Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

FSMA/Risk Management Seminar June 1 in Tamaqua

The Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) in cooperation with the PA Department of Agriculture will be holding a community service seminar on June 1 to inform farmers/agriculture producers about their compliance requirements under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as well as tools for risk management.  Held in Tamaqua, It will cover [...][...]

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Seed Vigor in Sweet Corn Revisited

Uneven or poor stands may be caused by reduced seed vigor in a specific lot of sweet corn seed. This results in reduced yields in fresh market sweet corn and may cause losses in processing corn if differences in growth are significant.  See more here.[...]

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Dickeya dianthcola Update

Several plants with suspected Dickeya dianthicola symptoms have been reported in the mid-Atlantic region in spring 2017 and sent for diagnosis. The results of the tests are still pending. Growers should be vigilant in scouting their fields. If you see any suspect symptoms of blackleg, or your potatoes had poor emergence, or you believe that [...][...]

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Seeding and Transplanting Vegetables

Stand establishment means getting the crop off to a quick, healthy, and uniform start in the field. It also means using a planting arrangement that provides adequate room for plants to grow and develop, and one that makes it easy to manage the crop throughout the season. Weed control, pest control, fertilizer applications, irrigation, timing [...][...]

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“Waters of the US” to be Redefined

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army sent a letter to governors today soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in-line with a Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the 2006 Rapanos v. United States case. Scalia’s definition explains that federal oversight should extend to “relatively permanent” [...][...]

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Capitol Hunger Garden Planted

On May 10 Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-19) (shown in picture at the right planting the first tomatoes) were joined by members of the Legislative Hunger Caucus and numerous hunger awareness advocates, who came together for a public event to mark the eighth season opening of the Capitol Hunger [...][...]

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Drivers of Insecticide Use

Over the past half century, food production has intensified to meet the growing demand. And as agricultural fields have become ever larger, more pesticides are required to enhance yield.  Among increasingly huge spreads of single crops, insects tend to thrive as the landscape leaves little habitat for natural enemies such as birds or other predators. [...][...]

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Perdue Indicates Trump May Allow Undocumented Farm Workers to Stay

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday said President Trump may be open to creating a way for some undocumented immigrant workers to stay in the U.S. and Perdue is already working on a “blueprint” of policy guidelines to offer the president.  Refusing to call it a pathway to citizenship, Perdue says he would like [...][...]

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Tillage Practices Damages Earthworms

The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists.  The findings published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology show a systematic decline in earthworm populations in soils that are ploughed every year. The deeper the soil is disturbed the more [...][...]

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Allium Leafminer Spring Update: May 1

Protect every chive, onion and garlic! The allium leafminer is here!   The allium leafminer is here and beginning to reach peak populations as of last week, April 25th to April 30th.  See more here.[...]

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