Crops and Soils

The Extension Field and Forage Crops Team provides producers with research-based information on grain and forage crops, soil quality, and nutrient management.

Field Crop News

Weather Outlook for the Week of May 16, 2017
May 17, 2017
Near-record heat and Thursday showers will transition to more seasonable weather for the weekend.
Grazing Residue Height Matters
May 17, 2017
Now that spring is upon us and pastures across the state have grown to an adequate height to begin grazing, it is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result.
Fields in Danger of Soil Crusting
May 17, 2017
With recent heavy rains, fields that have already been planted may be prone to soil crusting, which can reduce emergence, lower final stands and significantly impact crop yields.
Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State
Reducing Forage Harvest Losses
May 17, 2017
Ready, Set, Mow! First cutting alfalfa is underway in many parts of the state. Every pass across the field reduces the amount of dry matter you end up with in a bale. How much are you leaving behind?
Take Time to Calibrate Your Grain Drill
May 17, 2017
Do you Really know your seeding rate? Before you hit the field to plant soybeans, make sure your drill is calibrated.