Field Crop News
A pattern of warm, humid days mixed with cooler, drier days is expected this week and should continue into mid-June.
After significant flights of black cutworm moths were observed across parts of the state this spring, growers are advised to scout their corn fields for black cutworm feeding.
Stay alert for cereal leaf beetle in small grains and potato leafhopper in alfalfa.
Research conclusions for pokeweed control in corn and soybean.
Poison hemlock is growing aggressively in Southeast PA. Review this weed’s key identification features to avoid unintentional livestock poisoning.
After some substantial rainfall over the commonwealth late last week, a much drier pattern will ensue for the upcoming seven days.
Two weather fronts, one from the East and one from the West, collided last Thursday May 15th, causing the atmosphere near the U.S. East coast to be squeezed like a sponge.
With the unusually cool weather interspersed with heavy rain, some corn has emerged without receiving a residual herbicide application.
Fusarium head blight (a.k.a. head scab) is a disease of wheat and barley that can lead to the production of toxins in grains.
It seems that black cutworm moths just keep coming.
As field activities heat up, questions often arise on what to charge for custom services, equipment rental and barn, shed or bin rental. There are a number of sources available for this information.
Although weather leading up to planting season may not have been ideal across much of the U.S., the most recent USDA crop progress report illustrates the capacity of our farm community to get acres planted. Let’s look at a brief summary from the May 19, 2014 report.
Lancaster, Chester Counties Nationally Ranked in U.S. Agriculture
Still a “mixed-bag” of weather across Pennsylvania with some areas starting to show rainfall deficits while many continue to get isolated showers and/or some stubborn cool temperatures.
Plans to further evaluate interseeder impact on yields, N contribution, soil quality, herbicide response, and more continue with summer/fall field days to follow.
Use the ‘ball test’ to assess soil conditions and attention to details for planter setup to avoid sidewall compaction and hopefully ensure a good stand.
Growers are advised to stay alert for cereal leaf beetle in small grains and watchful with respect to the onset of potential black cutworm feeding in corn.