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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
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.

September 18, 2012

There are combine heads that force air back into the platform to assist in reducing harvest as well as other types of heads.

September 18, 2012

It is best if the below information is distributed to producers prior to the 9/30 enrollment/policy change deadline.

September 18, 2012

I tend to record and track numbers, but have difficulty making sense of patterns or developing conclusions from a spreadsheet filled with figures.

September 18, 2012

Today is a rainy day in Happy Valley. The rain started last night and is expected to last throughout the day with bouts of very intense precipitation.

September 11, 2012

Expect three more days of mainly clear skies and a steady warming trend.

September 11, 2012

As we wind down the corn and bean season there are a few disease issues that come to the forefront.

Fig. 1. Stay-green condition caused by brown marmorated stink bug feeding on the edge of soybean field in Lancaster County.  Photo by Jeff Graybill, Penn State Extension.
September 11, 2012

Bean leaf beetle and brown marmorated stink bug remain the most relevant late season insect pest species in soybeans, though neither is well represented in our sentinel fields (see accompanying article in this issue of Field Crop News).

Brown knapweed, Alicia Spangler, PSU
September 11, 2012

In early August 2012, a horse owner in the Northern Allegheny County reported a neurologic condition in her horse believed to be caused by the ingestion of a weed.

September 11, 2012

We continue to get reports of arrested ears from around the state but some of the most common are here in Centre County.

September 11, 2012

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

September 11, 2012

A farmer in York County called this week to say that some of the pods on his soybeans were splitting open and that some seeds were sprouting.