Northeast

Delayed fruit set and pumpkin development seen in 2020

Some pumpkin fields have seen a delay in fruit set due to high temperatures in late June and July in 2020. When set is delayed until August, the question is will the pumpkin develop and... more »

Late blight seen in Pennsylvania tomatoes; pests still a problem

September in the Northeast region has been dominated by warmer and drier than normal conditions, which has been layered on top of a warmer than average July and August. The hottest summer on record was... more »

Biopesticide startup gets $750K more in NSF funding

Cornell-based startup Ascribe Bioscience, which applies the emerging field of metabolomics to the soil microbiome to develop new products for agriculture, has won a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II... more »

It’s a good time to check vegetables for root knot nematode

As this growing season winds down, and for the next few weeks, it is a good time to examine vegetable roots for root knot nematode (RKN). I would be suspicious of having RKN if my... more »

Reimbursement of certification costs possible for New Jersey organic outlets

New Jersey organic producers and handlers may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of their organic certification costs under a federal program. Please note that there have been changes to the Cost Share Reimbursement... more »

Hort prof named to federal committee on minority growers

Elsa Sánchez, professor of horticultural systems management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. “USDA is excited to announce new... more »

Better test, water filtration for Cyclospora sought in research

Kali Kniel is navigating the relatively uncharted waters of developing a more accurate test for Cyclospora cayetanensis, an emerging pathogenic protozoan parasite possibly found in agricultural water supplies. "Cyclospora is kind of an enigma -... more »

Lef Farms works with front-line workers with food donations

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, New Hampshire-based lef Farms continues to do its part by providing hard-working front-line healthcare workers across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey with more than $250,000 in baby... more »


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