Dry Weather Makes for Good Field Conditions in Pennsylvania
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Stay connected with what’s going on in the field during #plant16 through this series of brief interviews with Crop Science sales reps in various regions. Keep checking back for more!
2016 Planting Season Update: Q&A with Kent Taylor, Customer Business Advisor for the Colonial (Northeast) District and Sales Rep at Crop Science, a Division of Bayer.
Kent is the Customer Business Advisor for the Colonial (Northeast) District, and also is serving a dual role as the Pennsylvania sales representative at this time.
Key Crops in Territory:
Please note that this interview was conducted on April 1st, 2016
Kent Taylor is pictured with apple trees at the green tip stage. Green tip describes when green leaf tissue begins to emerge out of the fruit buds as they prepare to bloom.
What’s happening in your area right now?
“Some of our early apple varieties like Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji and Granny Smith are now at three-quarter inch green, (when about three-quarters of an inch of green leaf tissue is emerging out of the fruit buds). We’ve had several scab events in apples, so fungicides are definitely being sprayed right now. Peaches are in bloom, and wheat is currently being sprayed with herbicides throughout the territory. Some of the wheat has approached early jointing, which means it is on the late side. Weedy grasses like Poa annua and Italian ryegrass are probably going to be tough to control at this stage.”
Tell us about the weather.
“The winter was short with only a couple of significant snowfalls. The conditions have been fairly dry since fall, which has made it great for field work. Growers have been plowing and spreading fertilizer throughout the month of March. Custom applicators have been busy for the last two weeks and are way ahead of normal. Growers in Pennsylvania tend to plant toward the end of April in the southern tier of counties and the first part of May in the center and northern tier of counties. Frost-free dates for central Pennsylvania tend to be mid-May.”
“The good field conditions the last two weeks have taken some of the pressure off, because customers are busy spreading and spraying fields, and growers are starting to get into the swing as spring has hit.”
Follow the planting season conversion using #plant16 on Twitter, and be sure to mention @Bayer4CropsUS!
What are growers doing in other areas of the U.S. for planting season? Find out:
North Dakota: Q&A with Mike Hillstrom
Pacific Northwest: Q&A with Paul Pargeter
South Dakota: Q&A with Ronald Anderson
Southwest Minnesota: Q&A with Torrey Sharkey
Central Florida: Q&A with Roy Morris
Texas Rio Grande Valley: Q&A with Rick Hernandez