Field Crop News
The benefits of no-till and cover crops are evident as we receive heavy rain from thunderstorms.
Does the Threat of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza Have Your Feathers Ruffled?
Periods Of Scattered Showers Will Predominate
After last week’s frost event I received feedback and made some observations myself about the variable nature of the damage. In some cases it was fairly striking. These have caused some questions about why this variation occurs.
Lots of Variables and Oh, By the Way, there’s an App For That.
This weed is more of a problem during wet summers and is the Poster Child For Integrated Weed Management
Knowing the terminology is Important in corn herbicide application timings.
Soybean Sentinel Plot update.
The quest to manage soil moisture.
Poison hemlock has exploded over the last several years, particularly along roadsides but it can also be found in pastures and along field edges.
As soybean fields are emerging across the state, there are some reports coming in of variable stands. Now can be a perfect time to examine those fields, and make management decisions on whether to fill in a stand, replant, or leave them alone.
Check out what the Extension Team has planned!
East-central Pennsylvania is now experiencing ‘moderate drought’ conditions with the remainder of the eastern third of the state (and a sliver of the northwest) seeing abnormally dry conditions. The next 7 days will be relatively unsettled, which will bring the potential for some reprieve from the lack of rainfall recently.
Some parts of the state experienced frost on Saturday morning this weekend, causing some concern. After 85 degree temperatures earlier in the month, I thought this threat might be past for the year but apparently that was not the case.
Keep in mind that black cutworm moth activity has been substantial this spring. We now have had 10 locations in our Black Cutworm Monitoring Network that have detected significant flights of this pest species. Also Cereal Leaf Beetles are active in some small grain fields, scouting is recommended.
This week, calls have been coming in to our Penn State Extension offices across the state asking for assistance in diagnosing and assessing some of these early season pest problems. Bird damage continues to be one of the issues near the top of this list.
Does your corn crop need additional Nitrogen to produce a top yield? Here are two ways to find out.
Although stiltgrass is most commonly found in shady, moist, and disturbed environments, we are seeing it becoming increasingly common on the edges of farm fields and it is invading pasture, hay fields, home landscapes and low-maintenance turf areas.