Field Crop News
A long-standing program gets an exciting new twist with the implementation of production regions to compare producer entries across similar growing environments.
If you’re involved in any way with field crop production in the state of Pennsylvania you have a role to play in the identification and management of invasive pigweeds. Tools to help with that effort are available now at upcoming events.
Cool and tranquil weather has dominated the first half of the week. More unsettled weather will arrive for Thursday and Friday followed by another period of dry weather through early next week.
The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects. Periodically, participating farms are highlighted on the PA soybean board website and their facebook page. This week we check in with Bob and Doreen Shearer.
Reports from Pennsylvania and New York indicate that some spring seeded alfalfa is struggling to establish.
Abundant opportunities exist for farming enterprises and businesses to achieve value-added production. Free, online courses from SARE provide support for making business plans and setting achievable goals.
Current report: Most fields are emerging with some as far along as V2.
The last couple of weeks have featured lots of sunshine and very warm temperatures, but much cooler weather will prevail for the coming week as a large circulation of Canadian air dominates our weather pattern.
Nitrogen recommendations are very good on average, but if you want to be above average you need to go beyond just the basic recommendations.
Similar to the past four growing seasons, and again this year, the Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board is funding a Soybean Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Department of Entomology at Penn State.
Alfalfa is called the queen of forages because of its high yield and high forage value.
Please welcome our new Integrated Weed Management Specialist Annie Klodd.
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.