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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
April 5, 2017

A brief reprieve from the wet weather will lead into the next period of unsettled weather on Thursday and Friday followed by a roller-coaster ride in temperatures through next week.

April 5, 2017

Grazing can be a great way of farming on steep slopes not suited for crop production. However, care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals so that undue soil degradation does not occur.

April 5, 2017

Penn State Extension will again monitor black cutworm populations across the state. Keep monitoring for this prospective pest.

April 5, 2017

Mild winter weather and a more severe than usual stripe rust season in the south in 2016 may put us at risk for early rust issues in our PA wheat and barley crops in 2017.

April 5, 2017

Spending some time going over your sprayer this spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later this spring.

Continuously grazed pasture allows for selective grazing, reducing desirable forage competitiveness against weeds and leading to weed encroachment and spread.
April 5, 2017

Scout your grass forage fields now and treat winter annuals and biennials with a foliar-applied herbicide when they are susceptible. Prowl H2O can now be used for summer annual grass and broadleaf weed control in grass hay and pasture.

April 5, 2017

Managing pastures for nutrient and soil retention is in the best interest of producers and the environment. Spring is a great time to evaluate your management techniques; you can learn a lot at this time of year when things look their worst.

March 29, 2017

Overall Pennsylvania had a cooler than normal March with near normal precipitation. Will the month of April continue with that pattern or not?

Data from Weather Underground
March 29, 2017

What did this winter do to our cover crops? That was my question after experiencing unseasonably high temperatures followed by significant cold snaps.

Fig. 1. Screen capture of the PA-PIPE’s degree-day accumulation departure from average up to 28 March 2017
March 29, 2017

The mild winter and recent warm weather have many folks wondering if pest problems are bound to be worse this growing season.

March 29, 2017

How early can herbicides be sprayed before corn or soybeans are planted? The below article provides some information about early preplant applications.

March 29, 2017

Trials conducted over three years show that several shorter-lived residual corn herbicides can be used successfully with interseeded cover crops; at the same time the use of longer-lived residual herbicides will likely preclude successful interseeding practices in corn.

March 29, 2017

The Integrated Weed Management Resource Center is a new online tool, maintained in part by Penn State Extension weed specialists, to find weed management information, ask questions, and read timely articles on weed management news.

Farm management software is one way of keeping track of what hybrids are planted, when control products are applied and yields.  Understanding user licenses and privacy agreements will help in explaining what software companies can do with your data and w
March 29, 2017

The use of Precision Agriculture-based decision making to determine fertilizer rates and hybrid types and planting rates is becoming more common. However, with the increased use of Precision Ag and the collection of farm information comes questions regarding the ownership and rights of data.

March 2, 2017

The Field and Forage Crops Team is currently seeking individuals to fill the following positions. Please pass along to those you feel may be a good fit for the job.

March 2, 2017

Record warm weather, will turn more seasonable into March.

March 2, 2017

Warmer weather has prompted many weed control questions, particularly options in dormant alfalfa.