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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
May 17, 2017

Near-record heat and Thursday showers will transition to more seasonable weather for the weekend.

May 17, 2017

Now that spring is upon us and pastures across the state have grown to an adequate height to begin grazing, it is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result.

May 17, 2017

With recent heavy rains, fields that have already been planted may be prone to soil crusting, which can reduce emergence, lower final stands and significantly impact crop yields.

Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State
May 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Mow! First cutting alfalfa is underway in many parts of the state. Every pass across the field reduces the amount of dry matter you end up with in a bale. How much are you leaving behind?

May 17, 2017

Do you Really know your seeding rate? Before you hit the field to plant soybeans, make sure your drill is calibrated.

May 17, 2017

There’s so much going on in wheat and barley right now. Join us in Lancaster County for the PSU Small Grain Field Day on June 8!

Aerial image of Penn State’s research hopyard at Rock Springs. Photo by T. Delvalle, Penn State
May 16, 2017

You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.

May 10, 2017

With many places dropping below freezing early in the week, the chilly air that has been the norm for much of the early part of May will persist at least through the upcoming weekend.

May 10, 2017

As spring progresses slowly, the normal line-up of pests are active and should be kept in mind, but two pests in particular seem to be on peoples’ minds.

May 10, 2017

Above average temperatures this spring has advanced the maturity of the rye as well as other forages. Depending on the planting date and your geographic location it is time to cut rye for straw.

Image 1. Frost damage to a stand of Japanese knotweed taken 5/9/2017
May 10, 2017

Temperatures crept at or below freezing the past couple of mornings, and you may be wondering if it has caused injury in wheat and barley crops.

May 10, 2017

It’s time to make wheat fungicide decisions. Consider your growth stage and risk levels to help you make the call on products and application timing.

May 10, 2017

Before you get to the field to cut hay, learn how to properly adjust your conditioning rolls for optimum performance.

May 10, 2017

Corn planting is underway again and with many fields getting planted this week. Yield prospects should be great again.

May 10, 2017

Farming for Success 2017 will be on Thursday, June 29th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in Manheim, PA

May 4, 2017

After a very active beginning of the week with widespread severe weather across the state, an extended period of cool and unsettled weather is on the way.

Figure 1: Large number of pea aphids crowding onto an alfalfa stem in Lancaster County (Photo by Jeff Graybill, Penn State Extension, Lancaster County)
May 4, 2017

Insect populations seem more active than usual this year, blame it on the mild winter if you like, or blame me, I can take it!