Field Crop News
Due to an all Extension Staff conference next week our newsletter will not be published on April 19th, the newsletter will resume its weekly schedule again on April 26th.
A brief reprieve from the wet weather will lead into the next period of unsettled weather on Thursday and Friday followed by a roller-coaster ride in temperatures through next week.
Grazing can be a great way of farming on steep slopes not suited for crop production. However, care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals so that undue soil degradation does not occur.
Penn State Extension will again monitor black cutworm populations across the state. Keep monitoring for this prospective pest.
Mild winter weather and a more severe than usual stripe rust season in the south in 2016 may put us at risk for early rust issues in our PA wheat and barley crops in 2017.
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.
Scout your grass forage fields now and treat winter annuals and biennials with a foliar-applied herbicide when they are susceptible. Prowl H2O can now be used for summer annual grass and broadleaf weed control in grass hay and pasture.
Managing pastures for nutrient and soil retention is in the best interest of producers and the environment. Spring is a great time to evaluate your management techniques; you can learn a lot at this time of year when things look their worst.
Overall Pennsylvania had a cooler than normal March with near normal precipitation. Will the month of April continue with that pattern or not?
What did this winter do to our cover crops? That was my question after experiencing unseasonably high temperatures followed by significant cold snaps.
The mild winter and recent warm weather have many folks wondering if pest problems are bound to be worse this growing season.
How early can herbicides be sprayed before corn or soybeans are planted? The below article provides some information about early preplant applications.
Trials conducted over three years show that several shorter-lived residual corn herbicides can be used successfully with interseeded cover crops; at the same time the use of longer-lived residual herbicides will likely preclude successful interseeding practices in corn.
The Integrated Weed Management Resource Center is a new online tool, maintained in part by Penn State Extension weed specialists, to find weed management information, ask questions, and read timely articles on weed management news.
The use of Precision Agriculture-based decision making to determine fertilizer rates and hybrid types and planting rates is becoming more common. However, with the increased use of Precision Ag and the collection of farm information comes questions regarding the ownership and rights of data.
Current Penn State Extension Educator Position Openings - Pass the word along!
The Field and Forage Crops Team is currently seeking individuals to fill the following positions. Please pass along to those you feel may be a good fit for the job.