Production and Harvesting

Information on forage and grazing management of crops such as wheat, alfalfa, fescue, sorghum, corn, rye, canola, clover and birdsfoot trefoil. Tips on determining pasture yield, no-till crop management, crop rotation, silage, haylage and baleage.

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Casey Guindon, PSU
Introducing a New Field and Forage Crops Educator in Bradford County - News News
Casey Guindon recently joined Penn State Extension’s Field and Forage Crop Team and is based in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. 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
Multiflora rose bush. Photo credit: Penn State Extension
Multiflora Rose Problems in Pastures? Control it Now! - Articles Articles
It is the right time to be scouting and managing multiflora rose in your pasture. More
Planting into Ryelage or Cover Crop Rye That Has Gotten Away
Planting into Ryelage or Cover Crop Rye That Has Gotten Away - Articles Articles
Successful planting into cover crop rye that has grown tall with the wet weather will depend on evaluating the biomass present and having the proper equipment set up for no-tilling into this. 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
Emerged no-till soybeans (D. Lingenfelter, Penn State Weed Science)
No-till Soybeans Emerged Without a Burndown or Residual? - Articles Articles
If you did not have an opportunity to spray your no-till soybean fields before planting, read about some weed control options. More
Downed cherry tree in pasture. Note nearly all cherry leaves stripped from the tree by cattle. Photo credit – Del Voight, Penn State Extension
Cyanide Poisoning of Livestock from Cherry Tree Leaves - Articles Articles
Take time to examine the woodlines along your pastures. If they contain cherry trees, you risk losing livestock to cyanide poisoning. More
Early season corn. (Photo: D. Lingenfelter)
Residual Corn Herbicides in Post Applications - News News
Due to the unusual weather, residual herbicides applied post may need to be used to control weeds in emerging corn crops. More
Ensuring optimum forage quality in both hay fields and pastures helps to ensure optimal animal performance. Photo by Jessica Williamson
Optimizing Spring Forage Quality - News News
Spring is a challenging time of year when it comes to cool-season perennial forage management. Keeping an eye on forage stage of production can help to ensure optimum forage quality. 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
Timothy hay field infected with Cereal Rust Mites; notice the curled leaves. Photo Credit: Andrew Frankenfield, Penn State Extension.
Time to Scout for Cereal Rust Mites in Timothy - News News
Cereal rust mites are a small but destructive pest that could be robbing yield and quality from your timothy hay fields. More
Photo Credit: Greg Roth, Penn State Extension.
Strategies for Planting Corn and Soybean Varieties - Articles Articles
Having a good plan for planting corn and soybean varieties can improve yields, minimize potential weather risks, and help to facilitate earlier planting of cover crops and small grains. More
A field with and without a soybean burndown herbicide program. Photo: Dwight Lingenfelter, Penn State Weed Science
Dicamba Products and Xtend Soybeans - News News
Not all dicamba-containing products are RUPs and not all can be applied in a burndown application prior to planting Xtend soybeans. More
New growth on alfalfa. Photo credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Assessing Your Alfalfa Stand this Spring - Articles Articles
As alfalfa breaks dormancy this spring, take time to evaluate the condition of your stand. Is it good enough to keep? More
Field with a mixed population of herbicide resistant and susceptible marestail. Photo: Bryan Young, Purdue Weed Science
Managing Weeds for the Future - Articles Articles

Managing Weeds for the Future

Dwight Lingenfelter

Weed management is primarily dictated by herbicide resistance. Mechanisms of resistance and ways to optimize herbicide use and include other management options are discussed. From the 2018 Corn and Soybean Congress. More
A weedy alfalfa field. Photo: Penn State Weed Science
Spring Weed Control in Alfalfa - Articles Articles

Spring Weed Control in Alfalfa

Dwight Lingenfelter

As spring approaches, forage weeds can become a problem. Certain herbicides can be applied but timing is critical. See information below of more details. More
Pasture Workshop
Pasture Workshops - Workshops Workshops
Dr. Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension Forage Specialist and local expert’s present unbiased research-based information on various topics from Pasture Planning to Improving Forage Quality. More
Winter Barley Trials Photo: Greg Roth
Spring Malting Barley Trials Posted Online - News News
Results of a spring barley evaluation effort between North Dakota State University, Penn State and other universities in the northeast for the past two years have been posted online. More
Burcucumber in Corn Field Photo: Penn State Weed Science
Burcucumber Management in Corn and Soybean - Articles Articles
Burcucumber continues to plague some corn and soybean fields in the region. Consider some of the recommendations below to manage this problem weed. More
Hemp Plots at Rock Springs Photo: Greg Roth, Penn State
Industrial Hemp Trial Report - Articles Articles

Industrial Hemp Trial Report

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

In 2017, we conducted several trials to assess the potential of Industrial Hemp and several management variables as it affected seed production. More
Enhancing Dairy Farm Productivity and Profitability with Double-Cropping
Enhancing Dairy Farm Productivity and Profitability with Double-Cropping - Workshops Workshops
Penn State research and extension personnel, farmers, and farm advisors will share some of what they have learned when winter annual forages are included in the dairy production system. More
Sheep grazing in pasture. Credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Frost Seeding Time is Here - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Now is the time to consider frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. More
Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems
Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems - Articles Articles

Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication details rotating perennial pastures with annual crops, grazing cover crops, and grazing crop residue—all of which show promise to improve profit and soil health and increase diversity on crop farms. More
Photo credit: Dwane Miller
Outstanding Lineup Slated for the 2018 PA Forage Conferences - Articles Articles
Visit with industry professionals and farmers and enjoy the day listening and learning about educational topics pertaining to forage production! More
Photo credit: CC0 Creative Commons; pixabay.com
Successful Grass-Fed Production with High Quality Forage - Articles Articles

Successful Grass-Fed Production with High Quality Forage

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

High quality forage should be the main component of a successful grass-fed beef operation. More