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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
Harvesting wheat trials in Pennsylvania. Image credit: Greg Roth
Winter Wheat and Barley Trials Posted - News News
Winter wheat and barley variety trials have been posted. Wheat yields were good, feed barley yields were variable and some of new malting barley lines continue to yield well. More
A high tunnel where the farmer is using a soilless media system to grow crops. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soluble Salts Levels - News News
Soluble salts commonly found in soils are calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, and bicarbonate. Potassium, ammonium, nitrate, and carbonate are also found, but in smaller quantities. More
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Shale Gas Monitoring Report from PA DCNR Released - News News
DCNR Bureau of Forestry released the second monitoring report of shale gas development in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale fairway. 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
Angular leaf spot on the upper surface of a cucumber leaf. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: July 26, 2018 - News News
The current relentless rain is expected to intensify foliar bacterial diseases on many crops. Scouting for diseases and protection of crops will be critical in the upcoming days. More
Bitter pit showing up on apples at harvest.
Preharvest Assessment of the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp - News News
This article describes a new test methodology that is available for growers that are interested in trying to predict the potential for a lot of fruit to develop bitter pit in storage. More
Image Caption: Japanese beetles feeding on soybeans. Photo by Adriana Murillo-Williams.
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report for July 24, 2018 - News News
Our soybean scouting is finding minor insect/disease populations. Japanese beetles are abundant, but scout to see if they are causing significant defoliation. More
Organic production offers growers opportunities to produce high value crops. Here, a cover crop is being interseeded into organic corn. Photo Credit: Tosh Mazzone
Establishing an Organic Grain Cooperative in Pennsylvania - News News
Complete a survey about organic grain crops! Your input will help gauge interest in an organic grain cooperative and creating educational resources. More
Recent storms could bring diseases such as southern corn rust to PA. Alyssa Collins photo.
A Soggy Situation for Plant Disease - News News
How are our current wet weather patterns going to affect crop health? More
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Master Gardeners are Part of the Co-Op Farmer's Market - News News
The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County will be available to answer your gardening questions and give you the latest research-based information on home horticultural topics. 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
Longwood Gardens Continuing Education Program: A Milpa in Your Garden
Longwood Gardens Continuing Education Program: A Milpa in Your Garden - News News
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Longwood Gardens presented a practical, bilingual course in English and Spanish to teach participants how to make a milpa in the 21st Century. More
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Research Looks at Deep Sea Oil Biodegration - News News
Studies of major off-shore oil spills such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are important to determine long term effects at deeper levels. More
Photo Caption: Kyle Imhoff
Weather Outlook for the Week of August 7, 2018 - News News
More Unsettled, Wet Weather for the Coming Week More
Photo 1. Apple fruit injured by first-generation codling moth larvae. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes: 2018 Mid-Season Pest Management Update - News News
It is again time to look very carefully at pheromone traps placed in orchards. More
US Continues to Increase in Natural Gas and Oil Production
US Continues to Increase in Natural Gas and Oil Production - News News
The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) July drilling productivity report indicates growth in the seven major onshore unconventional shale basins for August. More
When trees look like telephone poles, they are either planted too deeply or mulched too deeply. Either way, it is not good for the tree! Photo: Sandy Feather, Penn State
Mulch Volcanoes Are Erupting Everywhere! - News News
Extension educators, arborists, and other knowledgeable horticulturists have railed against the prevalence of mulch volcanoes for decades. So why do we still see so much mulch piled around the trunks of trees? More
Downy mildew lesions on the upper surface of a cantaloupe leaf. Photo: Beth Gugino, Penn State
Vegetable Disease Update: July 19, 2018 - News News
No new reports of late blight since the confirmations on tomato in York County and on potato and tomato in southern Lancaster County a couple of weeks ago. More
Overall picture of white oak impacted by cynipid wasp galls. Photo: Sandy Feather, Penn State
Cynipid Wasp Galls: Making A Mess of White Oaks - News News
The Extension office received a sample of damaged white oak leaves from the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Given the amount of rain we have had all year, anthracnose was a possible suspect. 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
Heidi Myer, PSU Extension
Heidi Myer Joins Field and Forage Crops Team in York County - News News
Penn State Extension welcomed a new Field and Forage Crops Educator to York County in early July. More
Utility Vehicle (UTV) use on the farm is very common because of their ability to carry supplies in the cargo bed. Photo Credit: Andrew Frankenfield
ATV and Multipurpose Agricultural Vehicle (MAV) Safety Reminders - News News
Nearly every farm has a 4-wheeler or utility vehicle used to assist with farm activities. Keep safety in mind when operating these vehicles. More
Notice the size difference, Yellowjacket (bottom), European hornet (top). Photo courtesy of Jim Baker, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
The Giant Asian Hornet Scare - News News

The Giant Asian Hornet Scare

07/17/2018

There was a flurry of calls coming into area Penn State Extension offices a few weeks ago about the appearance of the giant Asian hornet. More
Elizabeth Hines, Ph.D. will serve as Penn State Extension Swine Specialist.
Hines Named Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Penn State - News News
Elizabeth A. Hines, Ph.D., was named Assistant Professor of Animal Science at Penn State, and serves as part of the Extension Livestock Team. More