Counting carabids in a cup; Claude the clod and other critters; infiltration by rotation races; pernicious plants and weedy wanderers…what do these topics have in common?
For agricultural producers who explore adding value by changing a farm-fresh commodity into a consumer ready food, one of the biggest challenges they face is the cost of setting up a commercial kitchen – especially for a product that has not been tried in the marketplace.
Cover crops are one of the keys to success when it comes to improving soil quality and reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment.
Six years ago, producing certified organic apples in Pennsylvania might have seemed impossible given the wide range of pests and diseases that apple trees are susceptible to. But with increasing input costs and a market flooded with imported apples, Pennsylvania orchardists were hurting and some wondered if the organic option was worth a look.
A team of Penn State researchers are investigating how different organic feed and forage production systems can be managed to deal with perennial weed populations without compromising soil quality.
Existing in such a prime hub for all things sustainable ag, the Penn State Sustainable Agriculture Club is a small group of individuals.