Field Crop News
The month of December ended with near seasonal temperatures and above normal precipitation across much of the state (except for the far southeast). As the first full week of 2017 continues, the mild weather that has been observed early in the week will transition to much colder weather for the end of the week and the weekend.
If you didn’t write it down it never happened; it’s a lesson often learned the hard way. For field crop production, not having accessible records can range from not knowing when a disease or insect occurred to being in trouble with a regulatory agency. Fortunately, there are a lot of good smartphone and tablet apps that are specifically tailored to farm record keeping.
Regular liming is critical to good crop production in our soils. However, of all of the soil test results, pH is the only one that is consistently below optimum in our annual soil test summaries for PA.
When I’m ready to learn about agricultural marketing one of my primary sources is the University of Illinois. This institution has what I believe to be a stellar Ag Economics department with an excellent set of researchers and teachers. Let’s review some of my notes from when I was in the audience the middle of December at one of their Extension events.
Are more farmers interested in injecting manure now than previously? Should there be an increase in the interest in manure injection? Both questions will be valuable in helping to determine the future of this practice in Pennsylvania.
There is increasing concern with sulfur (S) deficiency due to reduced atmospheric S deposition which is reflected in a trend toward lower soil test S levels in all samples run by the Penn State Ag Analytical Laboratory (AASL) over the last 10 years. Research was recently conducted to determine the extent and severity of S deficiency in Pennsylvania.
Recently the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) worked together to develop consistent, simple, and flexible policy for cover crop practices.
Penn State Extension will be offering 18 Crops Conferences and Crops Days across Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension Field & Forage Crops Team offers a number of specialty workshops this December. Sign up today online to learn alongside your neighbors more about how you can better your crop production practices.
The Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society will be hosting their annual Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Conference January 19-20, 2017 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.
Weed management specialists at Penn State have released a 5-Part series of videos on managing and identifying herbicide resistant pigweeds in the mid-Atlantic.
Results from the 2016 Penn State Corn and Soybean Trials have been posted online. Now is a good time to identify some new high yielding genetics that may be available for your operations.
Xtendimax now has a federal label for use in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. How this will impact soybean production in Pennsylvania is still yet to be determined.
A new noxious weed act will be introduced to Pennsylvania in 2017 that will help protect you and your farm from invasive noxious weeds.
You may be receiving an email or a letter from Penn State in the coming weeks. You need to take action in order to continue receiving updates and alerts from Extension.
As expected, the world has a burdensome supply of wheat and corn from the 2016 season and adequate supplies of soybeans. This gives us two primary questions; “What should I do with what remains of my cash crops?” and “What can we do for 2017 crops?”
After a relatively mild and dry month of November across Pennsylvania, the weather will become wintrier as December progresses.
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.