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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
July 31, 2012

Corn and Soybean Conditions Across the US including PA.

July 24, 2012

The drought situation in Pennsylvania has not changed significantly within the past week, but rain over the past 7 days has brought some relief particularly to western and southern sections of the state.

July 24, 2012

Your “Summary of Protection” or “Schedule of Insurance” should have arrived within a few weeks of when you filed your acreage report.

July 24, 2012

Last week we reported that Penn State Extension’s Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network is detecting relatively high moth populations.

July 24, 2012

The Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.

Redroot pigweed.  Photo credit, University Missouri Extension
July 24, 2012

We’ve been hearing a lot over the last five plus years about glyphosate-resistant weeds but much less about other types of herbicide resistance.

July 24, 2012

The Weather Channel published an interesting article comparing the drought of 2012 with the Dust Bowl years.

July 17, 2012

Nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvania is abnormally dry and about a quarter of the Commonwealth is moving into moderate drought status. The weekend rains brought some relief, mainly to the southern counties on Sunday.

Silks attached to the ear tip indicate pollination problems
July 17, 2012

The dry and hot weather has everyone concerned about corn yields across the state.

July 17, 2012

With the dry weather and unusual year we have experienced, some growers may need to harvest corn for forage earlier than normal this season. In addition, some soybeans are still receiving herbicide applications.

July 17, 2012

If corn harvest begins earlier than normal this year because of drought, herbicide selection can help dictate what rotational crops can be planted.

July 17, 2012

Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.

July 17, 2012

Penn State Extension established the Western Bean Cutworm Monitoring Network again this year. This pest species has been present in Pennsylvania for at least three years now, but we have yet to receive any reports of infestations of caterpillars.

July 12, 2012

The past week has brought some reprieve of the very dry conditions across extreme western Pennsylvania that was discussed in last week’s weather outlook.

July 12, 2012

Insect and mite pest populations continue to build across Pennsylvania, but of course they are not everywhere.

July 12, 2012

Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania Soybean Board is funding a Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by Penn State Extension and The Dept. of Entomology.

July 12, 2012

Many of the soybeans and some other crops are still being managed for weeds. However, with much of the region in drought, there is some concern about the success in trying to control certain weeds under these dry conditions.

July 12, 2012

The continuing drought has many growers asking questions about foliar applications of a fungicide on tasseling corn.

July 12, 2012

Common teasel is very apparent right now, particularly along roadsides, but it can also be found occasionally in pastures and along field edges.