Soil Fertility and Management

Information on soil fertility and management of vegetable crops, including quality assessment, transplanting and container growth. Tips on crop rotation, compost, growing a cover crop for nitrogen and organic nutrient sources.

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Growers' Series: High Tunnel Soil Health and Maintenance
Growers' Series: High Tunnel Soil Health and Maintenance - Workshops Workshops
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Learn How to Keep Your Soils Healthy and Your Structure Functioning Efficiently and Effectively More
Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Organic Matter and Cation Exchange Capacity - News News
Cation Exchange Capacity or CEC is a measure of the ability of a soil to hold cations or elements with positive charges. More
Un túnel alto donde el agricultor está utilizando un sistema de tierra para macetas para cultivar cultivos. Foto: Tom Ford, Extensión de Penn State
Informe de Prueba del Suelo del Túnel Alto: Niveles de Sales Solubles - News News
Continuamos nuestra serie donde hemos estado examinando informes de prueba del suelo para los túneles altos. More
A high tunnel where the farmer is using a soilless media system to grow crops. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soluble Salts Levels - News News
Soluble salts commonly found in soils are calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, and bicarbonate. Potassium, ammonium, nitrate, and carbonate are also found, but in smaller quantities. More
Photo: Tom Ford, Extensión de Penn State
Informe de Prueba del Suelo del Túnel Alto: pH del Suelo - News News
pH del suelo en una encuesta de 27 túneles altos en Pennsylvania More
Photo: Tom Ford, Extensión de Penn State
Informe de prueba del suelo del túnel alto: Niveles de nutrientes del suelo - News News
Niveles de fósforo, potasio, magnesio y calcio en una encuesta de 27 túneles altos en Pennsylvania. More
High tunnel tomatoes. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soil Nutrient Levels - News News
Phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg), and calcium (Ca) levels in a survey of 27 high tunnels across Pennsylvania. More
Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
High Tunnel Soil Test Report: Soil pH - News News
Soil pH in a Survey of 27 High Tunnels in Pennsylvania More
El arar puede beneficiar o perjudicar la calidad del suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension.
Introducción a los Suelos: El Manejo de los Suelos - Articles Articles
El Manejo de los suelos More
Moldboard plowing, shown here, is a type of primary tillage. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Introduction to Soils: Managing Soils - Articles Articles
This article provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production. More
Collecting a soil sample to measure soil quality. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension.
Introduction to Soils: Soil Quality - Articles Articles
Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do. A healthy, high-quality soil is fertile, has good soil structure, and is biologically active. More
Recolección de una muestra para análisis de suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension
Introducción a los Suelos: La Calidad de los Suelos - Articles Articles
La calidad del suelo es lo bien que el suelo hace lo que queremos que haga. Un suelo sano y de alta calidad es fértil, tiene buena estructura del suelo y es biológicamente activo. More
Photo credit: United Soybean Board, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Web Soil Survey: A Valuable Source of Information - Articles Articles

Web Soil Survey: A Valuable Source of Information

Andrew Frankenfield, Mike Basedow

Useful information is available on the web to the beginning farmer or someone who has been tending the soil for years. More
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Fertility Considerations for Potatoes - Articles Articles

Fertility Considerations for Potatoes

William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production. More
Rye Hairy Vetch. Photo: Elsa Sanchez
Growing Cover Crops for Nitrogen on Vegetable Farms - Articles Articles

Growing Cover Crops for Nitrogen on Vegetable Farms

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Charles White

There are a lot of good reasons for using covers crops on vegetable farms including recycling or adding nitrogen to the soil. More
Where Do I Put My Crops
Where Do I Put My Crops - Videos Videos

Where Do I Put My Crops

Lee Stivers

9:13

This video outlines the basic steps you can take to plan a vegetable crop rotation from the start. More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos

Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner, Tianna DuPont

5:23

Here we talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Banking Potassium: Getting A Bit Ahead On Tomato Consumption
Banking Potassium: Getting A Bit Ahead On Tomato Consumption - Articles Articles
One of the greatest challenges in growing tomatoes in an intensive production system is keeping up with the plants high consumption of potassium during fruit production. More
Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

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Vegetable production information based on university, extension, and industry research, experience, and knowledge. More
Soils
Soils - Articles Articles
Your soils and soil structure may determine the crops you can produce. More
Producción Orgánica de Vegetales
Producción Orgánica de Vegetales - Articles Articles

Producción Orgánica de Vegetales

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Hay muchas razones para considerar el cultivo de vegetales orgánicos. La producción orgánica es un sistema que se presta bien para las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Cebolla
Producción de Cebolla - Articles Articles

Producción de Cebolla

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Las cebollas secas (curadas) es un cultivo que se presta bien a las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Maíz Dulce
Producción de Maíz Dulce - Articles Articles

Producción de Maíz Dulce

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

El maíz dulce es un cultivo que se presta bien para operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial. More
Producción de Ajo
Producción de Ajo - Articles Articles

Producción de Ajo

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

El ajo es un cultivo que se adapta bien a una pequeña superficie o como parte de un negocio más grande de mercadeo directo que está en la búsqueda de diversificar su mezcla de cultivos. More
Riego por goteo de pimientos.
Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal - Articles Articles

Riego por Goteo para la Producción Vegetal

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Albert Jarrett, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D.

La irrigación o riego por goteo o chorreo es un método muy eficiente para la aplicación de agua y nutrientes para los cultivos. More
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