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Field Crop News

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

April 26, 2017

Be sure you are scouting for marestail before you plant your no-till soybeans and using effective herbicides with both burndown and residual control.

April 26, 2017

As we move into the last days of April and early May, corn and soybean planting will be in full swing. Take a few minutes to review this checklist to ensure optimum planter performance.

April 26, 2017

While you’re waiting to get in the field with a corn planter, now is an important time to scout for wheat, barley and alfalfa disease.

April 26, 2017

Small grain crops are maturing earlier than normal. Now is the time to monitor maturity and make the necessary management adjustments to your timetable.

The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
April 26, 2017

Learn about the important role these often forgotten insects play on your livestock farm.

Penn State University Soil Lab Tech, Credit:  Greg Grieco
April 20, 2017

Are you getting excited about planting now that spring is here? How about getting your lawn in shape? Before you get carried away with shopping for your garden plants and buying lime and fertilizer, please consider getting your soil tested to find out exactly what nutrients you need in order to have a happy lawn and garden.

April 12, 2017

A period of dry weather with seasonal temperatures will precede more unsettled weather toward the weekend.