Northeast

Mid-summer management of insect pests in fruit orchards outlined by PSU

In most Pennsylvania fruit orchards the first-generation activities of codling moth, tufted apple bud moth, or oblique-banded leafroller adult moths are almost over. It will take from two to four weeks before the second generation... more »

Del./Md./Va. researchers increase farmers’ market capacity and safety

Ensuring produce sold at Delmarva farmers' markets is safe and preparing local farmers to comply with a federal Food Safety Modernization Act in 2021 are twin objectives of a nearly half-million dollar U.S. Department of... more »

Newly discovered pathogen in NY apples causes bitter rot disease

In a study of New York state apple orchards, Cornell University plant pathologists have identified a new fungal pathogen that causes bitter rot disease in apples. In addition, a second related fungus known to cause... more »

George Hamilton gets National Association of County Ag Agents Hall of Fame award

George Hamilton is more used to dealing with outbreaks of insects and crop disease than with an outbreak of a pandemic. Hamilton, a field specialist at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, works to develop and... more »

Employer compliance with COVID-19 legal requirements forum topic

The third in a series of Penn State Extension grower forums on “Protecting Essential Agricultural Business Operations and Employee Health during COVID-19" will be held on July 9, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Brook Duer,... more »

It’s time to evaluate the nutritional status of fruit trees

Unlike agronomic or most vegetable crops, orchards are perennials. Therefore, they can potentially take up soil-applied/supplied nutrients at any time of the year if conditions are favorable. Collecting leaf tissue for determining deficient or excessive... more »

Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, gets leadership award

In honor of his outstanding guidance, Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, received the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors award for distinguished leadership. The award, which recognizes those who have served the national... more »

Updates on soil moisture-based irrigation for orchards

Now is the time to consider the use of soil moisture sensors in orchards to provide guidance for irrigation scheduling. Installation and monitoring of the data produced are simple procedures and can provide excellent benefits... more »


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