Field Crop News
East-central Pennsylvania is now experiencing ‘moderate drought’ conditions with the remainder of the eastern third of the state (and a sliver of the northwest) seeing abnormally dry conditions. The next 7 days will be relatively unsettled, which will bring the potential for some reprieve from the lack of rainfall recently.
Some parts of the state experienced frost on Saturday morning this weekend, causing some concern. After 85 degree temperatures earlier in the month, I thought this threat might be past for the year but apparently that was not the case.
Keep in mind that black cutworm moth activity has been substantial this spring. We now have had 10 locations in our Black Cutworm Monitoring Network that have detected significant flights of this pest species. Also Cereal Leaf Beetles are active in some small grain fields, scouting is recommended.
This week, calls have been coming in to our Penn State Extension offices across the state asking for assistance in diagnosing and assessing some of these early season pest problems. Bird damage continues to be one of the issues near the top of this list.
Does your corn crop need additional Nitrogen to produce a top yield? Here are two ways to find out.
Although stiltgrass is most commonly found in shady, moist, and disturbed environments, we are seeing it becoming increasingly common on the edges of farm fields and it is invading pasture, hay fields, home landscapes and low-maintenance turf areas.
Set your marketing decisions on a core set of principles and adhere to them as you stay flexible depending on market specifics.
Rains soothing some regional shortfalls but dryer and cooler conditions anticipated through the weekend.
Local conditions dictate the risk for fusarium head blight. Be familiar with the indicators for elevated risk and respond accordingly.
Corn at V3 stage in Centre County showing uniform spacing and development.
Growing degree accumulations indicate the potential for black cutworm feeding at several locations around the state and scouting is key for managing this occasional but potentially impactful pest. Vigilance in our small grains and grass hay crops is also warranted as several Midwestern states are reporting significant flights of true armyworm.
Perennial weeds are not created equal and so too the timing for best control varies. Manage those vulnerable now and anticipate opportunities later in the season for others.
Growth stage of the forage rules the day on forage quality and timely harvesting can set the trajectory for optimum yields over the balance of the season.
Researchers explain what science reveals about GMOs – both the benefits and the risks
Drying conditions persist with the lack of rainfall but jackets and cooler, more seasonable, temperatures can be expected.
Will guessing correctly cash flow the farm? Looking ahead to harvest with the best “guesses” on yields and prices can help you plan accordingly.
Syngenta's new corn herbicide Acuron is now labeled for field corn, sweet corn, seed corn and yellow popcorn.
In the May 5 Field Crop News, we discussed how dry weather will influence soil applied and post herbicide performance.