Field Crop News
When I’m ready to learn about agricultural marketing one of my primary sources is the University of Illinois. This institution has what I believe to be a stellar Ag Economics department with an excellent set of researchers and teachers. Let’s review some of my notes from when I was in the audience the middle of December at one of their Extension events.
Are more farmers interested in injecting manure now than previously? Should there be an increase in the interest in manure injection? Both questions will be valuable in helping to determine the future of this practice in Pennsylvania.
There is increasing concern with sulfur (S) deficiency due to reduced atmospheric S deposition which is reflected in a trend toward lower soil test S levels in all samples run by the Penn State Ag Analytical Laboratory (AASL) over the last 10 years. Research was recently conducted to determine the extent and severity of S deficiency in Pennsylvania.
Recently the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) worked together to develop consistent, simple, and flexible policy for cover crop practices.
Penn State Extension Field & Forage Crops Team offers a number of specialty workshops this December. Sign up today online to learn alongside your neighbors more about how you can better your crop production practices.
Weed management specialists at Penn State have released a 5-Part series of videos on managing and identifying herbicide resistant pigweeds in the mid-Atlantic.
Results from the 2016 Penn State Corn and Soybean Trials have been posted online. Now is a good time to identify some new high yielding genetics that may be available for your operations.
Xtendimax now has a federal label for use in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. How this will impact soybean production in Pennsylvania is still yet to be determined.
A new noxious weed act will be introduced to Pennsylvania in 2017 that will help protect you and your farm from invasive noxious weeds.
You may be receiving an email or a letter from Penn State in the coming weeks. You need to take action in order to continue receiving updates and alerts from Extension.
As expected, the world has a burdensome supply of wheat and corn from the 2016 season and adequate supplies of soybeans. This gives us two primary questions; “What should I do with what remains of my cash crops?” and “What can we do for 2017 crops?”
After a relatively mild and dry month of November across Pennsylvania, the weather will become wintrier as December progresses.
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.
With much of the eastern US experiencing dry and mild weather since the first of November, the next week will bring shots of some colder air to the state but with very little in the way of widespread precipitation.
Many have inquired about how late an herbicide application can be made in the fall and still be effective. Below are some comments about controlling perennials and winter annual weeds at this time of year.
Tips to identify ear rot and action to take if you suspect it on your corn crop.
The warm fall coupled with timely planting has resulted in excellent growth of many small grain and cover crop fields across the state. While this is a bonus if you were looking to take a late fall harvest, it is not necessarily a good thing for winter survival.
The Pennsylvania Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program team has released 2016 results available to download.