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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
Ron Hoover leads a cover crop field walk in Lancaster, PA.
October 15, 2012

Cover crops can help improve soil quality, save manure nitrogen or fix nitrogen for the following crop, supply rescue forage and can lead to improved ground- and surface water quality. Considering the interest in cover crops by farmers, the general public, and others, the Crop Management Team at Penn State Cooperative Extension have established cover crop trials on dairy farms across Pennsylvania since 2009. Field walks will be held at ten of this year's demonstration sites in November. At these events we will review results from the first two years of the project and you will have the opportunity to witness the performance of the cover crops and interact with peers and specialists to learn more about cover crops and their potentials.

October 2, 2012

Some unsettled weather for the next few days, along with the first chance of a few wet snowflakes in the state’s coldest regions, highlights this weeks’ weather outlook.

October 2, 2012

A recent scare at a dairy farm in Montour County reminds us about the dangers from gases that are present in and around manure storage facilities.

October 2, 2012

Read about fall manure applications, and in particular, how we should manage manure around fall cover crop establishment.

October 2, 2012

Thinking about harvesting alfalfa yet this fall? Read about some factors to consider when harvesting alfalfa in fall.

October 2, 2012

We’ve been hearing about more marestail resistance problems. Fall herbicide treatments are one option for battling this weed.

October 2, 2012

Guessing at your lime and fertilizer needs just doesn’t cut it. Fall is a great time to do your soil testing!

October 2, 2012

If you purchase hay or straw from the south, extra precautions to insure your product is free from fire ants needs to be taken.

October 2, 2012

Every year, we usually hear of at least one farmer being overcome by silo gas. Since there is still some silage corn standing across PA, it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves about the dangers surrounding silo gas.

September 25, 2012

A few unsettled days with some showers in the near forecast, followed by some temperature swings, highlight the weather outlook.

September 25, 2012

From killing sod stands to managing those tough perennial weeds, fall is an excellent time for weed control. Get some tips for those hard-to-manage weeds.

September 25, 2012

What has research taught us about stover harvest? Here, we offer some practical tips on stover management.

September 25, 2012

Take a look at some different options you have for marketing your grain. Here, we discuss some pros and cons of each.

Fig. 1. A corn pith weevil larva extending out of its tunnel in the upper node of a corn stem
September 25, 2012

While scouting for European Corn Borer, a new insect was recently discovered in the top of corn stalks this fall. Read about the Corn Pith Weevil, and where in Pennsylvania it was found.

September 18, 2012

A couple of dry days are anticipated to round out the end of the work week before another batch of showers arrives on Saturday.

September 18, 2012

Over the next few weeks, winter barley and wheat seeding will commence. Here are a few points to consider during this process.

Sorghum at hard dough
September 18, 2012

I had an interesting field trip with two crop advisors and their clients in Franklin County last week evaluating grain sorghum.

September 18, 2012

We got some interesting feedback on our arrested ears article last week that I wanted to share.

September 18, 2012

The Sentinel Plot Program funded by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is winding down for this year.

September 18, 2012

Over the last several years of working with what I consider the top soybean producers in Lebanon County I have learned the importance of timely harvest of soybeans.