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Gray fuzzy sporulation characteristic of leaf mold on the underside of a tomato leaf. Yellow chlorotic spots will be visible on the upper leaf surface.
Leaf Mold on Tomato: Host Resistance is a Management Option - Articles Articles
Leaf mold is not just a high tunnel disease, it can also be a problem in the field when conditions are favorable. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Soil Quality Information - Articles Articles
Healthy soils yield healthy crops, But what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? More
Plastic tunnel for early transplants
Transplant Production - Eckerton Hill Farm - Articles Articles
Farm profiles give new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. More
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production - Articles Articles
These two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. More
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations
Biodegradable Mulch Demonstrations - Articles Articles
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings, Penn State Extension educators working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites around the state. More
Penn State's high tunnel facility.
Alternative Cropping Systems for High Tunnels - Articles Articles
The controlled environment and season extension characteristics of high tunnels open up opportunities for growers. More
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System
Building and Operating a Home Garden Irrigation System - Articles Articles
Have you ever wondered how commercial fruit and vegetable growers can consistently get such huge quantities of great produce even in dry years? More
Container Grown Tomatoes
Container Grown Tomatoes - Articles Articles
Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
Adam Sisson, Iowa State University,
Getting Started Using Biocontrols to Manage Insects and Diseases in High Tunnels - Articles Articles
Biological control of insects, mites and diseases has the potential to greatly expand the number of effective options in our pest management toolbox. More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. More
Despite the challenges of bacterial diseases, it is possible to have a profitable tomato crop. Photo: Andrew Frankenfield
Farming Like You Expect Bacterial Diseases - Articles Articles
One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. More
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers
General Recommendations for Growing Vegetables in Containers - Articles Articles
Basic steps include: making sure you have large enough containers, using great potting media, fertilizing, dealing with pests,and waterering. More
Bobbin attached to wire at top of tomato trellis.
High Tunnel Tomato Production Basics - Articles Articles
Tomatoes are king in high tunnels. Tom Ford, Penn State Extension, explains a few best management practices for successful high tunnel tomatoes. More
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables
Seasonal Classification of Vegetables - Articles Articles
Plants can be classified by the temperatures which produce optimum growth. The two broadest categories of plants based on temperature are cool-season and warm-season crops. More
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