Field Crop News
Parts of central Pennsylvania (encompassing approximately 40% of the total state) has entered the “abnormally dry” category, according to the US drought monitor. While recent rain showers and thunderstorms have brought some reprieve, many places are still much drier than normal. Over the next seven days, there will be some opportunities for widespread beneficial rains across the state.
Historically glyphosate resistant horseweed was limited to the southeastern Pennsylvania down into the Delmarva and West in Ohio, but now it is much more common in central PA and has appeared in western PA as well.
Significant numbers of Black Cutworm moths have been trapped in some locations in PA. Alfalfa weevil and cereal leaf beetles populations need to be monitored in the upcoming weeks.
Spending some time going over your sprayer this spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later this spring.
The survey to inventory farm conservation practices will close Saturday, April 30th. If you are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed please consider answering the survey online.
A return to more “seasonal” temperatures by the weekend, with an extended period of dry weather in the horizon.
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When profit margins get thin (or disappear) we tend to focus more on markets and marketing as a way to generate profits. Unfortunately, we can only take the price offered and in some cases this price does not meet our expectations. The challenge then becomes – “What do we do?”
During the next 10 days, forage growers around Pennsylvania have just two things they need to focus on accomplishing.
Be on the lookout, as alfalfa weevil are hatching in the southern counties.
Sorting through some of the differences between soil health tests can be challenging. Penn State offers a Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet that may be beneficial.
Keep an eye out for some leaf diseases in your wheat crop.
The allium leafminer (also known as the onion leafminer) has recently been detected and confirmed from infested leeks and onions in Lancaster County. This is the first confirmed infestation in the Western Hemisphere. Your assistance is needed for monitoring and controlling this new invasive species.
A very mild March has preceded a rather cold start to April. While there will be some swings in temperatures for the upcoming week, it will remain unseasonably cold for much of the next seven days. Most of the state has experienced relatively dry conditions over the past two to four weeks, but some much-needed rain will arrive to parts of the region over the next couple of days.
Prior to this week’s cool weather, a number of farmers and applicators are thinking or even starting to apply burndown herbicides. Remember that all vegetation should be actively growing and capable of intercepting the herbicide spray (e.g. not covered with crop residue). Air temperature before, during, and after application can influence control with burndown.
Many winter grains in southern PA are currently in a susceptible growth stage and we have now had two nights of hard freezes that could impact their yield potential. What does that mean?
Alfalfa fields have been growing well across most of Pennsylvania. We have experienced a few nights in the twenties or lower in the past week. Low temperatures, whether visible frost is present or not, may affect the growth of both established forage plants, as well as newly emerged seedlings.
The 2015 North American Manure Expo, which was co-hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is being recognized with the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, Pennsylvania's "highest honor bestowed upon businesses or organizations for environmental performance and innovation."