Field Crop News
Corn is emerging slowly and sometimes in need of sunlight around the state. Recommendations for soil residual herbicides follow in this article.
Another site in Clinton County had a significant flight of black cutworm moths this past week. Look ahead to the 300 degree day mark (base 50) to begin scouting for cutworm activity. Cool weather may delay development for another week or two.
Scout now for infestations of cereal leaf beetle in small grain fields. The larval stage feeds on the leaves and fields appear white if heavily infested. Treatments are outlined for when reaching the economic threshold.
Born on a farm in upstate New York, Dr. Kristy Borrelli began her duties April 15, 2016 in the Department of Plant Science and was previously working in the Pacific Northwest as an Extension Specialist.
The past seven days has brought beneficial rains to many of the areas that were becoming very dry in late March and early April. Much of central Pennsylvania saw between one and two inches of rain since the middle of last week. The unsettled weather will continue through the remainder of the week and into the upcoming weekend.
A grain producer called here early the other morning and asked me how high I thought corn would go. I almost choked on my bagel. If you know me at all you recognize I couldn’t care less about forecasting future prices. What I care about is what you are doing when it comes to price risk management. For many price levels offer at least a small amount of profit, today.
Well it’s time to start taking about Palmer amaranth and waterhemp again. Penn State Extension Educators Mena Hautau and John Bray reported emerged Palmer seedlings last Friday at a cooperator farm in Berks County.
Reports from Kentucky and Indiana indicate that black cutworms are a bit more active than usual this year; thus, growers generally need to be aware of this situation and watch fields as the spring progresses.
The wet conditions we have been experiencing for the past few days have been ideal for slugs.
If you were unable to control winter annuals and biennials last fall, there is still time now.
Review this invasive weed’s key identification features to avoid human exposure and livestock poisoning.
This week is a great week to explore your earthworm populations - the soils are moist and are warming up after the winter, and earthworm activity is high.
With certain varieties of barley heading out in the southern regions, I have been receiving reports of loose smut this week.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that this week’s weather is going to put you in a bind, in more ways than one. From a wheat disease perspective, many of us are looking at wheat that is approaching heading or flag leaf.
Parts of central Pennsylvania (encompassing approximately 40% of the total state) has entered the “abnormally dry” category, according to the US drought monitor. While recent rain showers and thunderstorms have brought some reprieve, many places are still much drier than normal. Over the next seven days, there will be some opportunities for widespread beneficial rains across the state.
Historically glyphosate resistant horseweed was limited to the southeastern Pennsylvania down into the Delmarva and West in Ohio, but now it is much more common in central PA and has appeared in western PA as well.
Significant numbers of Black Cutworm moths have been trapped in some locations in PA. Alfalfa weevil and cereal leaf beetles populations need to be monitored in the upcoming weeks.
Spending some time going over your sprayer this spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later this spring.