Field Crop News
April, thus far, has been relatively wet and mild across the western half of the state while much of eastern PA has been drier than average with temperatures near to slightly below normal.
The 2015 Manure Expo is coming to Chambersburg, PA, on July 14-15.
Now that the snow is finally gone it is time to evaluate your cover crop stands.
Alfalfa weevil is just becoming active in the southern tier of counties.
Maintaining potash at optimum levels and pH above 6.5 is essential for high alfalfa production.
Here is a recap of what you should be considering for marestail control this spring in soybean.
Most cover crops are fairly easy to control in a burndown program as long as you pay attention to detail.
Temperature rollercoaster this week with showers.
As timothy fields begin to green up it is time to scout for the presence of Cereal Rust Mites.
Penn State Extension Educators are deploying 20 traps this week to monitor the arrival of this pest from the South in an effort to predict when growers should scout their fields for damage.
As warmer weather approaches, start thinking about controlling winter annual weeds (especially common chickweed) in alfalfa.
Historically, we have not recommended early preplant herbicide (EPP) application in our region with a couple of exceptions such as for marestail control.
No-till alfalfa should be part and parcel of a no-till system.
Cover crops offer many benefits: they help protect soil from water and wind erosion, improve water infiltration, improve soil structure, help build soil organic matter content, they capture and recycle plant nutrients and can provide forage for your animals. Hear why leading no-till farmers use cover crops in this video.
If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast, or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to provide the research-based information you need to be successful.
Now that Old Man Winter has lost his firm grip on much of our area, one of the activities that will happen rather quickly this spring is the transfer and application of liquid fertilizer on the farm. Many farms take advantage of using polyethylene (poly) tanks for transportation, storage and application of fertilizers and chemicals.
Populations of winter annual weeds will become more prevalent in early April and can compete with wheat and barley and slow the rate of crop development potentially reducing yield. If winter annual weeds like common chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle, horseweed, and others emerge with the small grain and are left unchecked, the potential impact on yield could be great.