Field Crop News
Well it’s time to start taking about Palmer amaranth and waterhemp again. Penn State Extension Educators Mena Hautau and John Bray reported emerged Palmer seedlings last Friday at a cooperator farm in Berks County.
Reports from Kentucky and Indiana indicate that black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch fields as the spring progresses.
The wet conditions we have been experiencing for the past few days have been ideal for slugs.
If you were unable to control winter annuals and biennials last fall, there is still time now.
Review this invasive weed’s key identification features to avoid human exposure and livestock poisoning.
This week is a great week to explore your earthworm populations - the soils are moist and are warming up after the winter, and earthworm activity is high.
With certain varieties of barley heading out in the southern regions, I have been receiving reports of loose smut this week.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that this week’s weather is going to put you in a bind, in more ways than one. From a wheat disease perspective, many of us are looking at wheat that is approaching heading or flag leaf.
Parts of central Pennsylvania (encompassing approximately 40% of the total state) has entered the “abnormally dry” category, according to the US drought monitor. While recent rain showers and thunderstorms have brought some reprieve, many places are still much drier than normal. Over the next seven days, there will be some opportunities for widespread beneficial rains across the state.
Historically glyphosate resistant horseweed was limited to the southeastern Pennsylvania down into the Delmarva and West in Ohio, but now it is much more common in central PA and has appeared in western PA as well.
Significant numbers of Black Cutworm moths have been trapped in some locations in PA. Alfalfa weevil and cereal leaf beetles populations need to be monitored in the upcoming weeks.
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.
A return to more “seasonal” temperatures by the weekend, with an extended period of dry weather in the horizon.
Looking for a herbicide recommendation to control your cover crop?
When profit margins get thin (or disappear) we tend to focus more on markets and marketing as a way to generate profits. Unfortunately, we can only take the price offered and in some cases this price does not meet our expectations. The challenge then becomes – “What do we do?”
During the next 10 days, forage growers around Pennsylvania have just two things they need to focus on accomplishing.
Be on the lookout, as alfalfa weevil are hatching in the southern counties.
Sorting through some of the differences between soil health tests can be challenging. Penn State offers a Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet that may be beneficial.