Soil Fertility and Management

Information on soil fertility and management of cover crops, including soil quality and conditions such as rill erosion, compaction and crusting. Tips on levels of potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen and limestone and nutrient management planning.

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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
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 fact sheet 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
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
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
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
Nutrient Management to Improve Nitrogen Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Loss
Nutrient Management to Improve Nitrogen Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Loss - Articles Articles
This fact sheet describes the three main pathways of nitrogen loss--nitrate leaching, denitrification, and volatilization--and summarizes requirements and provides nitrogen management guidance. More
Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet
Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet - Articles Articles

Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication is intended to help agricultural producers, gardeners, and others assess the quality of their soil. More
Managing Phosphorus for Crop Production
Managing Phosphorus for Crop Production - Articles Articles
Phosphorus is a macronutrient and component of nucleic acids, and plays a vital role in plant reproduction, of which grain production is an important result. More
Managing Potassium for Crop Production
Managing Potassium for Crop Production - Articles Articles
A corn crop takes up nearly as much potassium (K) as it does nitrogen (N), yet management of each nutrient is entirely different. More
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Decision-Making
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Decision-Making - Articles Articles
Effective nutrient management requires decisions to be made at several different levels of detail: strategic, tactical, and operational (Figure 1). More
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Exploring Performance Criteria
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Exploring Performance Criteria - Articles Articles
The focus of nutrient management is rapidly evolving from optimizing agronomic production and economic returns of crop production to balancing farm production with environmental protection. More
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Introduction to the Concepts
A Nutrient Management Approach for Pennsylvania: Introduction to the Concepts - Articles Articles
Nutrient management has taken on new meaning in recent times. Soil fertility traditionally dealt with supplying and managing nutrients to meet crop production requirements. More
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