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Claire Coombs, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension Mercer County
Introducing Claire Coombs to the Crops Team in Mercer County - News News
Claire Coombs joined the Field and Forage Crops Team in late October to help serve farmers in Mercer County More
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
PDA Adds 7 Counties to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone - News News
The quarantine area for spotted lanternfly has expanded and changed from municipal to county-level in an effort to protect at-risk areas. More
Photo credit: Greg Roth
Corn Drydown Issues - News News

Corn Drydown Issues

10/11/2017

With slow drydown in areas, it may be beneficial to identify fields that are good candidates for early harvest based on crop conditions and grain moisture. More
Grazing Corn Residue Grazing Corn Residue - News

Grazing Corn Residue

10/11/2017

Corn stover is often used as ground cover baled for bedding for the winter season, but it can also be utilized as a forage in some situations where feed supplies are limited. More
Photo credit: Jessica Williamson
Extending the Grazing Season Using Brassicas - News News
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
Photo caption: Canadian thistle in a grass hay stand 3 weeks after cutting. This a good stage of growth to spray with a herbicide in the fall.
Fall Management of Grass Hay Fields and Pastures - News News
Help your forage plants prepare for winter survival and spring regrowth. Weed control, soil fertility and liming are a few key factors to consider this fall. More
Figure 1. Different stalk rots of corn are known to occur in Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Ayllssa Collins
Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn - News News

Scouting for Stalk Rots in Corn

09/27/2017

An increase in stalk rots is possible as we move into harvest season. Learn the characteristics of five common stalk rots. More
Caption: European corn borer larva feeding in the whorl of a corn plant.
Selecting Bt Corn Traits for Insect Pest Management - News News
Design an effective rotation for resistance management with the Handy Bt Trait Table. More
Scouting pastures to identify forage species using a Pasture Evaluation Disc.
Pasture Management for Fall - News News

Pasture Management for Fall

09/13/2017

Be careful not to hurt your pasture stand this fall. Read about tips for successful fall pasture management. More
Photo credit: Rachel Milliron
Extending the Grazing Season Using Annual Grasses - News News
The growing season for perennial forages is limited and can be supplemented with annual grasses to “bridge the gap” in the grazing season of permanent pastures. More
2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show Recap and Results 2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show Recap and Results - News
The 2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show was a successful event, held in the Harrington Building during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days. More
Perennial Weed Control in Grass Hay and Pasture
Perennial Weed Control in Grass Hay and Pasture - News News
Dr. Bill Curran answers questions pertaining to perennial weed control strategies, timing, and products for grass pastures and hay fields. More
How Much Do Your Animals Weigh?
How Much Do Your Animals Weigh? - News News

How Much Do Your Animals Weigh?

08/02/2017

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) has recently updated the standard animal weights used in Nutrient Management Plans, effective October 1, 2019. More
Ohio State Field Day Report
Ohio State Field Day Report - News News

Ohio State Field Day Report

08/02/2017

A trip to Ohio provides some updates on their new fertilizer certification program, interseeding and crop management. More
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017
Soybean Sentinel Plot Program July 26, 2017 - News News
More reports this week from across the state that uniformly indicate low pest populations in the soybean fields we are scouting. More
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