Field Crop News
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.
Applying any urea containing fertilizer to the soil surface during warm, dry, windy conditions will maximize the potential for N volatilization losses. This loss occurs quickly, starting within hours following application with most of the loss occurring within 2 days following application.
This is a good time of year, as the alfalfa is rapidly growing and gaining height, to decide if it will be a healthy productive stand for another year, or if you should consider rotating to corn after first cutting.
Dry weather can affect both soil applied and postemergence herbicide performance. All soil applied herbicides require rainfall to mobilize them for effective weed control. In general, rainfall should occur within 7 to 10 days after application or before weed emergence.
We initiated a marestail/horseweed soybean study at our Landisville research farm that has a great deal of promise and another noteworthy trial we are conducting is on Palmer amaranth.
Corn planting got off to a great start this week and yield prospects are good at this point. We are continuing our tradition of the Five Acre Corn Club this year to document the yields that top growers are achieving around the state.
The sudden change to summer like conditions will likely speed corn emergence compared to normal. This rapid emergence will be good in some ways for assessing stands but shortens the window for pre-emergent herbicide applications.
There’s lots of interest in locally grown food and feed and now considerable interest is developing in growing malting barley for local malting to ultimately be used by craft brewers in the state.
Sacrifice lots can be seeded to annuals for quick growth and cover or seeded into perennials if the sacrifice lot can be rotated each year.
It is always important to remember that the major reason for yield failure in Pennsylvania is lack of moisture during the summer. So what can farmers do to make the most of natural precipitation?
Noticeably milder weather in the next week ahead, with some chances of organized precipitation highlight this week’s weather report.
Fall-planted small grains are slow to develop this spring. What are some possible implications?
Here are some tools you can use to make decisions on disease issues during this growing season.
With the warmer weather, cover crops are beginning to gain some steam. Take a virtual tour of some cover crops.
Before spraying your crop, consider these 10 pointers to help reduce particle spray drift.
Here’s an update to some of the early season insect issues we are seeing across the state.
Learn about the benefits and some equipment and crop management considerations of this new no-till technique.
Managing where and when livestock graze could improve land and pasture conditions, enhance livestock production, and encourage an increase in forage utilization.