Forage Production

Early weed control in corn

The top five tips for controlling early-season weeds are offered from weed scientists from Minnesota, Nebraska and Illinois. The most competitive weeds in corn will be about 3-4 inches tall when corn reaches the V3-V4 growth stage. FULL STORY »

Unpredictable weather requires proper corn management

There may be no such thing as the "normal" growing conditions that many corn farmers have been longing for after enduring extreme weather in recent years, a Purdue University Extension agronomist says. FULL STORY »

Guide helps to identify crop problems

A pocket guide designed by Purdue University Extension to be an in-field reference for corn and soybean producers is now available. FULL STORY »

Do your forages need more calcium?

Insufficient calcium in plants leads to a breakdown of cell walls and membranes, and to a variety of disease and post-harvest problems. FULL STORY »

Adaptive management for corn nitrogen

Although it is well known that yields depend strongly on N input, the precision on the amount recommended is often less than desired. Adaptive management is an on-going process. No matter how sophisticated, a decision support system needs to be evaluated and adapted to meet the needs of the specific operation. FULL STORY »

Gain knowledge on stem diseases of alfalfa

This second of three articles on alfalfa diseases gives a brief look at common stem diseases, which can cause loss of vigor and reduction in yield and quality. FULL STORY »

Be cautious when interpreting early fall soil-test results

In many regions, early fall has been characterized by exceptionally dry conditions due to low rainfall in late summer and early fall, especially since corn and soybean physiological maturity. This may affect quality of soil samples and soil-test results. FULL STORY »

Goss’s wilt continues to spread, threatens corn yield

Goss's wilt, a corn bacterial disease historically confined to the Great Plains, has spread to several states in the Midwest and is moving north and east. FULL STORY »

Assessing drought impacts on corn

Now is the time to make some assessments on the impacts of the drought and heat stress on corn, according to Greg Roth, grain crop management, Penn State University. FULL STORY »

Recommendations for managing profitability with a poor corn crop

Springtime excessive rainfall followed by summertime drought means Pennsylvania dairy producers are facing big challenges in corn silage production that extend beyond a decrease in its nutritional value. “We’ve received a lot of calls from producers and nutritionists about how to deal with this year’s corn silage,” notes Virginia Ishler, nutrient management specialist with the Penn State Extension Dairy Team and manager of the Penn State Dairy Research Complex. From a nutritional standpoint, corn silage without ears is similar to feeding grass silage, explains Ishler. This coupled with low-quality hay crop forage means energy will be the biggest limiting factor from a nutritional standpoint. FULL STORY »

Late summer alfalfa management key to strong spring stands

Good seedbed preparation and late summer management are among the biggest factors that determine a successful, high-yielding alfalfa crop. FULL STORY »

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