Crops and Soils

The Extension Field and Forage Crops Team provides producers with research-based information on grain and forage crops, soil quality, and nutrient management.

Field Crop News

Weather Outlook for July 19, 2017
July 19, 2017
Rather warm and humid conditions will persist through early next week. More unsettled weather will arrive by later Thursday into Friday of this week.
Corn Silking and Early Kernel Development
July 19, 2017
Corn and soybeans have survived a rough spring with challenging weather and pest concerns but yield prospects have been improving during the last two weeks as we approached silking. Observations made during this time can help to determine stand health and predict silage harvest dates.
Figure 1 Penn State SEAREC- 2014 Corn Response to Fungicide Applications- D.G. Voight and A. Collins.
When to Consider Foliar Fungicide Applications on Corn
July 19, 2017
Under certain conditions, applying a fungicide to corn may provide an economic return. A look at few key criteria will help in determining whether to apply fungicides or wait things out.
Soybean showing cupped and crinkled leaves on July 17 at our Rock Springs Agronomy Farm.
Is Herbicide Drift Coming to the Mid-Atlantic?
July 19, 2017
Concerns for plant growth regulator off-target crop injury are on the rise. What will we experience here in the Mid-Atlantic this summer?
 Figure 1. Corn leaf aphid. Photo by Del Voight, Penn State Extension, Lebanon County.
Corn Leaf Aphid: Learn from the Trouble of Others and Avoid Unnecessary Insecticides
July 19, 2017
Corn Aphids have become a recent problem on some farms in Pennsylvania and are the result of imbalances of natural predators. Fortunately, through scouting and the use of economic thresholds this problem can be avoided.