Soil Solarization: Using the Sun as the Ultimate Biofumigant

Steve Bogash, Vegetable Crop Advisor Are you growing more intensively, but soil-borne diseases seem to keep getting ahead of you?  If the answer to this question is “yes”, please read on.  Diseases, insects, nematodes and other pests have many methods of finding their way into your soils.  Sometimes the plants or media on transplants is … Read more…

Growing Trellised Cucumbers

Crop Production Report: #2016004 Are you looking at empty greenhouse or high tunnel space now that your bedding plants, hanging baskets, and containers have been sold and moved out?  Consider growing trellised, parthenocarpic cucumbers.  This crop can be successfully grown in soil and in soilless media, so any structure will do.  Unlike tomatoes and peppers … Read more…

2016 Research and Educational Projects … Multiple Learning Opportunities

By Gary Shafer Albert Einstein stated, “Once you stop learning, you start dying”.. That being the case, then we’re pleased to announce that we are still very much alive! This coming season we have a variety of projects that will aid in solidifying our position as a premier source for agricultural and horticultural information.  We’ve … Read more…

Soil Testing for Improved Vegetable & Row Crop Production & Profit

Steve Bogash and Gary Shafer Managing soil nutrient levels is the first step in creating an abundance of high quality produce or crops.  The first step in this process is pre-plant soil testing nutrients followed by the application of nutrients based on the test results. Many fertilizer outlets or consultants offer soil sampling services, and … Read more…

Use of Colored Plastic Mulch In Vegetable Production

Does it really make a difference?  While black plastic mulch is the overwhelming choice of growers, there are many color options that can impact crop yield and quality that are worthy of consideration.  Many of the recommendations in the article that follows are from work done at the Penn State Rock Springs Research Farm in … Read more…

Farming Like You Expect Bacterial Disease

One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels.  Bacterial speck, spot, and canker have become regular challenges for tomato growers.  In spite of these challenges, it is possible to grow profitable tomato crops even with these challenges hanging over … Read more…