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Production

Extension information and summaries of demonstrations and research conducted involving corn production in Pennsylvania.

Forage sorghum is a large, warm-season, annual grass that is adapted to Pennsylvania and can be grown as a silage crop.

Traditionally, corn produced in Pennsylvania and surrounding states is grown in rows that are 30 inches or wider. Now, producers and researchers are considering the potential of narrower rows such as 15 to 22 inches for corn production in Pennsylvania.

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of double-cropping corn following hay and to provide some recommendations for improving the success rate of the practice.

Crop rotations can benefit dairy farms in many ways. An effective crop rotation meets the feed needs of the operation, improves crop yields, reduces pest problems, and effectively uses on-farm nutrients.

Air seeders are used primarily for seeding small grains and soybeans, but have the potential to plant corn as well.

Research shows yield advantages to twin-row corn have occurred in some fields but have been somewhat inconsistent.

Over the past several years, the demand for organic corn has been increasing in our region.

In some ways it seems as if corn production hasn't changed that much, but if you take a minute to think about it, there have been an incredible number of changes in the technology that we use.

Recently, Extension Agent Del Voight has reported two separate fields showing the blunt ear syndrome or "beer can" ears in Lebanon County.

Drought and its effects are often part of growing corn in Pennsylvania. Although we can do little to influence the weather, we can make management decisions that minimize the impact of the drought on the utilization of the crop.

With the prognosis for continued low prices and the threat of drought looming on the horizon, let's discuss some ideas that we can use to maintain profitability of corn production.

Making cropping system recommendations on dairy operations is complex. Many agronomic decisions can impact feed production, feed quality, nutrient management, milk production and profitability.

Key strategies for corn production in years where corn prices are low.

Here are a few ways corn growers lose money.

A key ingredient to the success of a corn program is your crop rotation, the backbone of any feed or grain production system.

You may not have heard about the Dead Zone—or think it sounds like a horror movie title—but it may have serious implications for many U.S. corn producers in the future.

Switchgrass is a warm season perennial grass that provides excellent cover for pheasants, rabbits and deer. It can also provide high yields of a medium quality forage during the August summer slump in production of the cool season grasses.

By understanding the key losses in Corn and Soybeans, growers may ensure more grain gets into the bin and maximize income.

Looking back post-planting, looking forward pre-harvest. Hindsight is always 20/20, right? Still, it is a good idea to assess fields and get the visual impact.

Increasing populations of corn grain and silage seeding rates have dramatically risen in recent years.

The answer is found in data on corn yield and rotation effects from the Penn State Hunter Rotation experiments.

Each season there is much to be learned about corn production no matter how much experience one gains.

August is a great time to venture a few rows into our corn and soybeans.

June is the time to decide whether to replant or to keep current corn and bean stands. Here are some things to think about with stands and replanting decisions.