Species and Varieties

Information on choosing the best species and varieties of agronomic crops, including winter barley, winter wheat, field corn, seed corn, soybeans, rye and hay. Tips on considerations in seed use and preparing for the first cutting.

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Harvesting wheat trials in Pennsylvania. Image credit: Greg Roth
Winter Wheat and Barley Trials Posted - News News
Winter wheat and barley variety trials have been posted. Wheat yields were good, feed barley yields were variable and some of new malting barley lines continue to yield well. More
2018 Barley and Winter Wheat Performance Trials
2018 Barley and Winter Wheat Performance Trials - Articles Articles

2018 Barley and Winter Wheat Performance Trials

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Mark Antle

Reports for winter barley and wheat performance trials conducted at Penn State in 2018. We will continue to update this site as more data becomes available on grain quality and other traits. More
Photo Credit: Zach Larson
Planting Green Events to be Held in Shippensburg and Bedford - News News
See how planting green can be used to improve soil health and bottom lines on your farm. More
Upcoming Events for June 27th
Upcoming Events for June 27th - News News

Upcoming Events for June 27th

06/27/2018

Field Day Announcement: Penn State Hemp Research Field Day, Southeast Research and Extension Center, August 7, 2018 More
New growth on alfalfa. Credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Cutting Height in Hay Fields: How Low Can You Go? - Articles Articles
As you head out to cut hay this spring, take time to examine your cutting height. How does your height match up with the following recommendations? More
New growth on alfalfa. Photo credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Assessing Your Alfalfa Stand this Spring - Articles Articles
As alfalfa breaks dormancy this spring, take time to evaluate the condition of your stand. Is it good enough to keep? More
Sheep grazing in pasture. Credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Frost Seeding Time is Here - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Now is the time to consider frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. More
Photo credit: Dwane Miller
Outstanding Lineup Slated for the 2018 PA Forage Conferences - Articles Articles
Visit with industry professionals and farmers and enjoy the day listening and learning about educational topics pertaining to forage production! More
Frost Seeding of Pastures
Frost Seeding of Pastures - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Read about frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. More
2018 Corn Grain and Silage Variety Trials
2018 Corn Grain and Silage Variety Trials - News News
Corn grain and silage tests are conducted annually to provide information regarding the performance of corn grown in Pennsylvania. More
Standing in Soybean Variety Trial, by Greg Roth, PSU
2017 Soybean Performance Trials Posted - News News
Soybean performance trials for 2017 have been posted. These tests include both glyphosate resistant, non-glyphosate resistant variety entries at two locations. More
2017 Soybean Variety Trials
2017 Soybean Variety Trials - Articles Articles

2017 Soybean Variety Trials

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Mark Antle

Soybean tests are conducted annually to provide information regarding the performance of soybeans grown in Pennsylvania. More
Treated (left) and non-treated (right) soybean seeds. Photo credit: Paul Esker & Alyssa Collins, Penn State.
Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings - Articles Articles

Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings

Paul D. Esker, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Make choices for a healthy crop next season before putting even one seed in the ground. More
Penn State’s Corn Silage and Grain Hybrid Tests for 2017
Penn State’s Corn Silage and Grain Hybrid Tests for 2017 - News News
Penn State’s Corn Agronomy program publishes corn silage and grain hybrid test results each year. More
2017 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report
2017 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report - Articles Articles
This report provides independent and unbiased information for the evaluation of commercial corn grain and silage hybrids available in Pennsylvania. More
Photo credit: Jessica Williamson
Extending the Grazing Season Using Brassicas - News News
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
Photo by Margaret Douglas/Penn State
Pay Attention to Seed Options When Replanting Following Slug Damage - Articles Articles
Some are replanting corn and/or soybean following heavy slug damage. Pay attention to genetic, insect-resistant traits and seed-applied treatments because all that is offered is not always necessary. More
Two of the most popular cover crops, crimson clover and cereal rye, grow together in a mix to help build soil health and control weeds. Photo credit: Annie Klodd.
Cover Crops Success is Encouraging to Farmers Nationwide - News News
Cover crop acreage is expected to rise across the U.S. due to the success of the practice mainly in improving soil health and other aspects of crop production. More
Plan Now for a Healthy Small Grain Crop
Plan Now for a Healthy Small Grain Crop - News News
The choices you make now have everything to do with your crop quality at harvest. Here’s what to consider. More
2016 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report
2016 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report - Articles Articles
This report provides independent and unbiased information for the evaluation of commercial corn grain and silage hybrids available in Pennsylvania. More
2014 Soybean Variety Tests
2014 Soybean Variety Tests - Articles Articles

2014 Soybean Variety Tests

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Soybean tests are conducted annually to provide information regarding the performance of soybeans grown in Pennsylvania. More
2015 Soybean Variety Tests
2015 Soybean Variety Tests - Articles Articles

2015 Soybean Variety Tests

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Soybean tests are conducted annually to provide information regarding the performance of soybeans grown in Pennsylvania. More
2014 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report
2014 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report - Articles Articles
This report provides independent and unbiased information for the evaluation of commercial corn grain and silage hybrids available in Pennsylvania. More
2015 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report
2015 Results: PA Commercial Grain and Silage Hybrid Corn Tests Report - Articles Articles
This report provides independent and unbiased information for the evaluation of commercial corn grain and silage hybrids available in Pennsylvania. More
2015 Winter Barley and Winter Wheat Performance Trials Report
2015 Winter Barley and Winter Wheat Performance Trials Report - Articles Articles
Penn State conducts variety performance trials with small grains (wheat and barley). More
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