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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Early Season Wheat Assessment
Early Season Wheat Assessment - Articles Articles
Making early decisions about management of wheat fields in February. More
Corn Harvesting Equipment for Wind Damaged Corn
Corn Harvesting Equipment for Wind Damaged Corn - Articles Articles
A few companies that sell equipment for picking up lodged corn. More
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills - Articles Articles

Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Ron Hoover

The seed delivery system in drills is not as precise as that used in planters because they use flutes or sponges to meter seed instead of seed singulation. More
Rye on tomatoes. Photo: Lee Stivers
This Isn’t Your Father’s Cereal Rye - Articles Articles
Use management objectives to determine rye cover crop seeding rates. More
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Burndown Herbicide Considerations - Articles Articles

Burndown Herbicide Considerations

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Air temperature before, during, and after application can influence control with burndown. More
Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn
Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn - Articles Articles

Burndown Herbicide Options For Corn

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

When it comes to burndown, environmental conditions and size of the weeds matter. More
Preparing your Pastures for Spring
Preparing your Pastures for Spring - Articles Articles

Preparing your Pastures for Spring

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

Now is the time to capitalize on warm, early spring days. More
Figure 1. Checking wheat plant populations
Wheat Stand Assessment - Articles Articles

Wheat Stand Assessment

John Rowehl

Check on the effects of late planting and/or winter weather. More
The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here
The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here - Articles Articles

The Time for Planter Maintenance is Here

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Issues with yield reductions in no-tillage can often be traced back to failure to guarantee accurate seed placement. More
Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success
Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success - Articles Articles

Residue Distribution Critical for No-till Success

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Did you know that no-till planting starts at harvest? Uniformly distributed crop residue is critical to obtaining a good stand of the next crop. More
Planting Green – A New Cover Crop Management Technique
Planting Green – A New Cover Crop Management Technique - Articles Articles
Learn how this no-till farming practice can turn primary crops like corn and soybeans into cover crops, and improve soil conservation and pest management. More
Part 3: Opening Discs, Gauge Wheels, Critical Wear Areas
Part 3: Opening Discs, Gauge Wheels, Critical Wear Areas - Videos Videos
Part 3 of the video series, No-till Planters: Design Features, Adjustment and Maintenance, that covers components of a corn planter that are critical for successful no-till planting. More
Part 1: Planter Leveling, Row Cleaners, Coulters
Part 1: Planter Leveling, Row Cleaners, Coulters - Videos Videos
Part 1 of the video series, No-till Planters: Design Features, Adjustment and Maintenance. Covers components of a corn planter that are critical for successful no-till planting. More
No-till Residue Management
No-till Residue Management - Videos Videos
The benefits of crop residue on the field can be maintained without being an obstacle to successful no-till planting. Part 3 of the Farmer to Farmer No-till Video Series. More
No-till Farmer to Farmer-Introduction to the Series
No-till Farmer to Farmer-Introduction to the Series - Videos Videos
This is the introductory segment of a four-part series in which five farmers in southeast Pennsylvania share their knowledge and experiences in no-till crop production. More
No-till Crop Management Tips
No-till Crop Management Tips - Videos Videos
No; they're not always easy to work with. Commitment and perseverance may be the key words. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
No-Till Alfalfa - Articles Articles

No-Till Alfalfa

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

No-till alfalfa should be part and parcel of a no-till system. More
Figure 1. Checking soil conditions and planting depth is essential for a successful start to the growing season.
Monitor Soil Conditions and Planter Performance for Optimal Results - Articles Articles
Use the ‘ball test’ to assess soil conditions and attention to details for planter setup to avoid sidewall compaction and hopefully ensure a good stand. More
Meters, Tubes and Coulters; Take Time for Planter Maintenance
Meters, Tubes and Coulters; Take Time for Planter Maintenance - Articles Articles
Many problems with no-till can often be traced back to poor planter performance. More
From Feast to Famine – Running Out of Water!
From Feast to Famine – Running Out of Water! - Articles Articles

From Feast to Famine – Running Out of Water!

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The major reason for yield failure in Pennsylvania is lack of moisture during the summer. So what can farmers do to make the most of natural precipitation? More
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage - Articles Articles

Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Crop rotations increase crop yields by improving soil conditions and reducing weed and insect populations. Rotations also help producers use conservation tillage successfully. More
Figure 1. Crushing knife rolls on combine head don't cut the stalks but merely crush them so decomposers have many points for attacking the stalks while they remain attached to the root
Corn Residue Management - Articles Articles

Corn Residue Management

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Tips to help you plant into it this fall or next spring. More
Calibrating your Grain Drill
Calibrating your Grain Drill - Articles Articles

Calibrating your Grain Drill

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

A well maintained and calibrated drill can improve your stands, and increase yields while lowering your seed costs. More
R.L. Hamblen, Bugwood.org
Spring Management for Pastures: Renovate or Restore? - Articles Articles
Springtime brings on many questions in regards to restoring pastures that are weather beaten after winter. More
Warm-Season Grasses for Pheasants
Warm-Season Grasses for Pheasants - Articles Articles

Warm-Season Grasses for Pheasants

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Warm-season grasses such as big bluestem and switchgrass can provide forage for animals throughout the summer months when cool-season grasses become less productive. More