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July

Weather Outlook
July 31, 2012
Some chance for rain showers during the next week. Keep your fingers crossed.
Wheat and Barley Variety Evaluation Data Now On-line
July 31, 2012
Check out the 2012 wheat and barley variety evaluation data. It's now available on-line.
Sentinel Plot Program in Soybeans
July 31, 2012
Good news - reports from the past week indicate that insect and disease populations remain low.
True Armyworm and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Populations Become Noticeable
July 31, 2012
Scout now for true armyworm and brown marmorated stink bug
Replanting Thin Forage Seedings
July 31, 2012
Some considerations about trying to thicken up those forage seedings.
Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus
July 31, 2012
Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus (SVNV) confirmed last week in PA
Grain Marketing
July 31, 2012
Corn and Soybean Conditions Across the US including PA.
Weather Outlook
July 24, 2012
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.
Maximizing the Benefits of Your Crop Insurance Policy
July 24, 2012
Your “Summary of Protection” or “Schedule of Insurance” should have arrived within a few weeks of when you filed your acreage report.
Western Bean Cutworm Moths Are Laying Eggs
July 24, 2012
Last week we reported that Penn State Extension’s Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network is detecting relatively high moth populations.
Sentinel Plot Program in Soybeans
July 24, 2012
The Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Don’t Forget About ALS-Resistant Weeds
July 24, 2012
We’ve been hearing a lot over the last five plus years about glyphosate-resistant weeds but much less about other types of herbicide resistance.
Marketing: Supply & Demand?
July 24, 2012
Talk about a weather market!
The Dust Bowl: 2012 vs. 1930’s
July 24, 2012
The Weather Channel published an interesting article comparing the drought of 2012 with the Dust Bowl years.
Weather Outlook
July 17, 2012
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.
Assessing Potential Drought Impacts
July 17, 2012
The dry and hot weather has everyone concerned about corn yields across the state.
Consider Forage and Grazing Restrictions for Corn and Soybean Herbicides
July 17, 2012
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.
Consider Herbicide Rotational Crop Restrictions for Late Summer/Fall Planted Crops
July 17, 2012
If corn harvest begins earlier than normal this year because of drought, herbicide selection can help dictate what rotational crops can be planted.
Sentinel Plot Program in Soybeans
July 17, 2012
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Western Bean Cutworm Moths Are Flying
July 17, 2012
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.
Weather Outlook
July 12, 2012
The past week has brought some reprieve of the very dry conditions across extreme western Pennsylvania that was discussed in last week’s weather outlook.
Insects Active in Soybeans and Corn
July 12, 2012
Insect and mite pest populations continue to build across Pennsylvania, but of course they are not everywhere.
Sentinel Plot Program in Soybeans
July 12, 2012
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Dry Weather and Weed Control
July 12, 2012
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.
Foliar Applications of Fungicides on Corn during Drought Conditions
July 12, 2012
The continuing drought has many growers asking questions about foliar applications of a fungicide on tasseling corn.
Common Teasel is the Weed for This Week
July 12, 2012
Common teasel is very apparent right now, particularly along roadsides, but it can also be found occasionally in pastures and along field edges.
Commodity Marketing
July 3, 2012
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?
Sentinel Plot Program in Soybeans
July 3, 2012
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.
Summer Cover Crop Seeding
July 3, 2012
Small grain harvest has started and some fields are still open after a challenging spring.
Western Bean Cutworm Moths are Active in Pennsylvania
July 3, 2012
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.
Insects Active in Crop Fields
July 3, 2012
Potato leafhopper populations continue to be very high across the Pennsylvania. Growers are likely to be aware of this issue as ‘hopperburn’ is evident in many alfalfa fields.
Weather Outlook
July 3, 2012
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.