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Claire Coombs, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension Mercer County
Introducing Claire Coombs to the Crops Team in Mercer County - News News
Claire Coombs joined the Field and Forage Crops Team in late October to help serve farmers in Mercer County More
Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
PDA Adds 7 Counties to Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone - News News
The quarantine area for spotted lanternfly has expanded and changed from municipal to county-level in an effort to protect at-risk areas. 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 credit: Doug Beegle
Fall Manure Management - News News

Fall Manure Management

09/20/2017

As the crops are being harvested and manure is ready to be spread, here are some considerations for fall manure applications. More
Rye cover crop in early November. Photo credit: W.S. Curran.
Soybean Herbicides and Rotation to Cover Crops - News News
Consider the soybean herbicide program you used in 2017 before you plant a fall cover crop. Most small grains are fine but legumes and radish can be problematic. More
Upcoming Events for September 20, 2017
Upcoming Events for September 20, 2017 - News News
Northeast Cover Crops Council Cover Crop Meeting, November 08, 2017at Cornell University More
Photo credit: Kelly Patches
Cover Crop Species to Plant Mid-September - News News
Cover crops are an important component of any cropping system. Selecting the right species for the time of year is a first step to success. 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
Achieving High Soil Carbon Levels Survey
Achieving High Soil Carbon Levels Survey - News News
Do you want to learn how to achieve high soil carbon levels while preventing nitrate leaching and phosphorus runoff? More
Italian ryegrass infestation in winter wheat. Photo compliments of Virginia Tech.
Soil residual herbicides for small grains. - News News
As you prepare to sow winter barley and/or wheat, several residual herbicides maybe be helpful for control of problematic annual grasses or broadleaves. More
How Much Do Your Animals Weigh?
How Much Do Your Animals Weigh? - News News

How Much Do Your Animals Weigh?

08/02/2017

The State Conservation Commission (SCC) has recently updated the standard animal weights used in Nutrient Management Plans, effective October 1, 2019. 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
Newly emerged pigweeds in Berks Co., June 13, 2017 (Photo: Annie Klodd, Penn State)
Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp Beginning to Emerge - News News
Palmer amaranth and waterhemp have emerged for the season in Pennsylvania. It is important to scout for these invasive weeds now, and control them before they reach 4 inches tall. More
Beautiful oat cover crop in late fall. Photo credit W.S. Curran.
Corn Herbicides and Rotation to Cover Crops - News News
Consider the corn herbicide program you used in 2017 before you plant a fall cover crop. Most small grains are fine, but legumes and radish can be problematic. More
Timothy field near Gettysburg browning because of aphid infestation. (Photo by Dean Collamer, Growmark FS
Aphids in Timothy Fields - News News

Aphids in Timothy Fields

04/26/2017

Have you seen browning in timothy fields? It may be due to a heavy aphid population. More
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