Field Crop News
A wet June looks to lead into a wet start to July!
Remember just a few short weeks past when harvest 2015 corn was trading around $365 in Chicago? Have you noticed this same crop is now trading in the $400 neighborhood?
Wheat harvest has started. It’s time to strive for timely harvest management. Nothing good happens when ripe grain gets wet.
Since we cannot test the soil with accurate assessment of micronutrients, the best way to determine hidden hunger is with a simple $24.00 plant tissue test.
Horseweed or marestail control can be challenging in double crop soybeans. Horseweed plants can be large and/or they have been cutoff with the combine, making them more challenging to control.
This week, we have 19 reports from 16 counties. Slug damage is fairly widespread with the continued wet weather; double cropped soybeans are a greater risk from slugs. Some diseases are starting to show, but the wet weather certainly will foster other diseases.
As the growing season progresses steadily, I wanted to bring a few potential pests to your attention. Reminding folks of these pest species will help you stay alert should you encounter them in your fields.
Previous research at Penn State on interseeding cover crops into standing corn has found results that were less consistent in longer-season and/or very high-yielding corn than those seen where yields were not as great. Perhaps the intensity and the duration of the “shade period” later on in the growing season may be taking a toll on the survival of the cover crop.
Grazing animals will very rarely eat poisonous weeds if there are other options. However, the wet weather has been great for poisonous plant growth and the concern is heightened. Knowing which plants are poisonous and how poisonous they are could help avoid a problem.
Blue mold has been found growing in several tobacco fields in the Bartville area of southern Lancaster County. Growers need to be aware of the disease and take appropriate action.
Next week’s edition of Field Crop News will be released on Wednesday, July 8th. It will return to its normal Tuesdays the following week (July 14).
The up-and-down pattern of temperatures accompanied by episodes of precipitation is expected to continue through at least the first week of July.
Scout for Palmer amaranth and waterhemp now in full-season soybeans and anticipate for double-crop.
It's time to think about managing those weedy plants in CREP before they set seed.
Soybean insects are kicking into high gear this week. Be sure you are scouting.
Wet weather is making hay making difficult. Learn about potential hay preservative options.
More scattered rain showers are forecast, some heavy totals for some parts of the Keystone state.
With very heavy rains in some areas of the state over the last week there have been concerns with nitrogen (N) loss. That is a real concern. A common recommendation in this situation is to run a PSNT test to evaluate the N status after the heavy rain.