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Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Planting a soil building cover crop after small grain harvest has many benefits, but needs to be tailored to your farm’s needs. More
Source: Penn State Extension, D. Lingenfelter
Herbicide Drift and Sensitive Plants: What to do if Drift is Suspected - Articles Articles
If herbicide drift is suspected on sensitive plants, certain procedures must be followed to properly investigate and document the situation. Read below for more details. More
Source: Penn State Extension, D. Lingenfelter
Xtend® Soybean System and Dicamba Applied Postemergence - Articles Articles
Best management practices to reduce chances of dicamba drift in Xtend soybeans are discussed. More
Soybean Double Crop Research trial. Image credit: Del Voight
Considerations for Double Crop Soybean Production - Articles Articles
With both wheat and barley being harvested there are considerations to ensure a profitable double crop soybean crop. Key theme is to plant thick, plant narrow, use longer maturity and manage weeds up front. More
Tall Fescue poses a threat to grazing broodmares. Photo: Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D
Tall Fescue: Potential Problem for Pregnant Broodmares - Articles Articles
While tall fescue is not harmful to most horses, pregnant broodmares can develop fescue toxicosis if they eat endophyte-infected tall fescue. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures - Articles Articles

Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. More
Timing corn planting with black cutworm instar development is important for preventing damage to young corn seedlings. Photo credit: Roger Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bugwood.org.
Black Cutworm Management in Organic Field Corn - Articles Articles
Ecological pest management and cultural strategies are the best method for protecting crops against black cutworm damage on organic farms. More
Low lying fog in fields may indicate a temperature inversion. (Photo credit: Dwight Lingenfelter
Auxin Herbicide Drift and Temperature Inversions - Articles Articles
Temperature inversions can cause dicamba and 2,4-D to move great distances after application. Learn about the details below. 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
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Managing Soil Compaction Caused by Small Grain Silage Harvest - Articles Articles
Small grain silage harvest can cause soil compaction when the soil is wet. This can have negative effects on the following corn crop. 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
Spotted Lanternfly egg cases. Credit: Nancy Bosold
Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs will be Hatching Soon - Articles Articles
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. More
Black cutworm. John Capinera, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
Black Cutworm Moths and Slugs are Becoming Active - Articles Articles
Small numbers of black cutworm moths are arriving in Pennsylvania, while slugs are hatching from their eggs. Watch wet fields for slug damage as crops emerge. 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
New growth on alfalfa. Credit: Creative Commons CC0; Pixabay.com
Cutting Height in Hay Fields: How Low Can You Go? - Articles Articles
As you head out to cut hay this spring, take time to examine your cutting height. How does your height match up with the following recommendations? More
Smartphones and tablets can place volumes of agronomic data in your pocket.
Scout with Confidence with These Smartphone Apps - Articles Articles
There are a variety of smartphone and tablet apps that can help to identify pests, select crop protection products or view pesticide labels, putting important data at your fingertips. More
There are a handful of smartphone and tablet applications that can help navigate through some of the challenges of spraying. Photo Credit: Zachary Larson
Take the Guesswork Out of Spraying With These Apps - Articles Articles
Use these smartphone and tablet apps to help in sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, tank mixing and product selection. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields - Articles Articles

Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in about concentrated flow leading to rills and gully formation over the winter. How can you repair that and avoid it from happening again? More
Photo credit: Patrick Drohan
Soil pH Affects Forage Production - Articles Articles

Soil pH Affects Forage Production

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Charles White

Soil pH can be one of the greatest determinates of forage productivity and stand life. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Threat of ‘Incidental Transfer’ of Manure to Streams - Articles Articles
With soil profiles being fully recharged with water and future runoff, creates the threat of ‘incidental transfer’ of nutrients and dissolved organic carbon from surface applied manure to streams and sinkholes. 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
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