Field Crop News
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.
With much of the eastern US experiencing dry and mild weather since the first of November, the next week will bring shots of some colder air to the state but with very little in the way of widespread precipitation.
Many have inquired about how late an herbicide application can be made in the fall and still be effective. Below are some comments about controlling perennials and winter annual weeds at this time of year.
It seems like we have a bit more ear rot out there in the Commonwealth this year. Here’s some tips on how to identify it, and what to do about it.
The warm fall coupled with timely planting has resulted in excellent growth of many small grain and cover crop fields across the state. While this is a bonus if you were looking to take a late fall harvest, it is not necessarily a good thing for winter survival.
The Pennsylvania Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program team has released 2016 results available to download.
Why not treat your forage crop with the same respect and attention you give your grain crops? Penn State Extension Hay Workshops share money-saving techniques to produce a high-yielding, high-quality hay crops. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Lancaster Farm and Home Center, Lancaster, PA. Cost is $20.00. Deadline to register is December 12th.
Mark your calendar! The 2017 Forage Conference will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Grantville Holiday Inn.
After some very heavy rains brought flooding to parts of central Pennsylvania late last week, sub-freezing temperatures across much of Pennsylvania in the middle of this week will bring frost/freeze issues and an end to the growing season across much of the state.
We conducted a cooperative trial with a number of other states to evaluate potential spring barley lines for use in malting. The results of this trial are located in our small grains variety testing site. Please find the link to this site below.
Corn stover is often used as ground cover for the winter seasons or baled for bedding during the cold months but it can also be utilized as an emergency forage in some situations where feed supplies are limited.
Reflect with us on last year’s soybean crop and make adjustments to your system for the coming year to increase yields and cuts costs by registering to attend a Soybean Production Workshop near you this December.
The innovative qualities of the Pennsylvania farmer is noteworthy and we’re canvassing the state to uncover those operators that have developed ways to make short work of planting cover crops and small grains.
Diligent equipment care and good maintenance practices are key management habits for optimizing the usefulness of agricultural implements and for controlling equipment costs over time. Equipment upkeep and field-readiness are characteristic hallmarks of a good manager.
Some pleasant days ahead, with a few opportunities for showers. Odds favor above average temperatures for the remainder of October.
Consider a fall herbicide application on your small grains if winter annual weeds are a problem.
When soybeans are ready to harvest, don’t delay…be ready when they’re ready.
While we have little evidence that Pennsylvania growers have suffered much from western bean cutworm, farmers in nearby states, including Ohio, New Yorker, Michigan, Ontario, and Indiana, have struggled to control this pest species, which feeds mostly in corn ears and has been feeding extensively on Bt corn varieties meant to control it. This open letter addressed to seed companies urges them to alter their claims about the value of the Cry1F trait meant to control western bean cutworm.