The drought situation in Pennsylvania has not changed significantly within the past week, but rain over the past 7 days has brought some relief particularly to western and southern sections of the state.
Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania is abnormally dry and about a quarter of the Commonwealth is moving into moderate drought status. The weekend rains brought some relief, mainly to the southern counties on Sunday.
With the dry weather and unusual year we have experienced, some growers may need to harvest corn for forage earlier than normal this season. In addition, some soybeans are still receiving herbicide applications.
Penn State Extension established the Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network again this year. This pest species has been present in Pennsylvania for at least three years now, but we have yet to receive any reports of infestations of caterpillars.
Many of the soybeans and some other crops are still being managed for weeds. However, with much of the region in drought, there is some concern about the success in trying to control certain weeds under these dry conditions.
O.K. - I bet you didn’t think we’d see harvest corn near $7.00 and soybeans above $14.00 twice in one marketing year. Do you recall the feelings you may have had when you thought the season highs were behind us just a few weeks ago and you hadn’t priced enough 2012 crops, yet?
Again in 2012, Penn State Extension and the Department of Entomology are trapping for western bean cutworm. Pheromone traps have been deployed in approximately 20 counties to search for moths of this species.
June was a very dry month across Pennsylvania. Only portions of Lancaster and York counties tallied above average rainfall. The largest deficits were in the western quarter of the state where less than a 30% of the normal rain fell.