Field Crop News
The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County; an additional township in Montgomery County and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester Counties. The additional quarantined municipalities include Boyertown Borough, Berks County; Douglass Township, Montgomery County; Milford Township including Trumbauersville Borough, Bucks County; and South Coventry Township, Chester County.
Beautiful late summer like weather with sunshine and little rainfall is predicted across much of the state for this, the first week of November!
Regular soil sampling is essential to not only to balance soil nutrient levels but sets the stage for maximum economic yields. Soil testing can also serve as a barometer of soil health and productivity.
Penn State Extension and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania release 2105 Pennsylvania Corn Hybrid Silage Trial Results. You can evaluate hybrids based on many factors including: yield, digestibility, crude protein, fiber content, and derived values such as milk per acre and Mill per ton.
Minnesota West Ag Services has an on-line list of what they believe are 15 Characteristics of Successful Marketers. Their perspective is shared here.
Hemp is a crop which has been grown around the world for centuries and was grown extensively in Colonial America; yet, is currently illegal to grown for any potential use. A brief history of hemp, its potential uses and the legality of growing hemp in PA are discussed.
Individual species in cover crop mixtures will respond differently to below freezing temperature. Learn about their characteristics here.
When is it too late to seed a cover crop? “Dormant” seeding may be the way to go. Soil specialist, Sjoerd Duiker, defines dormant seeding.
Soils information about your farm available, free on your PC or smart phone. This handy App provides detailed information about soil type and productivity for the various fields on a farm.
Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Winter Conference, PA’s annual organic event focused on advanced organic marketing and production, is slated for December 15-16, 2015 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey.
A cooler, but more seasonable, remainder of the week is in store with a very cold weekend. Some precipitation will fall through the early part of the weekend but things will dry out towards next week.
Did you know that no-till planting starts at harvest? Uniformly distributed crop residue is critical to obtaining a good stand of the next crop.
Read about some herbicide options for an application to your small grains this fall.
The recent high-intensity rainfall events in South Carolina remind us of the need to keep our soils covered.
The interseeder cover crop trial in Lancaster County is one of three on-farm trials, in addition to more detailed research at Rock Springs, to look at reducing tillage in organic grain crop production.
It is going to be a wet period starting this afternoon - some places could see rainfall totals (from tonight through next week) seen only about once every 100 years - stay dry!
Make time now to evaluate your wheat stands and put the information into play for next year. Producers still planting wheat this fall can garner some insight here too.