Sustainable Agriculture

Information on sustainable agriculture of cover crops, including crop rotation and conservation tillage, extending the grazing season and interseeding. Tips on soil compaction and using flowering cover crops for native pollinating bee conservation.

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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
Cover Crop Mixtures: Choosing Species for a Mix
Cover Crop Mixtures: Choosing Species for a Mix - Videos Videos
This video summarizes different crop functions and provides general tips for making a cover crop mixture. More
Cover Crop Mixtures: Calculating Seeding Rates
Cover Crop Mixtures: Calculating Seeding Rates - Videos Videos
This video provides step-by-step instructions for calculating seeding rates when including multiple species in a cover crop mixture. 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
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
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
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator - Videos Videos

Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

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This system 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
Interseeded clover during midsummer under the corn canopy
Cover Crop Interseeder: Impacts on Corn Yield - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Interseeder: Impacts on Corn Yield

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., William S. Curran, Ph.D.

There is some concern about the impact of the cover crop on the corn. In most cases, though, we have observed that the corn is very competitive with the cover crop. More
Planting corn in an interseeded corn stubble field.
Cover Crop Interseeder: Improving the Success in Corn - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Interseeder: Improving the Success in Corn

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Interseeding cover crops in corn is a promising management practice that could improve the adoption of cover crops where they have not been feasible before. 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
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events - News News

Upcoming Events

09/20/2017

Join us for the Farming for Success field day and mark your calendars for the Penn State Agronomic Field Diagnostic Clinic. 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
Figure 1. The Penn State Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator. (Photo: Greg Roth)
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

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
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
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
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