Field Crop News
USDA is offering three separate online courses that are free to users interested in various concepts associated with sustainable farm management.
While rain showers and thunderstorms have been consistently present across the state this past week, both short-tem (less than 14 days) and long-term (60-90 days) precipitation deficits exist across much of central and eastern Pennsylvania as meteorological summer begins.
A grain marketer told me two weeks ago they were glad “... prices are finally getting exciting!” No argument that strong $4 corn and stronger $10 soybeans are better than what we had the five months following harvest. However, for old crops remember to subtract storage costs and interest expense from the final sales price, and new crop prices only count if you actually commit bushels.
Wheat that flowered two weeks ago will be being to show symptoms of scab in the next week or so. It’s also a good time to start scouting for flag leaf and head disease symptoms to determine level of control and yield quality.
This is the time of year to try to correctly identify and manage problematic pigweeds in your fields. Here are some key distinguishing features of waterhemp and Palmer amaranth.
Tips for controlling thistles, multiflora rose, and other troublesome pasture weeds.
It is scouting time for black cutworm damage in corn!
Bean leaf beetles tend to be most problematic in the earliest emerging soybean fields. But remember that the damage may look worse than what it actually is.
The upcoming week will feel summer-like with some opportunities for precipitation, but not as widespread as what was seen across much of the state this past weekend.
Some fields with poor corn stands are being evaluated for replanting. There are several things one must consider.
In cases of poor corn emergence, here are some considerations when corn has to be removed from a field with the intention of replanting corn.
Should provide better grass control than before.
Trap data and growing degree-day models indicate this should be started in some areas of the state.
The continuing wet spring has made great conditions for slugs, and we are aware of corn and soybean fields suffering heavily from slug damage.
The PA Department of Ag (PDA) has announced that pre-registration will be required beginning June 1 for pesticide exams in Region 6 (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties).
Wrapping wet bales for baleage could help to ensure your hay fields are harvested at the correct stage of maturity.
Cutting height can have an effect on both the quality of your forage and the longevity of the stand.
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