Field Crop News
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.
Black cutworm monitoring highlighting a couple more potential hotspots while alfalfa and small grain pests can be revealed with timely scouting.
Be alert to the potential risk for Grass Tetany in high potassium soils and when other conditions are favorable for the development of this livestock illness.
Protecting pasture yield potential a key practice given our dry start to 2015.
Cover crop observations at the research farm showing good results and work continues.
Having Certified Crop Advisor credentials are a professional distinction worthy of consideration. Exams are scheduled.
Warmer than normal, and summer-like, conditions will dominate the next 7 days across Pennsylvania with very little in the way of widespread, organized precipitation until early next week.
Penn State Extension’s Black Cutworm Monitoring Network has now detected six significant flights of this migratory pest species across the state. Black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch your fields as the spring progresses.