Field Crop News
Warmer weather ahead in January and predictions for a mild wet winter
As the 2012 crop finishes pricing, consider marketing for 2013
Winter manure application is probably the most sensitive nutrient management issue that farmers face.
Penn State Cooperative Extension works closely together with other partners in the public and private sector to help restore the Chesapeake Bay to its former glory by researching, educating and promoting Best Management Practices to control erosion, nutrient losses and pesticide losses.
Learn about the latest herbicide technologies and new herbicide resistant crops
Don't forget to attend for the PA Agronomic Education Conference, Jan. 15/16; Attend one of Penn State's Crops and Pesticides One-Day Seminars held at 11 convenient locations; The Graziers Winter Meeting on Jan. 22; and The Professional Crop Producers Conference Feb. 20/21.
After the chilliest November in 12 years and the driest one in 90 years, December will bring a different flavor of weather conditions with mild conditions and more frequent showers.
If conditions are right, aphid population growth can be strong and economically damaging populations may develop. Dr. John Tooker reviews aphid concerns to watch for in winter grains, and hay fields.
Is your cover crop an assortment of winter annual weeds? Del Voight discusses getting a jump on your herbicide program with the pros, cons and recommendations of apply herbicides at this time of year.
What’s the best way to dispose of unwanted pesticides? PA department of Ag has disposed of over 2 million pounds of unwanted agricultural pesticides.
Dr Greg Roth tells us that in general, the corn (grain and silage) and soybean yield testing programs have very good data and show some interesting trends. One of these is the trend toward early planted short season soybeans yielding exceptionally well.
Three late and wet fall planting seasons in a row. What is the penalty for planting wheat and other small grains after their recommended dates?
This year a number of participants in the PSU/PA Soybean Board Yield Contest topped 80 Bu/a., many of these growers attended one of the soybean production workshops which were offered last year and are back by popular demand.
Did you now that 20% of crop fields lack a current soil test? Del Voight discusses the importance of taking a test and how to properly sample a field.
Interested in new herbicides for your farm? Curious about how your selected products are performing against others? Data from numerous Penn State herbicide trials will go live later this week. One trial of particular interest to many is the On-farm study of ALS-resistant chickweed in barley.
Our grain crops are far too valuable to be left at the mercy of the market, yet many growers do just that. John Berry, has some thoughts and suggestions on making a marketing plan.
Jeff Graybill, Editor (Lancaster), Jennifer Bratthauar (Franklin), Mike Fournier (Bucks), Andrew Frankenfield (Montgomery), Mena Hautau (Berks), Mark Madden (Bradford/Sullivan), Dwane Miller (Schuylkill), John Rowehl (York), Nicole Santangelo (McKean/Potter), Del Voight (Lebanon). University Park Faculty and Staff: Bill Curran, Sjoerd Duiker, Marvin Hall, Greg Roth, John Tooker, and Lisa Crytser