Field Crop News
Ag Progress Days (APD), Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exhibition, is being held August 12-14 in Rock Springs, PA.
Take time to monitor weather conditions, crop prices, and determine a marketing strategy for 2014 grain crops.
Japanese beetles and grasshoppers continue to feed in plots at low population levels, while new diseases have also been observed.
Wet weather across portions of the state has made hay making difficult. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay.
Bouts of humid sticky weather intermixed with short cool, dry episodes continue. No widespread rainfall in the near future.
Many barley varieties recover from winter injury and perform very well in trials
Soybean insect pests on the rise, while most plots have limited disease development
Significant infestations of Palmer pigweed now cropping up in alfalfa, soybeans and even corn
Did we miss some commodity pricing opportunities? So, now what can we do?
A week of cool weather with no prolonged heat or dry conditions in the next 10 days.
Look at corn and soybean now for identifying management tactics for next year.
Identifying and containing new infestations is a critical first step in managing this new threat.
Major diseases of orchardgrass in our area has no quick fix yet, but fertility management helps.
Rapid growth stages of corn requires a lot of rain and the value adds up quickly too.
Soybean aphids, grasshoppers, and Japanese beetle pressure and disease pressure both low for now.
Soybean aphids have started to show up across the commonwealth and we are monitoring the Western Bean Cutworm.
Both agronomic risk and economics should be considered before an early fungicide application on corn.