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Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Planting a soil building cover crop after small grain harvest has many benefits, but needs to be tailored to your farm’s needs. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures - Articles Articles

Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. 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
Scabby Heads. Image Credit: Alyssa Collins, Penn State
What to do if You Have Scab? - Articles Articles

What to do if You Have Scab?

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

Here’s what to consider when your small grains have been hit hard by a Fusarium head scab epidemic More
Timing corn planting with black cutworm instar development is important for preventing damage to young corn seedlings. Photo credit: Roger Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bugwood.org.
Black Cutworm Management in Organic Field Corn - Articles Articles
Ecological pest management and cultural strategies are the best method for protecting crops against black cutworm damage on organic farms. More
Frequent heavy rains delay planting. Photo credit: Andrew Frankenfield
Crop Insurance: Prevented Planting Details - Articles Articles
More widespread heavy rain has delayed the already delayed corn and soybean planting. Farmers are now considering their options if they still have corn and soybeans to plant. More
Hairy vetch, rye, annual ryegrass, and clover cover crop being grazed. Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Grazing has been largely excluded from our croplands but is receiving new interest as an additional profit center for farmers as well as a way to improve soil. More
Spotted Lanternfly egg cases. Credit: Nancy Bosold
Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs will be Hatching Soon - Articles Articles
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. More
Black cutworm. John Capinera, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
Black Cutworm Moths and Slugs are Becoming Active - Articles Articles
Small numbers of black cutworm moths are arriving in Pennsylvania, while slugs are hatching from their eggs. Watch wet fields for slug damage as crops emerge. 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
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields - Articles Articles

Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in about concentrated flow leading to rills and gully formation over the winter. How can you repair that and avoid it from happening again? More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Threat of ‘Incidental Transfer’ of Manure to Streams - Articles Articles
With soil profiles being fully recharged with water and future runoff, creates the threat of ‘incidental transfer’ of nutrients and dissolved organic carbon from surface applied manure to streams and sinkholes. 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
Manure Fertilizer, Photo Credit: Nicole Santangelo, PSU
Is Your Farm Ready for Inspection? - Articles Articles
By the end of 2018, 1 in 5 Pennsylvania farms within the Chesapeake Bay watershed will have been visited by the Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Inspections Program. More
Can I Apply Potash in Winter?
Can I Apply Potash in Winter? - Articles Articles

Can I Apply Potash in Winter?

Charles White, Nicole Santangelo Carutis

Ensuring properly timed potassium applications where they are needed when conditions permit. More
Photo Caption: Nozzles, Nicole Santangelo, PSU
What’s New in Weed Control 2018: Label Updates - Articles Articles
Learn new product labels and label updates for the 2018 season. 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
Palmer Noxious Weed by PSU
Noxious Weed Act Signed Into Law on October 30, 2017 - Articles Articles

Noxious Weed Act Signed Into Law on October 30, 2017

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

The new Pennsylvania Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act will help protect your farm or property from some newer invasive noxious weeds. More
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing - Articles Articles

Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Try to avoid soil compaction if you still have corn and soybeans to harvest, or if you graze animals. More
Photo Caption: Deer in Winter, Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State
Deer Control Options for Farmers and Landowners - Articles Articles
Crop damage caused by deer is a reoccurring theme for farmers. Learn about the management options available to control deer populations. More
El arar puede beneficiar o perjudicar la calidad del suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension.
Introducción a los Suelos: El Manejo de los Suelos - Articles Articles
El Manejo de los suelos More
Moldboard plowing, shown here, is a type of primary tillage. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Introduction to Soils: Managing Soils - Articles Articles
This article provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production. More
Collecting a soil sample to measure soil quality. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension.
Introduction to Soils: Soil Quality - Articles Articles
Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do. A healthy, high-quality soil is fertile, has good soil structure, and is biologically active. More
Recolección de una muestra para análisis de suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension
Introducción a los Suelos: La Calidad de los Suelos - Articles Articles
La calidad del suelo es lo bien que el suelo hace lo que queremos que haga. Un suelo sano y de alta calidad es fértil, tiene buena estructura del suelo y es biológicamente activo. More
Cover Crop Interseeder: Potential for Injury from Corn Herbicides
Cover Crop Interseeder: Potential for Injury from Corn Herbicides - Articles Articles
Recent trials show that several shorter-lived residual corn herbicides can be used successfully with interseeded cover crops. More
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