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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Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Corn Silage Dry Down Report – Options for Dry Corn - Articles Articles
Possible options for corn that is too dry to chop for silage. More
Need Forage? Try Annual Crops
Need Forage? Try Annual Crops - Articles Articles

Need Forage? Try Annual Crops

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Alternative species to meet forage needs and supplement feedstocks. More
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Grass Tetany in Grazing Animals - Articles Articles

Grass Tetany in Grazing Animals

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Be alert to the potential risk for Grass Tetany in high potassium soils and when other conditions are favorable for the development of this livestock illness. More
Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
Alfalfa Stand Assessment - Articles Articles

Alfalfa Stand Assessment

Jeffrey S Graybill

Should I maintain my alfalfa field? 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
The Benefits of Managed Grazing Systems
The Benefits of Managed Grazing Systems - Articles Articles

The Benefits of Managed Grazing Systems

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

Managing where and when livestock graze could improve land and pasture conditions, enhance livestock production, and encourage an increase in forage utilization. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Managing Silage Effluent
Managing Silage Effluent - Articles Articles
No matter our best efforts to harvest at the correct moisture and in a timely fashion, effluent happens. More
Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay
Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay - Articles Articles

Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Wet weather can make hay making difficult. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay. More
Vomitoxin Levels and Testing in Wheat
Vomitoxin Levels and Testing in Wheat - Articles Articles
Test your wheat for vomitoxin contamination to determine potential issues and quality. More
Chemical Conditioners for Hay
Chemical Conditioners for Hay - Articles Articles

Chemical Conditioners for Hay

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Decreasing the drying time of cut forage, and increasing the chances of getting the hay baled before inclement weather arrives with chemicals. 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
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
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
Grazing Winter Small Grains
Grazing Winter Small Grains - Articles Articles

Grazing Winter Small Grains

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Grazing winter small grains can be an easy and profitable way to start grazing early in the season, but requires proper management of the crop and livestock. 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
Dairies Utilizing Tall Grazing in the Northeast
Dairies Utilizing Tall Grazing in the Northeast - Articles Articles
Five dairy farms in the northeast participated in a study designed to describe a technique called "mob grazing." More