Field Crop News
Liming should be a priority in your crop management plans. Winter liming may provide flexibility.
Pennsylvania agriculture has done much to improve water quality in our local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Yet, that positive story is often not told. Now is the time for farmers to tell that story!
After an exceptionally mild and relatively dry November, the first few days of December will bring a brief period of wintry weather to parts of the state followed by an extended period of tranquil conditions.
I am sharing my thoughts and observations as I see the corn and soybean markets today.
You cannot avoid the topic of herbicide resistant weed management these days. Whether you grow cotton in the Delta of Mississippi, soybean in Indiana, or corn in Pennsylvania, chances are good that there are herbicide resistant weeds near or on your farm.
Quick Tips for late fall, winter, and early spring manure application on the farm. Some common sense application techniques to keep manure spreaders on the straight and narrow.
The warm fall coupled with adequate moisture has stimulated many small grain and cover crop fields to provide excellent growth. While this is a bonus if you were looking to take a late fall harvest, it is not necessarily a good thing for winter survival.
No-till planting is now the predominant practice in Pennsylvania, representing more than 65% of planted acres. Many problems with no-till can often be traced back to poor planter performance.
Interseeding in northern climates has been very successful. Mixed results in long-season corn has prompt research into possible adjustment for interseeding in more southern locations in Pennsylvania.
The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County; an additional township in Montgomery County and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester Counties. The additional quarantined municipalities include Boyertown Borough, Berks County; Douglass Township, Montgomery County; Milford Township including Trumbauersville Borough, Bucks County; and South Coventry Township, Chester County.
Beautiful late summer like weather with sunshine and little rainfall is predicted across much of the state for this, the first week of November!
Regular soil sampling is essential to not only to balance soil nutrient levels but sets the stage for maximum economic yields. Soil testing can also serve as a barometer of soil health and productivity.
Penn State Extension and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania release 2105 Pennsylvania Corn Hybrid Silage Trial Results. You can evaluate hybrids based on many factors including: yield, digestibility, crude protein, fiber content, and derived values such as milk per acre and Mill per ton.
Minnesota West Ag Services has an on-line list of what they believe are 15 Characteristics of Successful Marketers. Their perspective is shared here.
Hemp is a crop which has been grown around the world for centuries and was grown extensively in Colonial America; yet, is currently illegal to grown for any potential use. A brief history of hemp, its potential uses and the legality of growing hemp in PA are discussed.
Individual species in cover crop mixtures will respond differently to below freezing temperature. Learn about their characteristics here.
When is it too late to seed a cover crop? “Dormant” seeding may be the way to go. Soil specialist, Sjoerd Duiker, defines dormant seeding.
Soils information about your farm available, free on your PC or smart phone. This handy App provides detailed information about soil type and productivity for the various fields on a farm.