Field Crop News
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.
This time of year, manure piles are growing and pits are filling up snfarmers are anxious to get the manure spread before the busy planting season starts. But because most of the soil pores are continuously filled with water, infiltration capacity is low, and the threat of runoff high.
If historical patterns have any value for understanding today; the seasonal corn prices of the past 24 years suggest the March through June time frame typically offers the best price levels for a marketing year.
After a period of mild weather, cooler conditions will prevail for at least the next 7-10 days.
Now is the time to capitalize on warm, early spring days.
Check on the effects of late planting and/or winter weather
Considerations for timing and materials.
Select the best fields and timing to minimize the potential for loss.
No one can but think about these marketing principles.
Maintenance, repairs and adjustments now can save time later in the field.
A wintry start to March will lead to more seasonal weather by the middle of the month
Penn State releases a performance data summary of alfalfa and cool-season forage grass variety trials conducted in 2014.