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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
Rugosa flowers are not only attractive but they are fragrant and attract pollinators. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Rugosa Rose: An Alternative to a Fence - News News
Fences are placed between properties for several reasons; to delineate boundaries, privacy (i.e. nosy neighbors), or keep animals/kids out of an area. 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
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
Three-point hitch plastic mulch layers are utilized on many Pennsylvania vegetable farms to take advantage of raised beds to provide warmer better drained soil. In addition, crops stay off ground and can be easier to pick. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Vegetable Equipment Demonstrations Coming to 2018 Ag Progress Days - News News
Vegetable production is becoming big business in Pennsylvania and the numbers seem to back it up. 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
Close-up of fringetree flowers which have some fragrance to them. Photo: Mike Masiuk, Penn State
Spring Floral Display: Chionanthus Virginicus, White Fringetree - Articles Articles
Although the common name, white fringetree, alludes to a tree, it is often treated as a large shrub in the landscape, reaching a range of anywhere from 12 to 20 feet. More
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Will the Quarantine Effort for Spotted Lanternfly Work? - News News
For the past few years, there have been numerous Penn State Extension articles on the emerging spotted lanternfly (SLF) issue. More
Photo: Bill Lamont, Penn State
Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Timothy Elkner, Robert Pollock, Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We evaluated twenty-one pumpkin cultivars in 2016 and 2017. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm - Pack House

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont

This 2017 growing season we’ve been following potato planting and harvesting at Huntsinger Farms Inc. More
Waste watermelon on the edge of picnic grounds serves as a sugar buffet for honeybees and yellow jackets. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
Bees and Wasps: Foraging for Food in the Fall - Articles Articles
In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Harvesting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

We met up with Kris Rutko and Jared Maurer at Huntsinger Farms to see early potatoes being harvested. More
Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms
Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms - Videos Videos

Harvesting Potatoes at Huntsinger Farms

Tom Butzler, Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D.

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A compilation of video clips and stills gives the viewer the labor, time, and equipment that is needed in modern day potato production. More
Queen Anne’s Lace is commonly found along roadsides
Is It a Weed? - Articles Articles

Is It a Weed?

Tom Butzler

Controlling weeds is important in landscape beds. They appear unsightly and compete with the desirable plants for light, nutrients, moisture. More
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction
On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sugar Valley Produce Auction

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited the Sugar Valley Produce Auction located just outside of Loganton, Pennsylvania. More
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting
On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting - Articles Articles

On the Road: Huntsinger Farm – Potato Planting

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Huntsinger Farm Inc. in Hegins, Pennsylvania specializes in potato production, packing, and wholesale marketing. More
Damage to a row of boxwoods from boxwood leafminer. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
The Boxwood Leafminer Makes Its Yearly Entrance in Spring - Articles Articles
Boxwoods have many positive qualities that make it one of the most popular shrubs in the landscape. More
Paper wasps typically build their nest in high protected structures such as house or barn eaves.
Should Growers Befriend Wasps? - Articles Articles
Small fruit and vegetable growers understand the role that honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees play in pollination of crops. More
Beekeeping 101
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This online course about the science and practice of beekeeping is for beginning beekeepers. It covers bee biology and behavior, hive management, equipment, bee products, and more. More
Above top, firepower — the flower of Hydrangea paniculata “Bulk,” also known as Quick Fire, is one of the earliest to emerge of this species and turns an attractive pinkish-red. Bottom, hydrangea arborescens “Annabelle” is blooming now in our state.
Take a Look at Hydrangeas - Articles Articles
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Evergreens near a high use roadway are wrapped with burlap to give some protection from damaging salt spray.
Salt Spray Damage and Evergreen Plants - Articles Articles
Evergreens provide year long interest in the landscape and are normally pretty hardy during the winter months. More
A fresh snowfall shows great contrast between the white snow and the blue, shrunken fruit of Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’.
Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ - Articles Articles
V. nudum ‘Winterthur’ is well adapted to most of the mid-Atlantic region and southern US, and performs well in a variety of conditions. More
Climbing hydrangea will cover any structure adding an interesting element into the landscape. From afar, the two different flower structures can be very attractive. Photo: Tom Butzler
The Climbing Hydrangea - Articles Articles

The Climbing Hydrangea

Tom Butzler

Although not native to North America, climbing hydrangea is well suited for our area; up to zone 4. More
The fragrant yellow flowers open in early spring and standout against the backdrop of the green foliage.
The Multi-Faceted Oregon Grapeholly - Articles Articles
Looking to add some diversity and oomph to your pollinator garden? Or maybe create a landscape that you can also eat? Check out the Oregon grapeholly. More
On the Road—Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm
On the Road—Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road—Furmano’s and Earl Lake Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom Butzler

In May, 2016 we visited with Scott Hoffman, Field Manager with Furmano’s, a tomato grower and packer that was started by JM and Emma Furman in 1921. More
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