Field Crop News
A slow warm up in the short term forecast, followed by an opportunity for more soaking precipitation through the weekend.
Join us for a workshop on “Meeting the 4R’s of Nutrient Management through new technologies in dry nutrient application”. Dates are July 19th and 20th, at the Penn State Agronomy Research Farm at Russell E. Larson research complex.
As field activities heat up, questions often arise on what to charge for custom services and equipment rental. There are a number of sources available for this information.
As pokeweed begins to emerge across Pennsylvania, it is time to develop a strategy for dealing with this problem perennial.
Damage from small caterpillars have been detected, so prepare to scout fields in the near future.
If you haven’t achieved good control of horseweed prior to soybean emergence, your options may be very limited.
Whether you grow corn for grain or silage, learn about some management factors you can control.
Chilly and unsettled weather will dominate much of the upcoming week. However, some long term precipitation deficits (beyond 30 days) still exist over central and eastern parts of the state.
With wet weather, fungal spores are likely to be produced and spread in barley and wheat fields. Alyssa Collins reviews the tools, the timing and recommended fungicides for use in protecting the crop from infection.
Corn is emerging slowly and sometimes in need of sunlight around the state. Recommendations for soil residual herbicides follow in this article.
Another site in Clinton County had a significant flight of black cutworm moths this past week. Look ahead to the 300 degree day mark (base 50) to begin scouting for cutworm activity. Cool weather may delay development for another week or two.
Scout now for infestations of cereal leaf beetle in small grain fields. The larval stage feeds on the leaves and fields appear white if heavily infested. Treatments are outlined for when reaching the economic threshold.
The following article outlines changes that are coming this year with the Five Acre Corn Contest. The early bird deadline is July 1.
Born on a farm in upstate New York, Dr. Kristy Borrelli began her duties April 15, 2016 in the Department of Plant Science and was previously working in the Pacific Northwest as an Extension Specialist.
The annual Farming for Success Field day will be held on June 23 and has a great schedule of tours and talks addressing the latest agronomic topics for 2016. Come enjoy the day with tours of the farm, visit with numerous industry representatives and review some of the latest research.
The past seven days has brought beneficial rains to many of the areas that were becoming very dry in late March and early April. Much of central Pennsylvania saw between one and two inches of rain since the middle of last week. The unsettled weather will continue through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend.
A grain producer called here early the other morning and asked me how high I thought corn would go. I almost choked on my bagel. If you know me at all you recognize I couldn’t care less about forecasting future prices. What I care about is what you are doing when it comes to price risk management. For many price levels offer at least a small amount of profit, today.
Well it’s time to start taking about Palmer amaranth and waterhemp again. Penn State Extension Educators Mena Hautau and John Bray reported emerged Palmer seedlings last Friday at a cooperator farm in Berks County.