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Current Vegetable and Small Fruit Issues – June 13

Penn State Extension Specialists and Educators from across the state discussed the following issues currently being seen on farms in Pennsylvania during their recent bi-weekly conference call: General conditions: Less rain, more heat, crops are finally moving along.  We saw some beautiful product (leafy greens, green onions) coming out of high tunnels this spring. Some [...][...]

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Current Vegetable and Berry Issues

Growers and others should be aware of several important issues that were discussed by the Penn State Extension vegetable, berry and mushroom team during this week’s conference call. Allium leafminer damage to onions and garlic. This was the most common issue by far and is being seen in central and south-central PA in addition to [...][...]

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Allium Leafminer Spring Update: May 30, 2017

The allium leafminer adult spring flight is done for the season!  However, the larva and pupa are the now the main concern.  See more here.[...]

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Researchers Test Self-Destructing Moth Pest

Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce. It’s a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths, a voracious consumer of cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous crops that’s notorious for its ability to shrug off every new poison [...][...]

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New Technology Helps Control Nematodes

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are applying drug-delivery technology to agriculture to control parasitic roundworms more effectively and safely. The tiny roundworms, or nematodes, cause $157 billion in crop failures worldwide each year, other researchers estimate, largely because they’re beyond the reach of pesticides. The chemicals disperse poorly into soil, while the parasites feed [...][...]

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Solving the Nitrogen Fixation Mystery

Inspired by a natural process found in certain bacteria, a team of Caltech researchers is inching closer to a new method for producing fertilizer that could some day hold benefits for farmers — particularly in the developing world — while also shedding light on a biological mystery. Fertilizers are chemical sources of nutrients that are [...][...]

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PVGA History Documented on Website

We have been working at including some historical information about PVGA and the people involved in the Association in the past.  You can now read about the past Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers of the Association here.  You can also read about those members who have been honored with a life membership in the Association here.  For [...][...]

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Vegetable Marketing Information Added to PA Veggies Website

If you are a new grower selling your produce wholesale, you might want to review some of the marketing tips newly posted on the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program’s website – www.paveggies.org.  The information, previously published in the form of brochures, includes general wholesale marketing advice as well packing guidelines for various crops and [...][...]

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Proposed Budget Cuts Crop Insurance Funding

The White House today released details of its FY2018 proposed budget, which included steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies.   The American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and National Crop Insurance [...][...]

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Perdue Addresses Reduced USDA Budget

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement on the proposed FY 2018 budget:  “President Trump promised he would realign government spending, attempt to eliminate duplication or redundancy, and see that all government agencies are efficiently delivering services to the taxpayers of America.  And that’s exactly what we are going to do at the [...][...]

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