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Spotted lanternfly and honey bees

In a previous column, I gave an update on spotted lanternfly (SLF) as it moves beyond its initial infestation area, southeastern Pennsylvania. And there is great concern because of its potential to create havoc in multiple industries; specifically, agriculture and recreation. But there may be ...

What are plant diseases?

One of the many challenges farmers face when growing crops is plant disease. Plant diseases reduce the quality and the quantity of the food, fiber, and ornamental crops we produce. Plants are considered “diseased” when some of their basic functions are impaired. For example, water uptake ...

On the march

A little over a year ago, I wrote an update on the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) and its reach within Pennsylvania and beyond. At the time, it was found in 26 Pennsylvania counties and several surrounding states. Since its identification in 2014, there has been an extensive effort to ...

Growing Tips

We often associate plants with specific holidays, such as poinsettias for Christmas and roses for Valentine’s Day. For Memorial Day, we think of poppies. As a small child, I remember going to Memorial Day parades where my mom would always buy small, bright red, silk poppies for my sister ...

New orchard of chestnut trees begins on Cherokee territory

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Imagine waking up 150 years ago, opening your window and looking out onto the Southern Appalachians. Within view would be any one of the billions of American chestnut trees that once covered the landscape. Places that are now considered coal country were chestnut ...