Blue mold has been found growing in several tobacco fields in southern Lancaster and Chester counties. Growers need to be aware of the disease and take appropriate action. Under warm moist growing conditions this disease can spread quickly and has the potential to significantly damage the local crop.
It’s still a weather market! Big acres of corn got planted in 2012. If the current projections for double cop soybeans are true – we’ll have big acres of beans planted for 2012. A “normal” 2012 yield is calculated to overcome the significant low-stocks we had following the 2011 harvest. Of course, “it’s not in the bin, yet!”
At the "Farming for Success" field day last week at Landisville, we heard about a couple of pigweed problems in the region. One involved a lack of control of smooth or redroot pigweed in corn with glyphosate.
Insect pests and pathogens are annual problems in soybean fields. To manage these threats to crop production, extension personnel typically recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that relies heavily on understanding local populations of pests and the threats they pose to crop fields.
A warming trend will began on Wednesday and it should lead to a spell of uncomfortably warm, humid conditions from Thursday into the first half of next week. The boundary with mild, dry air to the north will waver across parts of Pennsylvania during this period leading to several opportunities for thunderstorms.
Penn State Extension, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board, has initiated the Pennsylvania Soybean On-Farm Network to evaluate some key production practices and conduct demonstrations on soybean around Pennsylvania.
As hot and dryer weather arrives in Pennsylvania, poisonous plants in pastures become a greater concern. Slow growth of pasture grasses can easily result in overgrazing, which means that grazing animals might not have sufficient forage intake and start eating some less desirable plant species.
With the barley and wheat crops coming off earlier than normal this year, double-crop soybean planting should be as popular as ever. Weeds are generally less of a problem in double-crop soybean because of the delayed planting date.
Strong commodity prices have encouraged producers to look for ways to increase their yields even if it is only for a few bushels. Retail businesses have of wide array of available foliar fertilizers for producers to try to get those few bushels. Before using a foliar program one should review university research summaries and ask if the concept is sound.
After a period of near, to slightly below, seasonal temperatures and low humidity, hot and noticeably more humid conditions will enter the state for the middle of the week ahead of an approaching cold front.