Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

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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Poor Stands or Stand Losses Issues

As spring planting season continues at a rapid pace, there are more reports of poor stands or stand losses in vegetable crops. The culprits are often soil insects or diseases; however, lower quality seed or plants can also be a source of the problem. You will most commonly see problems with lower quality plants or [...][...]

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Penn State Vegetable – Small Fruit Current Issues May 16

Here’s an update on some of the topics discussed by the Penn State Extension Vegetable, Small Fruit and Mushroom team during our May 16 conference call. Allium leafminer presence.  Overwintered adults are nearing the end of their spring flight, with symptoms of damage from ALM expected to become more evident on susceptible crops (onion, garlic, [...][...]

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Allium Leafminer Spring Update: May 15, 2017

Does Allium Leafminer dislike rainy days too? Or is the population truly declining?  The allium leafminer adult population is potentially starting to decline as of the second week of May.  We are unsure if this is due to the cooler rainy weather or a true population decline. We suggest leaving row covers on for a [...][...]

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