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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
September 28, 2016

Fall pasture growth often provides additional opportunity for grazing livestock; however, careful management of pastures is essential for the over-wintering of forages and improvement into the next growing season.

September 28, 2016

A recent apparent hemp dogbane poisoning of some horses serves as a reminder for recognizing and managing this common perennial weed.

September 28, 2016

At a field day last week we used an infiltration ring and observed an infiltration rate of 6.67” in less than an hour. A nearby farmer measured infiltration of 8”/hr on his farm. These dairy farms used continuous no-till and cover crops. The numbers suggest that these farms would never generate runoff because it is extremely rare to have this type of rainfall intensity in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless runoff is observed occasionally from these fields.

September 14, 2016

Warm, dry conditions continue to dominate the weather across Pennsylvania.

September 14, 2016

Corn silage harvest is beginning to wind down in the southern portion of the state, with corn drying down rapidly. Harvest continues throughout the central and northern portions of the state.

September 14, 2016

Although silage harvest is starting to wrap-up in some areas of the state, it is just beginning in others. Be sure to educate yourself about the dangers of silo gas.

September 14, 2016

Penn State Extension Educators are regularly scouting 25 or so ‘typical’ soybean fields in nineteen counties across the state, reporting the populations of plant pathogens and insect pests that they find.

September 14, 2016

With the dry summer that was bestowed upon most of Pennsylvania these past few months, many farmers are finding themselves short on necessary feed to get through the winter and may be pushing the limits to get one last cutting in. When it comes to harvesting alfalfa for the final cutting, how late is too late?

September 14, 2016

As you make decisions for your winter small grains, take actions now that will enhance your crop’s health this fall and into the next year.

September 14, 2016

With silage harvest well underway and corn grain and soybean not far behind, a number of farmers are considering cover crop establishment this fall. Remember that some herbicides can persist and potentially influence successful cover crop establishment.

September 14, 2016

Recent research being conducted at Penn State is showing cover crops beneficial for suppression of problematic winter annual weeds.

Rye on tomatoes. Photo: Lee Stivers
September 14, 2016

Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates.

August 31, 2016

While western parts of the state have seen upwards of 2-3 inches of rain over the past week, much of eastern PA has remained relatively dry since last Wednesday. The upcoming week will be relatively dry and seasonal as meteorological fall begins on Thursday.

August 31, 2016

Now is the time to think about controlling summer annual weeds, prior to seed set, in certain cropping systems.

August 31, 2016

Producers and crop scouts are reporting note-worthy worm infestations in field and sweet corn crops across the state that are most likely corn earworm, but another worm pest is possibly expanding its range in the northeast US which requires that we take a second look at these situations to confirm what we are seeing.

August 31, 2016

Corn silage dry down is hastening across the state, causing the need for farmers to monitor moisture levels so the optimum dry matter is achieved for ensiling and helping to ensure optimum forage quality.

August 31, 2016

A three-year NESARE-funded on-farm project demonstrates improved forage inventories and soil quality on two Pennsylvania farms.