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Figure 1: Western bean cutworm caterpillar, showing the distinctive longitudinal lines in its collar (or pronotum) behind its head. (Image Credit: Eric Bohnenblust, Penn State)
Caterpillars in Corn: Earworm, Western Bean Cutworm or Corn Borer? - Articles Articles
The end of the summer is a good time to scout for caterpillar damage in corn. What is present will tell you if you have pests that need to be managed next year. More
Problem weeds in a pasture setting. (Source: Penn State Extension)
Biennial and Perennial Weed Control is Best in the Fall - Articles Articles

Biennial and Perennial Weed Control is Best in the Fall

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Take advantage of the application window late in the season. More
Organic bins and processing facility at Boyd Station. (Image Credit: Mary Barbercheck).
Boyd Station Serves Growing Market for Processed Organic Soybeans - News News
This Danville-area facility produces a variety of organic soybean products and offers incentives for farmers to transition to organic production. More
Figure 1. Wheat seed and young seedlings affected by Fusarium graminearum (white arrows). (Photo credit: Brandon Wilt, PSU-PPEM.)
Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed? - Articles Articles

Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed?

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Seeds can serve as the vehicle for unwanted plant pathogens and weeds. Avoid the risks! More
Palmer amaranth regrowth after crop harvest (Source: University of Delaware Weed Science)
Monitor Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp After Harvest - News News
Palmer amaranth and waterhemp can still set seed yet this fall even after harvest. Make sure to scout fields and control any escaped plants. More
Photo Caption: Kyle Imhoff
Weather Outlook for the Week of September 18, 2018 - News News
The remnants of Florence brought up to two inches of rain in areas. The rest of the week will be rather mild, but the first tastes of fall may arrive soon. More
A promising stand of alfalfa in bloom. Image Credit: Jessica Williamson
Fall Forage Establishment - Articles Articles

Fall Forage Establishment

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Pasture managers and hay producers have a window of opportunity in the late summer and early fall to improve existing or establish new stands through seeding. More
Soil compaction threat during silage harvest is high this year. Image Credit: Mark Madden
Soil Compaction Threat is High - News News

Soil Compaction Threat is High

09/12/2018

After another prolonged period of rainfall, the soils across most of the commonwealth are again saturated. More
Brown marmorated stink bugs on soybeans in Clinton County. Most soybean fields in Pennsylvania are in growth stage R6 or later and so are past the point when insects, like stink bugs, or diseases will reduce yield. Image Credit: Greg Roth
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program September 11, 2018 - News News
With soybean maturity approaching in most fields, insects and diseases are becoming less relevant, but most pest populations remain low. More
A kernel on this ear has already sprouted as a result of wet conditions this growing season. Image Credit: Greg Roth
Sprouting in the Ear - News News

Sprouting in the Ear

09/12/2018

Excessive rainfall during grain fill can sometimes result in preharvest sprouting in corn. If wet conditions continue, it would be good to assess this issue and take steps to minimize the impact. More
Symptoms of white mold as seen in 2018 in a field in Centre County. Image credit: P. Esker
Scouting for White Mold in Soybean - News News
White mold has been found in several soybean production fields in central and northern Pennsylvania. How can we assess the potential impact? More
Visiting a field in Somerset County are (left to right) Brian Ishman, Local Seed Company; Ed Kreider, GROWMARK FS; and Albert McIntier, Bedford Farm Bureau Co-op. Image Credit: Zach Larson
Pennsylvania Crop Tour Assesses 2018 Growing Conditions - News News
Good, but not record-breaking yields may be expected for many farms across the state. More
2018 Wheat Planting Considerations
2018 Wheat Planting Considerations - News News
Much of our wheat yield potential is a function of decisions that are made in the fall. Take time now to make plans for a successful wheat planting season this year. More
Carl Schmidt (center) talks about the organic transition process on Banner Farm (Image Credit: Maureen Casey)
Successful Transition to Organic at Banner Farm - Articles Articles
On-farm example focuses on organic transition. More
Life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Credit: Penn State Extension
Spotted Lanternfly is on the Move - News News
Spotted Lanternflies are now in the adult life stage and are much more mobile. More
Ensuring Quality Silage After Excessive Rains and Flooding
Ensuring Quality Silage After Excessive Rains and Flooding - News News
Large amounts of precipitation and flooding occurred throughout Pennsylvania this summer, and harvesting quality corn silage could be of concern. More
Funding is Available to Develop Soil Conservation and Nutrient Management Plans
Funding is Available to Develop Soil Conservation and Nutrient Management Plans - News News
Funding is now available to farmers to have soil conservation and nutrient management plans written. More
Mature soybean field in Centre County. Image Credit: Adriana Murillo-Williams
Soybean Sentinel Plot Report for September 4, 2018 - News News
With soybean maturity approaching in most fields, insects and diseases are becoming less relevant, but most pest populations remain low. More
Corn earworm (CEW) and feeding on corn ear tip. Image credit: Rachel Milliron.
Identifying Corn Earworm - News News

Identifying Corn Earworm

09/05/2018

Finding corn ears with feeding on the ear tip? More
Burcucumber in field of corn. Image credit: Penn State Weed Science.
Managing Burcucumber and Other Late Season Weeds in Corn and Soybeans - Articles Articles
Late season weeds, such as burcucumber, can cause problems with corn and soybean harvest. Consider some of the harvest aid recommendations below to manage these problems weeds. More
Alfalfa regrowth after the last summer cutting. Image Credit: Hanna Wells.
Potassium Management to Improve Alfalfa Winter Survival - Articles Articles
Proper potassium management in fall can improve winter survival of alfalfa. More
Cover Crop Seed Shortage This Fall
Cover Crop Seed Shortage This Fall - News News
If you are planning to buy cover crop seed, it is important that you do so quickly or there might not be any available. More
Bean leaf beetle adult, showing feeding damage. Photo credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org (images used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License).
Mexican Bean Beetle Causing Trouble? - News News
Reports from Chester County indicate there is a strong population of Mexican bean beetles defoliating soybeans. More
Are You Ready to Harvest Corn Silage?
Are You Ready to Harvest Corn Silage? - News News
The time to harvest corn silage is nearing. We took some measurements this week in Southeastern PA to see just how close we are. More
Harvest Supervisor Training
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This training will review the responsibilities of a PA Corn and Soybean Contest Supervisor More
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