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6/22/2013 7:00 AM

To Attend The <\n>Farming For Success Field Day

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to register for the 2013 Farming for Success Field Day — June 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s field day promises to be another informative event featuring a wide range of crop production and soil fertility topics. You will be able to see research projects in the field with tour stops featuring presentations by Penn State Extension specialists and other industry professionals. Participants will choose from three different tracks based upon their own interests.

Five Certified Crop Adviser credits (CCA), 1.5 Pennsylvania Nutrient Management and 1.5 Pennsylvania Manure Hauler/Broker Credits will be available at the field day.

Tour stops and session highlights include:

Responding to the GMO scare — How to separate the science from the emotion, and communicate with your non-farm neighbors.

A farmer panel with three of the top corn and soybean growers in the state.

GPS, guidance systems, yield mapping, nitrogen sensing.

Industry partners will demonstrate the latest technology for large and small farms.

Non-traditional cover crop establishment will be discussed.

Attendees will see the Penn State inter-seeder and other methods of establishing beneficial cover crops in standing corn and soybeans. There will be a presentation on weed resistance and management strategies. Participants will view teff, BMR sorghum, turnip, Sudan grass and other alternative forages to fill the summer slump.

While at the field day, visitors can visit the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance soil health and no-till tent. Participants will see the PSU wheat variety trials and hear a disease/management update. There will be a soybean On-Farm Network update and tips on nitrogen management from three professional crop scouts.

The cost is $10 including lunch. The event will be held at the Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SEAREC), 1446 Auction Road, Manheim, PA 17545. To register, call Penn State Extension in Lancaster County, 717-394-6851.

To Understand Agricultural Exports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its fourth Outlook for U.S. Agriculture. For fiscal year 2013, USDA projects $139.5 billion in agricultural exports in FY 2013, which if realized would be a new record. Since 2009, U.S. agricultural exports have climbed from $96.3 billion in 2009 to the most recent forecast of $139.5 billion.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said: “Today’s report is promising news that keeps American agriculture on track to continue the strongest period of exports in our nation’s history. Agricultural exports are an important part of our economy, supporting more than one million jobs — and as a part of President Obama’s National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014, USDA has worked hard to open new markets for quality U.S. agricultural products.

“We’ve helped achieve new trade agreements with countries around the world, helped organic producers export more products through new equivalency agreements, broken down hundreds of unfair barriers to trade, and utilized trade promotion programs that have helped more than 1,000 U.S. businesses and organizations promote agricultural products abroad.

“Today, we’re looking ahead to the next big achievements — particularly a Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian nations, and a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union.

“We must continue working to strengthen markets and opportunity in American agriculture. That’s one reason why it is important that Congress achieve passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill as soon as possible.

“Trade promotion efforts provided by the current Farm Bill have been extremely valuable for U.S. producers. A long-term Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would continue these programs, enabling USDA to keep working with producers and businesses to promote their quality products around the world. This is an important step to further increase agricultural exports from the United States and create more good jobs here at home.

“As we continue our efforts to strengthen agricultural trade, USDA will keep working hard to help Congress pass a multiyear, comprehensive bill as soon as possible.”

To Control Weeds in Soybeans

Post-emergence soybean herbicide applications are happening across the state. It seems like growers frequently are trying to wait until they think all the weeds have emerged before they make these applications, which can be too late or at least less than optimum to maximize yield. Extension agronomist Bill Curran believes it is better to spray a little on the early side than risk later applications and potential yield loss and poor weed control. Assuming you start clean either with a burndown application or tillage, it is important to remove weeds by 5 to 7 weeks after soybean planting, which is generally when annual weeds are 6 inches tall or less. If more severe infestations of annuals exist or if perennials are the primary concern, applications may need to be adjusted one way or another by a week or so.

Glyphosate can be applied over the top to Roundup Ready soybeans up to 1.5 pounds acid equivalent per acre. This is equivalent to 44 fluid ounces of Roundup PowerMax/WeatherMax, 48 fluid ounces of Touchdown Total or Durango DMA/Duramax or 64 fluid ounces of most generic types of glyphosate. You can use up to 66 fluid ounces of Powermax equivalent in your soybean crop (44 fluid ounces for corn). Use the higher rates for perennials and large or hard to control annuals. Glyphosate can be applied to RR soybean from emergence through flowering (R2 stage — ends when a pod is 5 millimeters or 3/16 inch long at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem). Include an appropriate surfactant if the product is not fully loaded and AMS for hard water or when tank mixing.

Quote Of The Week

“Our farmers are the most efficient in the world. In no other country do so few people produce so much food to feed so many at such reasonable prices to consumers.”

— President Dwight D. <\n>Eisenhower, April 1956


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