Field Crop News
Organized, widespread precipitation is not anticipated for the next 7-day period.
Two migratory pests that are relevant for field and forage production have arrived again in Pennsylvania.
At noon eastern time on June 30th we will get the more frequent "stocks" report along with the highly anticipated annual "acres" report.
Current report: Our reports indicate very mild insect pressure, though grasshopper populations seem to be growing with the warmer temperatures. Slug activity has slowed down a lot as dry conditions have spread. Very little disease has been reported. Our scouting efforts indicate that insects, slugs, and pathogens are not posing a great threat to our sentinel soybean fields, and I would expect this to be the case the great majority of fields in PA; thus, insecticides and fungicides are likely not necessary, but scout your fields to find out for yourself.
After an unsettled beginning to the week across parts of the region, a brief period of dry weather Wednesday afternoon will precede another disturbance that will bring more wet weather on Thursday.
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking at potential nutrient deficiencies. Generally if you contact someone for help or look up the symptoms these are things you are going to need to know.
Those soybeans that made it through the tough seedling stages this year can consider themselves lucky. The next thing we need to concern ourselves with is foliar disease.
The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects and the establishment of sentinel plots that can help growers focus their scouting activities.
Perennial broadleaf weeds that have escaped earlier control attempts are making the phones ring for advisors across the state. The vulnerability of a weed to a control measure is function of the timing and choice of material used.
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.
Nitrogen recommendations are very good on average, but if you want to be above average you need to go beyond just the basic recommendations.