Sustainable Agriculture

Information on sustainable agriculture of forage crops, including crop rotation, extending the grazing season and no-till farming. Tips on dealing with soil compaction.

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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
Grazing Residue Height Matters
Grazing Residue Height Matters - News News

Grazing Residue Height Matters

05/17/2017

It is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result. More
Grassed Waterway Maintenance Grassed Waterway Maintenance - News

Grassed Waterway Maintenance

04/12/2017

Grassed Waterways are not maintenance free. Don’t let a bund prevent your waterway from performing its job. More
Soil Compaction Threat from Grazing Animals on Steep Slopes Soil Compaction Threat from Grazing Animals on Steep Slopes - News
When grazing on steep slopes care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals to avoid soil degradation. More
Insect-Parasitic Nematodes for the Management of Soil-Dwelling Insects Insect-Parasitic Nematodes for the Management of Soil-Dwelling Insects - Articles
Taking advantage of the natural enemies of insects to help manage insect pests. More
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage
Crop Rotations and Conservation Tillage - Articles Articles
Crop rotations increase crop yields by improving soil conditions and reducing weed and insect populations. Rotations also help producers use conservation tillage successfully. 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
Cattle grazing in the Bighorn National Forest. Picture shown with permission of Pearson Real Estate, Buffalo, WY.
Silvopasture Could Work on Your Farm - Articles Articles
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. More
Heritage pigs at Flying Pigs Farm. Photo credit: Flying Pigs Farm.
Pigs on Pasture - Articles Articles
Mike Yezzi from Flying Pigs Farm shared his pastured pig production system at this year’s Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference. More
Fall Management for Pastures: Renovate or Restore?
Fall Management for Pastures: Renovate or Restore? - Articles Articles
Late summer and early fall is an excellent time to renovate and restore pastures. More
Avoiding Soil Compaction
Avoiding Soil Compaction - Articles Articles

Avoiding Soil Compaction

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The increasing size of farm equipment may cause significant soil compaction that can negatively affect soil productivity as well as environmental quality. More
Diagnosing Soil Compaction Using a Penetrometer (Soil Compaction Tester)
Diagnosing Soil Compaction Using a Penetrometer (Soil Compaction Tester) - Articles Articles
A diagnostic tool to measure the extent and depth of subsurface compaction is a penetrometer, or soil compaction tester. More
Effects of Soil Compaction
Effects of Soil Compaction - Articles Articles

Effects of Soil Compaction

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil compaction is the reduction of soil volume due to external factors; this reduction lowers soil productivity and environmental quality. More