Sustainable Agriculture

Information on sustainable agriculture of agronomic crops, including crop rotation and conservation tillage, extending the grazing season and interseeding.

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Organic bins and processing facility at Boyd Station. (Image Credit: Mary Barbercheck).
Boyd Station Serves Growing Market for Processed Organic Soybeans - News News
This Danville-area facility produces a variety of organic soybean products and offers incentives for farmers to transition to organic production. More
Carl Schmidt (center) talks about the organic transition process on Banner Farm (Image Credit: Maureen Casey)
Successful Transition to Organic at Banner Farm - Articles Articles
On-farm example focuses on organic transition. More
Ponding in soybean field. Credit: Claire Coombs
Where Does the Water Go? - Articles Articles

Where Does the Water Go?

Claire Coombs

With all the rain in May and June, and higher than normal soil moisture levels, one can start to wonder where all the water could be going? More
Soil erosion is still taking its toll in Pennsylvania but can be addressed by using proper management
Eliminating Soil Erosion - Articles Articles

Eliminating Soil Erosion

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil erosion is still our number one sustainability issue. With the excessive rainfall we’ve had many fields are showing the scars of rills and gullies. And yet … We have the tools – so let’s put them to work. More
Photo Credit: Zachary Larson, Penn State Extension
Planting Green Impacts on Corn Emergence - Articles Articles
Corn planted into standing un-rolled cover may show reduced yields due to lower populations and greater plant height variability. More
Farming for Success
Farming for Success - Workshops Workshops
Join us for an agronomic field day for farmers, industry representatives, and other agricultural professionals. More
Corn follows a small grain that was harvested for silage in the spring.
Double Cropping on Dairy Farms Field Day - Workshops Workshops
Learn about double cropping winter annual forage in a corn silage rotation with a farmer who is using it. This event is both indoors and outdoors. More
A field must have greater than 25% crop residue cover or a cover crop to be eligible for winter manure spreading, along with other restrictions. Photo credit: Charlie White
The Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Manure Spreading - Articles Articles
If winter manure spreading is absolutely unavoidable, follow these requirements to do it legally. More
Improve soil structure and infiltration by adding cover crops to your rotation.
Soil Health Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Learn how to improve your farm's soils and increase profitability through no-till, cover crops and crop diversity in this discussion-driven workshop. More
How quickly can you increase soil organic matter content?
Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year? - Articles Articles

Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil organic matter is a primary measure of soil health. It is important to monitor soil organic matter and try to increase it. But what is a realistic goal? More
Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals
Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals - Videos Videos

Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

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A grazing dairy in southeastern Pennsylvania meets summer forage needs with annual warm season mixtures planted in a continuous no-till system. 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
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
Dr. Greg Roth with ryegrass interseeded into corn.
Interseeding to Enhance and Extend Fall Grazing - News News
The greatest cost on grazing livestock enterprises is often stored and harvested feed costs. More
A crowd gathers at a farm in Clinton County to discuss opportunities for managing soil health and planting green.
Planting Green and Soil Health the Focus of June Field Day - News News
Planting green is a practice where cover crop termination is delayed until cash crop planting in order to extend soil health benefits longer into the season. More
Combating Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields Combating Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields - News
Heavy rainfall can cause severe soil erosion in fields. There are a few practices that you can use to reduce rill erosion. More
John C. French Sr., Retired, Universities:Auburn, GA, Clemson and U of MO, Bugwood.org
Ground and Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) - Articles Articles
Ground and tiger beetles are important biological control agents in agroecosystems. They consume many soil dwelling insect pests. More
No-till Farmer to Farmer-Introduction to the Series
No-till Farmer to Farmer-Introduction to the Series - Videos Videos
This is the introductory segment of a four-part series in which five farmers in southeast Pennsylvania share their knowledge and experiences in no-till crop production. More
Steinernema scapterisci nematode
Insect-Parasitic Nematodes for the Management of Soil-Dwelling Insects - Articles Articles
Taking advantage of the natural enemies of insects to help manage insect pests. More
Thor Oechsner showing screens from the seed cleaner.
From Field to Flour - Articles Articles

From Field to Flour

Tianna DuPont

Are local grain products like polenta, wheat berries, pasta, and flour possible in the Northeast? More
Effects of Soil Compaction
Effects of Soil Compaction - Articles Articles

Effects of Soil Compaction

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil compaction is the reduction of soil volume due to external factors; this reduction lowers soil productivity and environmental quality. More
Avoiding Soil Compaction
Avoiding Soil Compaction - Articles Articles

Avoiding Soil Compaction

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The increasing size of farm equipment may cause significant soil compaction that can negatively affect soil productivity as well as environmental quality. More
Diagnosing Soil Compaction Using a Penetrometer (Soil Compaction Tester)
Diagnosing Soil Compaction Using a Penetrometer (Soil Compaction Tester) - Articles Articles
A diagnostic tool to measure the extent and depth of subsurface compaction is a penetrometer, or soil compaction tester. More
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage - Articles Articles

Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Crop rotations increase crop yields by improving soil conditions and reducing weed and insect populations. Rotations also help producers use conservation tillage successfully. More