Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




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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 –  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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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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