Field Crop News
After two months of below normal temperatures across Pennsylvania, September is getting off to a summery start, but weather will be mixed over the next 7 days.
It’s taken awhile, but corn silage harvest is about to get into high gear. There are a number of things to consider as we begin silage harvest.
Optimum late summer perennial forage crop establishment has likely gone by.
Here are some pointers to consider when deciding when to harvest your last alfalfa cutting.
The window for fall cover crop establishment depends on where you live. We are rapidly moving beyond that window for some cover crops.
Avoid wet soils and heavy equipment unless you want to deal with soil compaction and potentially reduced crop performance.
Soybean aphids are the most widespread insect species reported this week in soybean, but this pest will not influence yield once plants reach R6.
Here are some management guidelines for soybean aphid and grasshoppers.
Bt resistant rootworm suspected in PA. Regularly rotate to crops other than corn to avoid the potential for resistance.
More warm, humid air in the short term forecast. Perhaps some of the warmest weather of the summer may occur in September!
This is a continuation of the article from August 19.
Insect populations are widespread, however, populations remain at low levels. Disease pressure also remains low.
There may be something brewing in the lower canopy or roots of your soybeans.
Keep your goals in mind when selecting cover crops and cover crop mixtures.
Some considerations if you are thinking of harvesting soybeans as a forage.
Bouts of humid sticky weather intermixed with short cool, dry episodes continue. No widespread rainfall in the near future.
Small grains trial yields and other performance data now posted. Significant differences reported between varieties.
Variety selection can be as important as your management practices when seeking to limit fusarium head blight and toxins.
Consider this window of opportunity to get a jump on your liming requirements