Field Crop News
The "dog days of summer" will arrive soon!
With the spotty rains over the past few weeks, some growers might be thinking about abandoning the current crop and planting an emergency forage crop.
Management options for weed escapes in soybeans are limited at this point in the growing season. The goal is to prevent the spread of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp before and during harvest.
As you make hay this year, pull a couple of your best bales and store them in a dry spot so that when Ag Progress Days rolls around you will have easy access to them.
Including: Two-spotted spider mites, soybean aphid, potato leafhopper, western bean cutworm. A handful of insect pests are active and here is a run-down of some of the issues.
Our reports continue to indicate very mild disease and insect pressure.
The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects. Periodically, participating farms are highlighted in Field Crop News and the PA Soybean Board website.
This summer, some interesting differences show up between tillage and no-tillage treatments in our long-term tillage studies in Centre and Lancaster Counties. Tillage practices have been in place for 38 years in Centre County and for 12 years in Lancaster County.
Rainfall during the next two days will help with current drought conditions, but long-term relief is still uncertain.
Potassium (K) deficiency symptoms are appearing in corn fields around the state. Their cause may not be simple lack of Potash.
Perilla mint contains ketones that cause acute respiratory distress syndrome in cattle (ARDS), also called panting disease, which is often fatal.
Summer Heat and Drought are revealing differences in drought stress within and between fields. Many growers are now seeing the benefits of good soil management practices and strategies. What practices and factors affect a field’s water supplying capacity?
Insect and disease pressure remain low across most soybean fields in Pennsylvania. Grasshopper and Japanese beetle feeding damage being the two most prevalent insect pests found, with a low level of Soybean Aphids detected in a few fields. Little to no diseases of consequence were observed.
Get a chance on July 21st to see how eleven different soybean herbicide programs perform on-farm.
Learn how to beat the summer slump with alternative forages at Double B Grain Farm on July 27th
It will feel sticky around here the next few days, but reprieve is on the way.
Weed-free start and appropriate glyphostate/(ALS) -resistant marestail/horseweed are critical concerns for double crop soybeans in some areas of the state.
Choices for post-grass herbicides and the correct rates to control volunteer corn depend on the height of the corn.