No-till farming benefits field and forage crop production by reducing soil erosion, conserving water, improving soil health, and reducing fuel and labor costs.
Since 2012, The Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board has funded a Soybean Sentinel Plot Program, which is being managed by The Dept. of Entomology at Penn State. In this effort, Penn State Extension Educators are regularly scouting twenty or so ‘typical’ soybean fields in 15-20 counties across the state, reporting the populations of plant pathogens and insect pests that they find. Our expectation is that growers will use our reports to know what insects are likely to be active when they scout their own fields. During the growing season, we report the results weekly via Field Crop News, the most recent articles of which are posted to the right.
Insect pest fact sheets that affect field crops and stored grains
For the past few years, folks in Pennsylvania have heard reports from midwestern states of continuous corn growers struggling to control populations of western corn rootworms that developed resistance to some Bt corn varieties. Thus far, this problem has occurred elsewhere, with the closest fields with suspected resistance being found in central Michigan and New York north of Ithaca. Unfortunately, this problem may now have found a home in Pennsylvania.