Field Crop News
Warm, dry conditions continue to dominate the weather across Pennsylvania.
Corn silage harvest is beginning to wind down in the southern portion of the state, with corn drying down rapidly. Harvest continues throughout the central and northern portions of the state.
Although silage harvest is starting to wrap-up in some areas of the state, it is just beginning in others. Be sure to educate yourself about the dangers of silo gas.
Penn State Extension Educators are regularly scouting 25 or so ‘typical’ soybean fields in nineteen counties across the state, reporting the populations of plant pathogens and insect pests that they find.
With the dry summer that was bestowed upon most of Pennsylvania these past few months, many farmers are finding themselves short on necessary feed to get through the winter and may be pushing the limits to get one last cutting in. When it comes to harvesting alfalfa for the final cutting, how late is too late?
As you make decisions for your winter small grains, take actions now that will enhance your crop’s health this fall and into the next year.
With silage harvest well underway and corn grain and soybean not far behind, a number of farmers are considering cover crop establishment this fall. Remember that some herbicides can persist and potentially influence successful cover crop establishment.
Recent research being conducted at Penn State is showing cover crops beneficial for suppression of problematic winter annual weeds.
Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates.
Please join Penn State Extension and the Ranck Family at their certified organic dairy farm to learn about current on-farm cover crop research projects.
While western parts of the state have seen upwards of 2-3 inches of rain over the past week, much of eastern PA has remained relatively dry since last Wednesday. The upcoming week will be relatively dry and seasonal as meteorological fall begins on Thursday.
Now is the time to think about controlling summer annual weeds, prior to seed set, in certain cropping systems.
Producers and crop scouts are reporting note-worthy worm infestations in field and sweet corn crops across the state that are most likely corn earworm, but another worm pest is possibly expanding its range in the northeast US which requires that we take a second look at these situations to confirm what we are seeing.
Corn silage dry down is hastening across the state, causing the need for farmers to monitor moisture levels so the optimum dry matter is achieved for ensiling and helping to ensure optimum forage quality.
A three-year NESARE-funded on-farm project demonstrates improved forage inventories and soil quality on two Pennsylvania farms.
Plant pathologists from all the major corn-growing regions of North America have joined forces to bring you some new resources!
Combines are one mechanism for the spread of herbicide-resistant seeds from one field to another; thorough cleaning and knowledge of the combine’s prior use can prevent the introduction of new herbicide-resistant weeds to your fields.
The interest in rye for distilleries continues to grow and so our research work will continue to develop to help producers and processors with improved information.
As summer progresses and the soybean crop nears maturity insect issues become less consequential while other late-season yield robbers take center stage.