Updates From the Field

Penn State models are showing medium to high pressure for fusarium head blight (or scab) in wheat in many parts of Western New York. This Purdue Extension publication offers more information about fusarium head blight. Pioneer Agronomy article, Managing Diseases in Wheat is another good source of information. The photo below shows fusarium head blight (courtesy of Pioneer).


Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Wheat in our area has tillered and is greening up, but likely will not be affected by the cold, snowy days we’ve had in April. Wheat growth stages are measured according to the Feekes scale – the greening up stages are Feekes 4-5. In an Ohio State study, wheat at Feekes stages 4-5 showed very little injury at temperatures of 14-27 degrees F. For more information on how to manage your wheat according to its growth stages, see Managing Wheat by Growth Stage from Purdue Extension. These growth stages are also very important to timing your herbicide applications.




Updated: Apr 15, 2020

Welcome to Ochs Consulting’s Updates from the Field! In our travels from farm to farm throughout the growing season, we have a view of agriculture across multiple counties in Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania. We try to identify potential problems before they become major issues. We also enjoy seeing how the crops are looking across a wide area as the season progresses. We will be sharing these experiences using Updates from the Field. A typical Update will briefly address an issue we are seeing, and then provide links to additional information.


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