Field Crop News
The month of August was very dry across the state of Pennsylvania. Most of the western and central Pennsylvania saw just half (or less) of their usual monthly rain totals. The upcoming seven days will continue to be dry with little in the way of widespread, organized precipitation.
With the early maturation of some corn and soybean crops, there could be some opportunities for planting barley this fall. Barley is often discounted in the marketplace, though, and this has limited its potential as a crop. Figuring out how to maximize the value of the crop is a key consideration to improve profitability.
Dry weather conditions across most of the state are hastening corn silage dry down, causing the potential need for growers to get in the fields earlier than planned.
This week we have eight reports covering seven counties. Insect pressure remains low in most areas, though small populations of grasshoppers and Japanese beetles persist. Aphid populations seem to be declining, likely due to lady beetles swarming to a tasty meal. Disease pressure remains low, but can still be found. Happy scouting!
As silage harvest progresses, growers are starting to think about planting cover crops. Using wheat or other small grains as a cover crop is a common choice, but brings a concern that is easily overlooked: Hessian fly.
This is the home stretch for beans, but there are still a few diseases in your crop that might only become apparent to you now. Most of these are root or stem infections that cause the leaves to turn early or become necrotic—which is why you initially notice them. But you’ll probably have to look beyond the leaves to get your answer.
Over the last several years of working with soybean producers in Lebanon County, I have learned the importance of timely harvest of soybeans. Last week, I noticed late group 2 beans were ready to harvest. It has been my experience that once 95% of the pods turn brown, about a week later it’s time to combine.
Researchers report at least a 60% reduction in odor compared with surface broadcasting. But how does manure injection work in practice?
Equipment demonstrations, on-site hay testing, and other tools that help with producing high quality forage is the focus of the Southeast Pennsylvania Crops Twilight Meeting on Thursday, September 10, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., 490 Skyline Drive, Bernville, PA 19506. There is no charge for the event but registration is required.
Quiet through the weekend followed by some unsettled weather next week.
Corn silage dry down is variable and progressing rapidly.
Late summer forage seeding dates window is here, so get them in on time.
After two years of testing, hybrid ryes (“not your father’s rye”) are impressive.
With expectations the final 2015 U.S. corn and soybean harvest will be at least slightly less than currently projected by USDA.
From John Tooker, PSU Entomology Specialist. Reports from this week indicate continued low pest pressure overall.
We are nearing the deadline for the Pennsylvania Soybean Contest and you are encouraged to participate in this PSB sponsored event.
Please welcome our new Field and Forage Crops Educator Liz Bosak.
Temperatures will continue to be below normal with wet weather returning by the weekend