Species and Varieties

Information on choosing the best species and varieties of forage crops, including corn and hay. Tips on extending the grazing season, legal considerations in seed use and forage mixtures to minimize deer damage.

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Pastured dairy cows. Credit: Sjoerd Duiker
It’s Time to Make Plans for Pasture Management - News News
Penn State Extension Pasture Workshops remind growers to make management decisions now for improving forages. More
Maximizing Spring Green-Up on Pasture
Maximizing Spring Green-Up on Pasture - Videos Videos

Maximizing Spring Green-Up on Pasture

Nicole Santangelo

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Pasture Management is a year-round activity. Getting the most forage from our pastures requires attention to spring green-up. More
The Penn State Agronomy Guide
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The Agronomy Guide provides comprehensive information on crop, soil, and pest management for farms of all sizes. More
We want more grass. Sheep on pasture. Photo by: N. Santangelo
"Grow More Forage" Pasture Walk - Workshops Workshops
Pasture Walk with a focus on agronomic practices that improve pasture growth and maintain quality. More
Oats. Photo: E. Swackhamer
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
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
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
Pasture Workshop
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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
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
Frost Seeding of Pastures
Frost Seeding of Pastures - Articles Articles
Are your pastures looking a little thin? Read about frost seeding as an option to thicken forage stands. 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
Summer is a Critical Time to Watch for Poisonous Plants in Pastures
Summer is a Critical Time to Watch for Poisonous Plants in Pastures - Articles Articles
Horses, cattle, sheep, and goats will generally avoid poisonous plants. More
2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show Recap and Results 2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show Recap and Results - News
The 2017 Pennsylvania Hay Show was a successful event, held in the Harrington Building during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days. More
2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial
2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial - Articles Articles
Results of the Penn State 2016-2017 Short-lived Grass and Cover Crops Trial located at the Penn State Agronomy Farm, Centre County. More
Understanding seed legal issues is critical to avoid legal problems.
Legal Considerations in Seed Use - News News
Understanding Legal Protections and Potential Liabilities Associated with Seed Use in Pennsylvania. More
Perennial Forages Common to the Mid-Atlantic Region
Perennial Forages Common to the Mid-Atlantic Region - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
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A guide to forage crop identification, adaptation, and management. More
Forage Mixtures to Minimize Deer Damage
Forage Mixtures to Minimize Deer Damage - Articles Articles
The use of orchardgrass minimizes deer feeding and provides the greatest yields. More
Identifying Common Pennsylvania Grasses
Identifying Common Pennsylvania Grasses - Articles Articles
Grass identification tips and techniques. More
Considerations for Double-cropping Corn Following Hay in Pennsylvania
Considerations for Double-cropping Corn Following Hay in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Considerations for Double-cropping Corn Following Hay in Pennsylvania

Dennis Calvin, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Learn the advantages and disadvantages of double-cropping corn following hay and to provide some recommendations for improving the success rate of the practice. More