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Field Crop News

The latest news from the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team.
April 12, 2017

A Bill introducing the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act has been introduced to both the House and Senate. The new Act will modernize PA’s noxious weed law by prioritizing invasive plant management based on the ability to effectively contain or even eradicate certain species.

April 12, 2017

Do you already use Facebook or Twitter? Do you want a seamless way to stay in the loop? The Field and Forage Crops Team has a Facebook page and Twitter account. Connect with us to receive regular updates about current issues and educational programs.

April 12, 2017

Grassed Waterways are not maintenance free. Don’t let a bund prevent your waterway from performing its job.

April 12, 2017

Recent heavy rainfall has caused soil erosion in fields. Do you know the difference between rill and gully erosion? There are a few practices that you can do to reduce rill erosion.

April 12, 2017

When we think of grazing corn we often think of cattle in a green field of corn in the summer or cattle grazing corn stover in the winter after grain was harvested. Another management tactic is to plant corn with the purpose to graze the standing corn in the winter. Plan now to provide corn for grazing for the winter of 2017/18.

Penn State Extension is evolving to better serve its stakeholders with enhanced customer service and relevant products and programs, delivered online and through its statewide network of county-based educators.
April 12, 2017

Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves, according to leaders of the organization.

April 12, 2017

Due to an all Extension Staff conference next week our newsletter will not be published on April 19th, the newsletter will resume its weekly schedule again on April 26th.

April 5, 2017

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.

April 5, 2017

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.

April 5, 2017

Penn State Extension will again monitor black cutworm populations across the state. Keep monitoring for this prospective pest.

April 5, 2017

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.

April 5, 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.

Continuously grazed pasture allows for selective grazing, reducing desirable forage competitiveness against weeds and leading to weed encroachment and spread.
April 5, 2017

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.

April 5, 2017

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.

March 29, 2017

Overall Pennsylvania had a cooler than normal March with near normal precipitation. Will the month of April continue with that pattern or not?

Data from Weather Underground
March 29, 2017

What did this winter do to our cover crops? That was my question after experiencing unseasonably high temperatures followed by significant cold snaps.

Fig. 1. Screen capture of the PA-PIPE’s degree-day accumulation departure from average up to 28 March 2017
March 29, 2017

The mild winter and recent warm weather have many folks wondering if pest problems are bound to be worse this growing season.

March 29, 2017

How early can herbicides be sprayed before corn or soybeans are planted? The below article provides some information about early preplant applications.