Penn State Extension’s Black Cutworm Monitoring Network has now detected six significant flights of this migratory pest species across the state. Black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch your fields as the spring progresses.
Applying any urea containing fertilizer to the soil surface during warm, dry, windy conditions will maximize the potential for N volatilization losses. This loss occurs quickly, starting within hours following application with most of the loss occurring within 2 days following application.
This is a good time of year, as the alfalfa is rapidly growing and gaining height, to decide if it will be a healthy productive stand for another year, or if you should consider rotating to corn after first cutting.
Dry weather can affect both soil applied and postemergence herbicide performance. All soil applied herbicides require rainfall to mobilize them for effective weed control. In general, rainfall should occur within 7 to 10 days after application or before weed emergence.
We initiated a marestail/horseweed soybean study at our Landisville research farm that has a great deal of promise and another noteworthy trial we are conducting is on Palmer amaranth.
Corn planting got off to a great start this week and yield prospects are good at this point. We are continuing our tradition of the Five Acre Corn Club this year to document the yields that top growers are achieving around the state.
The sudden change to summer like conditions will likely speed corn emergence compared to normal. This rapid emergence will be good in some ways for assessing stands but shortens the window for pre-emergent herbicide applications.
There’s lots of interest in locally grown food and feed and now considerable interest is developing in growing malting barley for local malting to ultimately be used by craft brewers in the state. Join us on June 11th for an afternoon field day on this new crop market.
Sacrifice lots can be seeded to annuals for quick growth and cover or seeded into perennials if the sacrifice lot can be rotated each year.
It is always important to remember that the major reason for yield failure in Pennsylvania is lack of moisture during the summer. So what can farmers do to make the most of natural precipitation?
Full bloom came on extremely rapidly across the state over the past few days. Prior to this weekend most areas of the state were a little behind the normal timing of flower development. However, the warm temperatures of the weekend across the entire state pushed flower development.
A weather system moving East will be bringing rain Tuesday into Wednesday. At the same time we are experiencing the peak period for dispersal of mature scab spores. The predictive models indicate May 5 - 6, 2015 will be a scab infection period. Growers need to protect trees to prevent scab infection during this critical period.
For the first time, blacklegged (deer) ticks have now been observed in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania, according to researchers at The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The range expansion took place in just decades, as similar studies conducted in the mid-1960s found no specimens.
As our landscapes grow and develop, the health of our streams and rivers have been impaired. What we do on the land, or what we cover it with, affects the quantity (volume and velocity) and quality (pollutant levels) of the rainfall that enters our waterways; what many call stormwater.
The House Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on House Bill 48 (Godshall-R-Montgomery) setting drinking water well construction standards (sponsor summary) on May 12.
The Laurel Highlands Prosper site in Fayette County successfully completed their first Strengthening Families Program 10-14 this month.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, serves as Chapter Secretary and was a founding member in 2000, of the PA CleanWays Chapter in McKean County. In April of 2015, PA CleanWays of McKean County, an affiliate of Keep PA Beautiful, completed a cleanup on Pine Grove Road in Annin Township, along the banks of the Allegheny River.
Brown marmorated stink bug adults are slowly emerging from their overwintering shelters. The five percent egg hatch of Oriental fruit moth (and the optimal timing to start controlling OFM) is expected around May 7th in the Biglerville area. All pheromone traps for monitoring fruit pests except traps for obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) and peach tree borer (PTB) should already be placed in orchards.
Whether in the fresh produce section of your local grocery store or at a seasonal farmers market, which leafy green herb are you looking for: cilantro or flat leaf parsley?