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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
May 10, 2017

With many places dropping below freezing early in the week, the chilly air that has been the norm for much of the early part of May will persist at least through the upcoming weekend.

May 10, 2017

As spring progresses slowly, the normal line-up of pests are active and should be kept in mind, but two pests in particular seem to be on peoples’ minds.

May 10, 2017

Above average temperatures this spring has advanced the maturity of the rye as well as other forages. Depending on the planting date and your geographic location it is time to cut rye for straw.

Image 1. Frost damage to a stand of Japanese knotweed taken 5/9/2017
May 10, 2017

Temperatures crept at or below freezing the past couple of mornings, and you may be wondering if it has caused injury in wheat and barley crops.

May 10, 2017

It’s time to make wheat fungicide decisions. Consider your growth stage and risk levels to help you make the call on products and application timing.

May 10, 2017

Before you get to the field to cut hay, learn how to properly adjust your conditioning rolls for optimum performance.

May 10, 2017

Corn planting is underway again and with many fields getting planted this week. Yield prospects should be great again.

May 10, 2017

Farming for Success 2017 will be on Thursday, June 29th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in Manheim, PA

May 4, 2017

After a very active beginning of the week with widespread severe weather across the state, an extended period of cool and unsettled weather is on the way.

Figure 1: Large number of pea aphids crowding onto an alfalfa stem in Lancaster County (Photo by Jeff Graybill, Penn State Extension, Lancaster County)
May 4, 2017

Insect populations seem more active than usual this year, blame it on the mild winter if you like, or blame me, I can take it!

Poison hemlock in the spring time along a fencerow.  Image from Ohio State University.
May 4, 2017

“This is the time of year when you start to notice poison hemlock in your pastures or along fence rows and roadsides. Best management practices should take place before it flowers, produces more seed, and continues to spread”.

May 4, 2017

As the days become warmer and spring continues to saturate Pennsylvania, it is important to keep an eye on hayfields as they mature at varying speeds during the up’s-and-down’s of early spring weather.

May 4, 2017

Soil compaction threat increased in much of the state after significant rainfall over the past days. Avoiding compaction has been shown to be much more cost effective than repairing it.

May 4, 2017

Information about these sessions and registration for each are forthcoming. Watch for details in upcoming Field Crop Newsletters.

May 4, 2017

Spring is a very vulnerable time for soil if it is uncovered, tilled up, and devoid of organic matter. This week’s heavy rainstorms caused significant erosion on exposed soils.

April 26, 2017

Milder, but unsettled weather is on tap through early next week.

Timothy field near Gettysburg browning because of aphid infestation. (Photo by Dean Collamer, Growmark FS
April 26, 2017

Have you seen browning in timothy fields? It may be due to a heavy aphid population.