The combination of scorching heat and drought conditions heighten the potential for silo gas during harvest. Late season rainfall on drought-stressed corn in manured fields could produce higher-than-average nitrates resulting in high gas levels in silos.
The dry weather is continuing across most of the state, causing corn silage to dry down at rapid rates and allowing growers the possibility of getting into the fields for harvest earlier than expected.
Now is the time to start thinking about wheat planting.
At this time of year it is unlikely that managing these aphid populations will be economical, and there would be a further challenge of getting effective control given the size of the plants and getting material through the canopy down to the aphids. The point of this article, then, is to learn from this issue, so the problem can be avoided in future years.
This season we are ahead in growing degree days and also fairly dry in most areas in the state. As a result, corn and beans are drying down quickly, giving us an opportunity to chop, harvest and then plant wheat and other small grains early.
How a Combination of Subsoiling Combined with Cover Crops is Your Best Management. It has been unseasonably warm and dry lately. Some 600 more growing degrees have been accumulated for corn than average. So harvest of corn and soybeans is earlier than normal. How a Combination of Subsoiling Combined with Cover Crops is Your Best Management
Two weeks ago the marketing article brought up the concept of "market carry". Grain marketers should be doing the math using current harvest price bids as warm-up for doing these same calculation for-real at harvest.
While some Pennsylvania gardeners still have several more weeks to enjoy the growing season, the higher elevations could experience a killing frost before the end of September.
Despite it feeling like a wet and gray winter, it hasn’t translated into a very wet spring. We are blessed to have the giant sponges that are forested watersheds to help us out. Penn’s Woods isn’t just about the trees.
Pennsylvanians should prepare for dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain diseases carried by insects, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality, according to a new report on the impact of climate change from Penn State University. The report was authored by Dr. James Shortle with assistance from a multidisciplinary team of colleagues at Penn State.
In the last few days we have observed numerous older nymphs and adults of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) moving into orchards from adjacent woods and agronomic crops. Similarly as during the 2014 season, we are detecting brown marmorated stink bugs mostly on the edges of orchards bordering with woods but a much lower BMSB numbers on crops such as soybean or corn.
Fermented foods provide beneficial microbes to support a healthy gut. Research conducted and published in leading medical journals suggest that the health of the stomach may play a major role in preventing or fighting diseases.
While working the Wrightstown Grange Fair “Ask a Master Gardener” help desk I had many home gardeners either report that this was a bad season for “tomato blight” or ask questions about “blight” and how it can be avoided or “cured.”
Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) commissioned an analysis of how small Pennsylvania companies can be successful in delivering new products and services to the industry
Family meetings provide an opportunity to coordinate family schedules, improve communication, and have fun together.
Across Pennsylvania, the prevailing hot dry weather has slowed the progression of disease in many fields while increasing damage due spider mites, flea beetle and other insect pests.
New education and communications effort aims to advance public understanding of the science, technology and opportunity associated with Arctic energy exploration and development.
The month of August was very dry across the state of Pennsylvania. Most of the western and central Pennsylvania saw just half (or less) of their usual monthly rain totals. The upcoming seven days will continue to be dry with little in the way of widespread, organized precipitation.
With the early maturation of some corn and soybean crops, there could be some opportunities for planting barley this fall. Barley is often discounted in the marketplace, though, and this has limited its potential as a crop. Figuring out how to maximize the value of the crop is a key consideration to improve profitability.