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  1. Be Alert for Spotted Lanternfly

    Apr 22, 2020

    The spotted lanternfly (SLF) (Lycorma delicatula) is a new non-native invasive insect pest to the United States. Spotted lanternfly is thought to be native to China, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan. However, it has been reported as a serious non-native, invasive pest in Korea. In the United States, it was discovered in 2014 in southeastern Pennsylvania, Berks County. Spotted lanternfly has the potential to cause harm to the tree fruit, grape, and hops industries.  
  2. Global Climate Change: Update 2020

    Feb 4, 2020

    The topic of global climate change has emerged over the past decade as the most widely discussed environmental subject in the world. It also shows no sign of taking a lower profile in coming years. The purpose of this fact sheet is to acquaint the reader with the basics of this topic by describing how global climate has changed in the past as well as why—along with a discussion of current temperature trends and what the future is likely to hold.
  3. Herbicide Resistance in Waterhemp

    Jan 21, 2020

    Problem: Waterhemp is becoming resistant to everything Waterhemp is a dioecious species, with separate male and female plants. Cross pollination results in tremendous variability within populations, which is evident from differences in plant color and other characteristics. This genetic variability results in a relatively high frequency of mechanisms that can impart resistance to herbicides, enabling waterhemp to develop resistance more rapidly than most weeds. Waterhemp can produce over 1,000,000 seeds per plant.