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Japanese beetle on raspberries. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: July 12, 2018 - News News
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Mifflin County on July 11. Warmer weather throughout the state is helping crops along, but has also been good for insect pests. More
The potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae, is a pest that is easy to overlook until the damage - called "hopperburn" - "burns" you. Photo: Penn State College of Agriculture
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: June 28 2018 - News News
Wet weather and variable temperatures across the state continue to be challenging for vegetable and berry production. More
Photo: Tom Ford, Extensión de Penn State
Informe de Prueba del Suelo del Túnel Alto: pH del Suelo - News News
pH del suelo en una encuesta de 27 túneles altos en Pennsylvania More
Photo: Tom Ford, Extensión de Penn State
Informe de prueba del suelo del túnel alto: Niveles de nutrientes del suelo - News News
Niveles de fósforo, potasio, magnesio y calcio en una encuesta de 27 túneles altos en Pennsylvania. More
High tunnel tomatoes. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soil Nutrient Levels - News News
Phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), and calcium (Ca) levels in a survey of 27 high tunnels across Pennsylvania. More
Black rot on cabbage, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Note characteristic “V” shaped lesions starting at leaf margin. Photo: Lee Stivers, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: Mid-June 2018 - News News
Cloudy weather, rainstorms, and variable temperatures across the state have slowed some crops and created very favorable conditions for disease development. More
Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soil pH - News News
Soil pH in a Survey of 27 High Tunnels in Pennsylvania More
Pepper transplants. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: May 18, 2018 - News News
It’s no secret that this spring has been cold and wet across Pennsylvania. On many farms, planting has been delayed as much as three weeks, and many crops already in the ground are developing more slowly than usual. More
Is boron deficiency the cause of this internal browning discoloration in celeriac? Photo: Jennifer Glenister
Celeriac Production Issues In Pennsylvania - News News
In an effort to determine the size and scope of celeriac production issues in Pennsylvania, I need your assistance. More
An African Marigold being grown at the proper pH. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
Milk is Not a Substitute for Flowable Lime Rescue Treatments - News News
Low media pH has been known to increase the risk of iron and manganese toxicity in some horticultural crops like geraniums and African marigolds. More
High tunnel tomatoes. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Study: Growers Unaware of Water Quality Issues - News News
An ongoing project funded by the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers' Association looks at cropping and nutrient management issues in high tunnels. More
Yellow Striped Armyworm is on the March
Yellow Striped Armyworm is on the March - News News
And heading to your tomato greenhouse or high tunnel! More
Photo by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen Farm
Keeping Produce Fresh: Best Practices for Producers - Articles Articles
Fruit and vegetable producers can follow these best practices for keeping produce fresh and safe in the field, at harvest, and through proper postharvest steps of cooling, washing, storage, and packing. More
Tobacco Mosaic Virus on petunia. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Tobacco Mosaic Virus Prevention Starts with Worker Training - Articles Articles
The most important way that Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) can be spread from plant to plant is on workers' hands, clothing or on tools. More
Toigo Organic Farms sign. Photo: Bill Lamont
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Toigo Organic Farms is a 5 acre greenhouse farm that grows primarily tomatoes year-round, along with some eggplants and peppers. More
Altenanthera spp. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Elevated Sodium in Irrigation Water and Crop Injury - Articles Articles
Elevated sodium and chloride levels are being observed more frequently in private water supplies in rural areas. More
Epinasty is the increased growth of the upper surface of a plant part, such as a leaf, resulting in a downward bending of the part. Photo: Tom Ford
High Efficiency Vent-free Heaters and Ethylene Injury - Articles Articles
Growers looking to high efficiency vent-free heaters for their greenhouse operation may be disappointed in their performance when growing ethylene sensitive crops like tomatoes. More
Salt damage on a Leyland cypress. Photo: Tom Ford
Techniques for Dealing with Road Salt Injury - Articles Articles
Sodium chloride remains the predominant deicing compound utilized by residential property owners, township supervisors, and landscape contractors in our region. More
Phytotoxicity from the insecticide Spirotetramat on geraniums. Photo: Thomas G. Ford
Off-label Applications of Pesticides and Phytotoxicity - Articles Articles
Extension professionals and pesticide industry representatives consistently reminded growers to read the pesticide label thoroughly and observe all precautions listed on the label. More
Containerized garden mums waiting to be shipped.
Ethephon (Florel) Usage on Mums - Articles Articles
Today’s modern garden mum growers are benefitting greatly from improved genetics and the use of ethephon as a plant growth regulator. More
An ear of corn with healthy fresh silk. The grower will have to protect the silk with an insecticide as long as the silk is fresh and has not dried. Photo: Tom Ford
Bringing Worm-free Corn to Your Table - Articles Articles
Few people understand the challenges vegetable growers face in trying to produce the perfect worm-free ear of corn. More
Garlic Producer
Garlic Producer - Videos Videos

Garlic Producer

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

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Flower Production
Cut Flower Production - Articles Articles

Cut Flower Production

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

The specialty cut-flower business may fit well into a small-scale and part-time farming operation. More
Photo: William Lamont
On the Road: New Morning Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: New Morning Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

New Morning Farm is a certified organic diversified vegetable farm on 95 acres of land in Hustontown in southern Huntingdon County. More
Producción de Ajo
Producción de Ajo - Articles Articles

Producción de Ajo

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

El ajo es un cultivo que se adapta bien a una pequeña superficie o como parte de un negocio más grande de mercadeo directo que está en la búsqueda de diversificar su mezcla de cultivos. More
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