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Dairy Outlook: March 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: March 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania income over feed costs averages continue along the $8/milk cow/day levels. Marginal gains in milk income have been offset by increases in feed costs. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price remains plateaued around $18/cwt through the first quarter of 2019 with futures indicating moderate increases during the last two quarters. More
Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta
Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta - Articles Articles

Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, Lee Stivers

El Sistema de Extensión Cooperativa de Penn State tiene a su disposición una serie de plantillas, listas de verificación y registros para ayudar a los agricultores de frutas y vegetales frescos en la escritura de sus planes de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta. More
Various gourds and squash in bins after harvest. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (cbf.org)
Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles

Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers

Minimizing farm food safety risks are discussed along with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension contacts for information on FSMA food safety inspections and USDA audits. More
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Dairy Outlook: December 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: December 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price is projected to oscillate between $18.00 and 18.50/cwt in the first half of 2019 given current futures. Though slightly higher than 2018, it still may be at or below an operation's breakeven. More
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Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently - Articles Articles

Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently

Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Good decisions can only be made when a farm’s breakeven margin is known and monitored. More
"Fall Inspirations" by Erin Goodling
Dairy Outlook: November 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk prices appear to be starting a slow, methodical climb. Feed costs remain in flux with harvest and quality uncertainties. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism. More
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Dairy Outlook: September 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: September 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Milk prices remain on the low side of a four-year modest price range. Monitoring a producer's individual price regularly is vital to see trends and potential opportunities at the farm level. More
Corn earworm counts are rising throughout PA.
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: August 2, 2018 - News News
July started out dry and hot but transitioned quickly, with almost no warning, to very wet and hot. More
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
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Dairy Outlook: June 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: June 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk price continued slow climb, but milk margins remain tight. Current tumultuous environment in global trade may limit long term progress. 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
Figure 1. Caterpillar or sawfly? Accurate identification of the pest is critical when using bio-insecticides. Bt products will control small caterpillars, but would be ineffective on the sawfly larva shown in this photo.
Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals - Articles Articles

Bio-insecticides in Greenhouse Ornamentals

Ruth Benner, Lee Stivers

Bio-pesticides, also known as biological pesticides, are defined by the US EPA as pesticides derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, and certain minerals. 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
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Dairy Outlook: May 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: May 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Long term survival of a dairy operation will hinge on management’s ability to find ways to push the cost of production below $17.50/cwt while maintaining some level of reinvestment in the operation. More
The use of a triple sink wash system in combination with a sanitizer can help reduce the risk of pathogen contamination in fresh fruits and vegetable.
Video Series Answers Questions About Sanitizers in Wash Water - News News
A Penn State Extension farm food safety video series is available for fruit and vegetable growers seeking more detailed information on farm food safety of harvested crops. More
Female cuckoo bee, Triepeolus remigatus. Photo by Alex Surcică, Penn State
Protecting Pollinators: What Role Can the Greenhouse Industry Play? - News News
The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University recently released the Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan. More
Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan
Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan - Articles Articles

Tools for Writing a Farm Food Safety Plan

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Lee Stivers

Penn State Extension offers a set of templates, checklist and logs, to assist farmers of fresh fruits and vegetables in writing farm food safety plans. More
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BLOOM! A Movement to Improve the World Through the Power of Plants - News News
In response to rising plant blindness among American youth, a new campaign is inspiring young people to appreciate the plant world, and to see themselves engaged personally and professionally in that world. More
No Empty Chairs at Bilingual Workshop on GAP and Pruning Fruit Trees
No Empty Chairs at Bilingual Workshop on GAP and Pruning Fruit Trees - News News
On Saturday, April 7th, 2018, Penn State Extension offered a practical field training for Spanish-speaking growers and workers in the fruit industry. More
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Dairy Outlook: April 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: April 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Pennsylvania dairy cash flows continue to be upside down as income over feed cost and milk margins shrink and are below breakeven levels. More
Video Series: Integrated Weed Management and Scouting
Video Series: Integrated Weed Management and Scouting - News News
Managing weeds is one of the most challenging aspects of growing fruits and vegetables for commercial sale. More
Pepper plants. Photo: Lee Stivers, Penn State
Hot Water Treatment for Tomato and Pepper Seeds - News News
We have fielded a number of questions this winter about using hot water treatments for tomato and pepper seeds. More
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