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Bee Losses Down But Still Too High

Beekeepers across the United States lost 33 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2016 to April 2017, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss–and consequently, total annual losses–improved compared with last year. – See more here.[...]

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Plasticulture for Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are planted from the end of May through the middle of June in our region. Commonly production is on ridges in conventionally tilled soil. I was recently asked about the potential to plant sweet potatoes using plasticulture (plastic mulch and drip irrigation). While not common in our region because of the cost, this [...][...]

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Managing Orange Rust in a Bramble Planting

Question: I’m attempting to manage orange rust in a bramble planting. I know what the early spindly growth looks like in the spring, and I am familiar with the orange cheese puff-looking stage. But what happens between these 2 stages and what symptoms should I be looking for? Chris Claridge, Albany, NY. See answer here.[...]

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Penn State Researchers Hope to Extend Berry Growing Season in the Northeast

June marks the start of what many here in the Northeast believe is the sweetest part of summer — berry season. It’s a time ripe with strawberry festivals, pick-your-own-berries and local farmers’ markets.  For berry lovers and local farmers, the season is much too short — usually about one month of strawberry harvest and another [...][...]

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Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool?

Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool? Posted: May 16, 2017 You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.  In most cases, the media and general public refer to [...][...]

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Pest Scouting with Your Smartphone

 Have you noticed lately that many interstate rest stops are now called text stops? While the ever growing ubiquity of the smartphone has come with some issues, there are many opportunities to use this technology to make our lives a little easier, even on the farm.  Pest scouting is an important part of any farm [...][...]

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Specialty Crop Tour for Young Growers is June 14

This tour will be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs which hosts research projects for agronomic and horticultural crops on June 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  No fee for the event but please sign up by June 7th! Tour Schedule 10:00 am – Meet at Plant [...][...]

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New Spinach Genome Makes Popeye Proud

While you may not gulp spinach by the can-fuls, if you love spanakopita or your go-to appetizer is spinach artichoke dip, then you’ll be excited to know that new research out of Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) will make it even easier to improve this nutritious and delicious, leafy green.  Today in Nature Communications, researchers from [...][...]

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Grower Conference Calls Scheduled for 2017

For the past two years PVGA and the Vegetable Marketing and Research Program have been conducting monthly grower conference calls during the season to allow growers to talk about problems they are experiencing during the season – and hear recommendations from Penn State experts for  solving them.  This year it has been suggested that the [...][...]

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Garlic Virus Problems Found Early This Year

Last year I had an article sometime in July about what I called “garlic viruses” which I had not seen in our area before, but I know must have been around before this. This year some garlic growers are noticing this virus complex already in their fields and I am not sure if that is [...][...]

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