Field Crop News
With the unusually cool weather interspersed with heavy rain, some corn has emerged without receiving a residual herbicide application.
Fusarium head blight (a.k.a. head scab) is a disease of wheat and barley that can lead to the production of toxins in grains.
It seems that black cutworm moths just keep coming.
As field activities heat up, questions often arise on what to charge for custom services, equipment rental and barn, shed or bin rental. There are a number of sources available for this information.
Although weather leading up to planting season may not have been ideal across much of the U.S., the most recent USDA crop progress report illustrates the capacity of our farm community to get acres planted. Let’s look at a brief summary from the May 19, 2014 report.
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Still a “mixed-bag” of weather across Pennsylvania with some areas starting to show rainfall deficits while many continue to get isolated showers and/or some stubborn cool temperatures.
Plans to further evaluate interseeder impact on yields, N contribution, soil quality, herbicide response, and more continue with summer/fall field days to follow.
Use the ‘ball test’ to assess soil conditions and attention to details for planter setup to avoid sidewall compaction and hopefully ensure a good stand.
Growers are advised to stay alert for cereal leaf beetle in small grains and watchful with respect to the onset of potential black cutworm feeding in corn.
Potentially pyrethroid resistant alfalfa weevil suggests the need for careful monitoring and a few suggestions for recommended best management practices.
Producers should look for new pigweed species on the move into our area.
Popular Herbicide Mode of Action Chart specifically adapted for Mid-Atlantic Region now available.
The job is not done until the paperwork is complete!
Management of Aquatic Plants course focuses on pond management and is approved for recertification credits.
Warming period followed by chance of showers. Cooler weather expected to return for mid-May.
As corn planting gets off to a slow start in many areas one concern is whether we should think about switching hybrids. In general, the answer is no, not until later in May.
Believe it or not it isn’t always the young kids that are the most interested in smartphones and technology. This article has a number of free apps that are useful for farmers.