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Crop progress week of April 5

Soil temperatures in the 50’s and excellent soil moisture content are condition perfect this week for potato planting as seen in this photo of Timothy Coleman planting along Shirley Road in Elmer, Salem County. Winter small grain weed management is well underway. Early fall planted grains are tillering and rapidly outgrowing wild garlic and spring … Read More

Base 50 GDD tracking 2021 season

March 8, 2021 Growing degree days as calculated by the Climate Smart Farming CSF Growing Degree Day Calculator at http://climatesmartfarming.org/tools/csf-growing-degree-day-calculator/  The blustery winds last week heralded the return of spring. A check of the cumulative growing degree days using base 50 F since January 1, 2021 shows conditions are nearly normal for the 15 year … Read More

Snow geese grazing and wheat coming out of dormancy

Migrating geese grazing late fall planted wheat. March 3, 2021. Depending on when wheat was planted last fall, plants coming out of dormancy this week will be in Feeks growth stage 1 (rapid leaf development but not yet tilling). Zadoks growth stages 0 through 5 further define individual leaf expression. This field having one collar … Read More