Production and Harvesting

Information on cover crops, including clover, wheat, canola, rye and hairy vetch, diversified grazing systems, no-till farming, managing soils and a crop adviser study guide. Tips on cover crop control and extending grazing season with brassicas.

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Red Clover
Red Clover - Articles Articles

Red Clover

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is grown throughout the northeastern United States for forage and is used in rotations for soil improvement. More
Photo credit: bigstockphoto.com
Seed and Seedling Biology - Articles Articles
In order to grow food with a minimum of external inputs, organic producers need to understand much about the biology of plants and ecological systems. More
Winter Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations
Winter Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations - Articles Articles
Canola’s origin dates back to an oilseed crop grown in the 13th century called rapeseed. More
Spring Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations
Spring Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations - Articles Articles
Canola’s origins date back to an oilseed crop called rapeseed, which was grown in the thirteenth century. More
Early Season Wheat Assessment
Early Season Wheat Assessment - Articles Articles
Making early decisions about management of wheat fields in February. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Got Rye Seed? - Articles Articles

Got Rye Seed?

John Rowehl

Since rye is stored over the hot weather months before use, it has the potential for infestation and damage from insects. More
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills - Articles Articles

Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Ron Hoover

The seed delivery system in drills is not as precise as that used in planters because they use flutes or sponges to meter seed instead of seed singulation. More
Erratic Emergence Due to Shallow Planting
Erratic Emergence Due to Shallow Planting - Articles Articles
During late May, we visited this Lancaster County corn field that exhibited a severe case of erratic and late emerging corn. More
Rye on tomatoes. Photo: Lee Stivers
This Isn’t Your Father’s Cereal Rye - Articles Articles
Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates. More
Anthony LeBude, NC State University, Bugwood.org
Special Cover Crop Control Considerations - Articles Articles

Special Cover Crop Control Considerations

William S. Curran, Ph.D., Dwight Lingenfelter

Most cover crops are fairly easy to control in a burndown program as long as you pay attention to detail. More
Cover Crop Rollers for Northeastern Grain Production
Cover Crop Rollers for Northeastern Grain Production - Articles Articles
In the last several years, farmers in the northeast and other regions of the US have shown interest in using cover crop rollers for high residue conservation tillage. More
Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops - Articles

Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops

William S. Curran, Ph.D., Dwight Lingenfelter

The question about whether corn or soybean herbicide programs will pose a problem for establishing fall cover crops has become a common. More
Vicon spinner precision seeder.
Innovative Ways to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles
Cover crops offer multiple benefits from soil conservation to weed suppression. To reap benefits, the ideal planting time is mid-August to mid-September. More
Crop Profiles
Crop Profiles - Articles Articles
Crop profiles provide a complete production story for a commodity and a look at current research activities directed at finding replacement strategies for pesticides of concern (due to FQPA). More
Crimson clover
Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This is a golden opportunity for cover crop seedings. More