Field Crop News
The recent heat and humidity will give way to slightly cooler but persistently humid conditions for the end of the week and into the weekend.
Rachel Milliron joined the Field and Forage Crops Team in July as an educator in Armstrong, Westmoreland, and Indiana Counties.
Lack of rain and high-ish temperatures are impacting crops in several counties. A question more and more farmers are asking lately is something like – “What must I do if I suspect a crop loss on crop insurance covered acres?”
Producers needing extra forage should take a look at the yields and quality Penn State has been getting with grasses and cover crops planted in September.
Although it is tempting to open the paddock gates and let livestock graze where and what they can find, maintaining a managed grazing system and keeping animals off scorched forages can be the key to healthy pastures in the fall and next spring.
Consider these proper equipment adjustments and techniques for making quality dry hay that few may know or do! A few pieces of aluminum foil can be used to properly set conditioner roll clearances.
Our reports continue to indicate very mild insect pressure, and still very little disease has been reported.
This week we feature a research plot on one of the farms that is new to the on-farm soybean research network this year. In addition, we have a brief update on the seed treatment tests that are on our cooperating farms out across the state.
Horseweed in Pennsylvania is beginning to flower and will start dropping seed in the coming weeks – learn why it’s important to remove any remaining mature plants now.
The "dog days of summer" will arrive soon!
With the spotty rains over the past few weeks, some growers might be thinking about abandoning the current crop and planting an emergency forage crop.
Management options for weed escapes in soybeans are limited at this point in the growing season. The goal is to prevent the spread of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp before and during harvest.
Including: Two-spotted spider mites, soybean aphid, potato leafhopper, western bean cutworm. A handful of insect pests are active and here is a run-down of some of the issues.
Our reports continue to indicate very mild disease and insect pressure.
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 in Field Crop News and the PA Soybean Board website.
This summer, some interesting differences show up between tillage and no-tillage treatments in our long-term tillage studies in Centre and Lancaster Counties. Tillage practices have been in place for 38 years in Centre County and for 12 years in Lancaster County.
Rainfall during the next two days will help with current drought conditions, but long-term relief is still uncertain.
Potassium (K) deficiency symptoms are appearing in corn fields around the state. Their cause may not be simple lack of Potash.