Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Johnny's will be Participating in Bejo Seed's August Open House and Demonstration Trials

This August, Johnny's will again be a part of the Bejo Seed's Open House. Stop by our booth and say hello!

Members of our Research Department
at the 2012 Bejo Seeds Open House
At our booth, you'll have a chance to:
We will be on hand at the Johnny's booth throughout the Open House to answer your questions and discuss all your tools and supplies needs.

Bejo will also be providing refreshments as well as a light lunch for attendees on Tuesday, August 27.

Event Details

When: Tuesday-Wednesday, August 27-28, 2013 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Where: 4188 Pre Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456
Please RSVP at: (315) 789-4155

Monday, July 29, 2013

Herbs to Plant Now for a Fall Harvest

Looking to complement your harvest of fall vegetables this year? Herbs can be a great addition to your market offerings. Herbs like Parsley, Sage, and Leaf Fennel are perfect companions to your selection of winter squash and onions.

Below is a list of suggested Herbs that you can plant now to harvest this fall:
Leaf Fennel
Root Parsley
Herbs are a great way for your customers to season their roasted winter vegetables. They can also be sold fresh for immediate use, or easily dried and stored to be used at a later date. 

Name those Herbs!
Leave a comment below this Blog post, and name the two Herbs featured in the photo above.

One randomly selected person who comments correctly will win a packet of seeds of each of the Herbs featured in the picture.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Combating Spotted Wing Drosophila and Late Blight

In recent weeks, Spotted Wing Drosophila and Late Blight have been popping up on growing operations throughout the Northeast. Below are some tips for preventing these issues from becoming a serious problem this year.

Late Blight on Tomato
Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) occurs each year in many areas of the United States and the world. There are steps that you can take in order to reduce late blight recurrence this growing season.

  • Pull up and throw away or burn any volunteer potato plants — these sprout from tubers that may have gone unseen in the soil last fall during clean up and/or in the compost pile.
  • Plant certified disease-free potato seed pieces — do not use seed pieces saved from last season.
  • Follow recommended crop spacing and soil fertility, maximize greenhouse and hoophouse air circulation, reduce insect pressures.
  • Cull any and all tomato or potato plants if they display late blight symptoms by throwing away or burning plant debris.
  • Treat plants with a preventative copper spray. We recommend item #9778, Champ® WG Copper Fungicide (OG)
  • Treat plants with hydrogen dioxide for prevention and treatment of late blight infections. We recommend item #9719, Oxidate® (OG).

According to the Vermont Veg & Berry Newsletter, late blight has been confirmed in Franklin County, MA on tomato plants on July 11th, and in Erie County, NY on tomato plants July 10th, and on potato plants July 9th. Previous reports in FL, WV, LA, TN, MD, KY, VA, NC, and WI have been confirmed as P. infestans strains US-23 and US-7. You can track disease progress at USA BLIGHT.

View our informative videos on Identifying Late Blight and Controlling Late Blight at

Spotted Wing Drosophila on Beries
Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii). According to MOFGA’s Pest Report of July 11, 2013, compiled by Eric Sideman, PhD, MOFGA’s Organic Crop Specialist, “The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has been found in Maine this week, and was found in southern New England a week or two ago.” Here are some need-to-know facts about SWD, per MOFGA’s Pest Report:

  • This fruit fly is a new pest in our region; it is a common pest in parts of Asia.
  • The tiny fly looks like a typical fruit fly, but the males have a spot on each wing that you can barely see with the naked eye.
  • Common fruit flies that we see here only go after overripe and rotting fruit. The SWD is a much greater problem because it can attack sound fruit and has been very damaging to raspberries, blueberries, and other late summer soft fruit.
  • Two years ago was the first year in which it was seen in large numbers in Northern New England.
  • In as few as 8 days it goes from eggs to new adults laying more eggs, so populations can explode quickly.

If you’re battling Spotted Wing Drosophila, you may want to explore our effective Organic Controls for combating this issue. Specifically, Entrust® SC (OG) is extremely effective against Spotted Wing Drosophila. You can learn more about Entrust® SC (OG) on here »