondale Elementary School and Mayfield Elementary School, reaching more than 160 first grade students. More
Get Your Airblast Sprayer Calibrated
Get Your Airblast Sprayer Calibrated - News News
Proper calibration is a must to make sure pesticide applications get to the target at the proper rate. More
Scheduling the PDA Certified Pesticide Applicator Exam
Scheduling the PDA Certified Pesticide Applicator Exam - News News
The winter off season is an ideal time for green industry professionals to prepare for and take the pesticide applicator certification (aka pesticide license) exam. More
Michael Skvarla, director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, holds a walking stick. Photo by Amy Duke
Penn State Department of Entomology Offers Insect Identification Services - News News
Director of the Insect Identification Lab in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences knows his bugs More
Allium Leafminer Adult
Alert: The Allium Leafminer is active! - News News
The Allium Leafminer has emerged this week and we are already seeing feeding damage signs. Protect your crop! More
Figure 2. Pupae in base of allium plants. They have been in the pupal stage throughout the summer, and should emerge as adults this fall. Photo: L. Donoval.
Fall Re-Emergence of the Allium Leafminer - News News
It’s soon time for emergence of allium leafminer adults. More
Codling moth injured apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Entomology Update for August 30, 2017 - News News
As harvest approaches and the bins are being moved to the orchard, we need to remember that a number of important pests are still present in the orchards. More
Brown marmorated stink bug adult and nymphs on corn. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for August 10, 2017 - News News
The flights of the second generation codling moth (CM) and third generation oriental fruit moth (OFM) continue in most Pennsylvania pome fruit orchards. More
Codling moth injured apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Entomology Update for July 2017 - News News

Entomology Update for July 2017

08/08/2017

Late July and the beginning of August indicates the time to again intensify the careful management of internal fruit feeders. More
Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 26 July 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
Vegetable Disease Updates for July 26, 2017 - News News
The rainy weather is not letting up and neither is downy mildew pressure. More
Brown marmorated stink bug adult on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for July 20, 2017 - News News

Insect Bytes for July 20, 2017

07/21/2017

Pheromone traps are the best indicators for controlling CM and OFM. Detection of live BMSB nymphs in traps placed in orchards warrants an immediate insecticide application. More
Postharvest fungicide sprays are necessary to prevent defoliation from cherry leaf spot. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Getting the Upper Hand on Tree Fruit Diseases in July - News News
Conditions may be optimal for several fungal and bacterial pome and stone fruit diseases in July. More
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year - News News
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. More
Brown marmorated stink bug injury on apple. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for June 23, 2017 - News News

Insect Bytes for June 23, 2017

07/03/2017

The flights of the first generation adults of tufted apple bud moth, obliquebanded leafroller and codling moth are almost completed in most Pennsylvania orchards. More
Map of cucurbit downy mildew currently reported along the east coast as of 30 June 2017 (cdm.ipmpipe.org).
Vegetable Disease Updates for June 30, 2017 - News News
Be on the lookout for diseases, as well as timber rot in high tunnel tomatoes, that spread in some of the recent rain events that moved across the Pennsylvania. More
Photo 1. Obliquebanded leafroller injured new growth on apple tree. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for June 16, 2017 - News News

Insect Bytes for June 16, 2017

06/16/2017

The adults of the first generation tufted apple bud moth (TABM) and obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) continue to fly in most Pennsylvania orchards. More
Watch out for brown rot on sweet cherries. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Protecting Cherries From Brown Rot - News News
As the sweet cherry harvest commences, there are concerns about brown rot. Management options are discussed. More
Newly emerged pigweeds in Berks Co., June 13, 2017 (Photo: Annie Klodd, Penn State)
Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp Beginning to Emerge - News News
Palmer amaranth and waterhemp have emerged for the season in Pennsylvania. It is important to scout for these invasive weeds now, and control them before they reach 4 inches tall. More
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