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 June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
Much of western PA has observed between two and four inches of rain since last week, while much of eastern PA has seen between one-half to one inch of rain during the same period. Because of the wet late Spring/early summer, all of the state has been lifted from abnormally dry or moderate drought status, according to the US Drought Monitor. The best chance for widespread, organized precipitation over the next week will come late this week and into the weekend.
Midseason Weed Control Issues
June 21, 2017
As we proceed through the growing season, there are a few issues surrounding weed control and herbicide use. Below are some items to consider.
Pay Attention to Seed Options When Replanting Following Slug Damage
June 21, 2017
We have heard that many folks are considering replanting corn and/or soybean following heavy slug damage this spring. Particularly for corn, we thought it would be prudent to remind folks to pay attention to the various genetic, insect-resistant traits and seed-applied treatments that are available because all that is offered is not always necessary.
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program
June 21, 2017
Soybean fields in our program continue to put on new growth and appear to be leaving slug damage behind. From the reports we have this week pest populations remain low, bean leaf beetles are active, but nothing concerning yet. Keep in mind that in their vegetative stages soybeans can tolerate up to 25% defoliation without dropping yield, so do not overreact if you find some feeding damage in your fields. For diseases, none have been reported this week. From last week, the field that may have had the beginnings of Septoria brown spot was a false alarm.
Upcoming Soil Health Field Days
June 21, 2017
Save the dates for these summer field day events which will provide on-farm research updates and farmer tips for soil health, grazing, and cover crops.