Field Crop News
Armyworm and potato leafhoppers have been found in corn and alfalfa fields around Pennsylvania. Scout your fields and refer to this article for a refresher on threshold levels and monitoring suggestions.
If you find burcucumber in or around fields, refer to this summary of mechanical and chemical control options for this difficult weed.
Fertility issues are becoming more evident around the state as crop growth takes off. There are a number of different options for improving fertility mid-season, but these will only work if the fertility issue is properly diagnosed.
Extensive scouting for soybean insect pests and diseases is occurring across the state. Little insect damage and disease has been identified so far. See this article for the full report.
Critical juncture to scout, assess and react, if necessary, to reduce any potential for vomitoxins this year.
Summer is here and despite patchy rains the weekends remain mostly pleasant.
Timely post applications are key for top yields. Treatments on the early side provides less risk than waiting and potentially ending up with poor weed control.
Additional locations are coming on-line as the crop gets underway throughout the state with reports showing an eager start to the crop once planted.
Assessing soybean emergence will help producers detect problems early enough to make timely management decisions and take corrective measures if warranted.
Persistent weather challenges, and delayed small grain maturity for some double-crop growers, have some producers looking at strategies to get a better result from less than ideal conditions.
2014 is keeping weed specialists, field reps and producers busy. Avoid the avoidable blunders in the bustle.
Federal clean air policies are potentially having an impact on Pennsylvania Farms. Soil test data showing a downward trend in sulfur soil test levels and deficiencies are indeed possible.
Focus on the here and now to make Today’s decision.
Care for yourself and valued employees during times of potential heat stress. Personal safety and a job well-done are important considerations.
Intermittent rain showers continue to tease most of the state and deficits to this point are largely overcome while indications are for ‘corn-growing’ weather coming mid-month.
As the soybean acreage continues to grow, we will have more acres of soybeans planted in to “virgin” soils where there has been no recent history of soybeans. Take a closer look at soybeans in “Virgin” soils for nodulation before its too late.
Members of the Aster family, particularly the ragweeds, are never good neighbors and it’s key to understand what your post treatment options are.
The Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion board is sponsoring the discovery of valuable crop management information for producers across Pennsylvania in an effort to improve the production and use of the commodity.