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Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Post-Hurricane Harvest

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, Greg Krawczyk, and Rob Crassweller confer about which cultivars are ripening around the state. Rob talks about paraquat application. Greg outlines some of the important end-of-season insect pests and management, and Kari discusses post-harvest rots and their management.

Penn State Extension Victory Garden Program supports Latino community

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners expected there would be a renewed interest in home gardening in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, they developed the 10-part “Victory Garden Reinvented!” webinar series to support gardeners across the country.

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Introducing Dr. Long He, Agriculture Engineer, Penn State — plus current concerns for the season

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, Greg Krawczyk, and Rob Crassweller are joined for the first time by Dr. Long He, Penn State agriculture engineer. Dr. He describes his work and background and talks about future projects. Kari, Greg, and Rob also discuss current season concerns.

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Mid-Season Concerns and Weather Station Installation

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, Greg Krawczyk and Rob Crassweller talk about what growers should be keeping an eye on during mid-season development, including the end of periodical cicadas for 2021. They also discuss how one should go about finding a weather station to install on-farm. Special consideration is given to having a station with compatibility to the NEWA system from Cornell University: http://newa.cornell.edu/

Podcast: Dr. Tree Fruit and Don - Thinning Advice and an Insect Extravaganza

Don Seifrit, Kari Peter, and Greg Krawczyk are joined by Dr. Jim Schupp (Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center) for the first time. Dr. Schupp is a pomology professor, and he highlights some of the most important considerations for spring thinning. Greg talks about the complex entomology issues facing PA this spring, and Kari discusses the fire blight concerns facing orchardists.

Plant pathologist receives grant to develop disease management tools for wheat

Paul Esker, a plant pathologist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received a $455,000 grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support a five-year integrated research and extension project designed to improve management recommendations for wheat.

Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

Three individuals have received the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Learn what Penn State Extension’s Latinx Ag Network offers on new Facebook page

Penn State Extension is connecting with Latinx agriculturists in essential food businesses to provide timely outreach and science-based education on farm production, food safety and workplace risk management.

Plant Disease Clinic remains open, now accepting electronic samples

The Plant Disease Clinic remains open during the novel coronavirus pandemic to provide essential services for Pennsylvania agriculture. The clinic is operating with limited lab hours and working remotely when possible to continue identifying plant diseases and providing management recommendations.

Vegetable pathology professor receives Excellence in Extension Award

Beth Gugino, professor of vegetable pathology in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received this year’s Excellence in Extension Award presented by the American Phytopathological Society. This year’s meeting, Plant Health 2019, was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from Aug. 3 to 7.