Sustainable Agriculture

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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
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
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation - Articles Articles
Conservation strategies that can be employed across your farm or in your garden to help maintain healthy native bee populations. More
Insect-Parasitic Nematodes for the Management of Soil-Dwelling Insects Insect-Parasitic Nematodes for the Management of Soil-Dwelling Insects - Articles
Taking advantage of the natural enemies of insects to help manage insect pests. More
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage - Articles Articles
Crop rotations increase crop yields by improving soil conditions and reducing weed and insect populations. Rotations also help producers use conservation tillage successfully. More
Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems
Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems - Articles Articles
We are assisting eight cooperating farmers in four Pennsylvania counties to evaluate cropping systems designed to conserve, soil, nutrients, and energy on livestock farms. More
Figure 1. The Penn State Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator. (Photo: Greg Roth)
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator - Articles Articles
The Penn State Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator was designed to help establish cover crops in areas where cover crop establishment is not that feasible because of a late harvest and short season. More