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What is Mastitis Costing You? - Articles Articles
Mastitis costs dairy farms more than any other disease. Control clinical and subclinical infections to improve milk quality and boost profitability. More
Managing Small Woodlots
Managing Small Woodlots - Articles Articles

Managing Small Woodlots

David R. Jackson, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

Woodlot owners can improve your woods for the future or cause damage from which it might not recover for generations. More
Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families
Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families - Articles Articles

Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Ashley Ellixson, Paul Goeringer

It's time to get a dialogue started with family to determine a strategy for transferring farm assets that can help minimize stress and the potential tax burdens on your heirs. More
Cucumber
Cucumber Production - Articles Articles

Cucumber Production

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
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Industrial Hemp Production - Articles Articles

Industrial Hemp Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., Heather E. Manzo

This publication focuses on growing industrial hemp for either seed or fiber on an agronomic crop farm with a typical complement of tillage, planting, and harvest equipment. More
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Winning the Battle of Subclinical Mastitis Detection - Articles Articles
Lost milk yield and reduced milk quality (high somatic cell count) make undetected subclinical mastitis very costly. Early detection pays dividends. More
Tree Fruit Budget Tools
Tree Fruit Budget Tools - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Budget Tools

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

Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. More
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking - Articles Articles

Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking

Sarah Cornelisse, Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Emily Montgomery

The renaissance of farm-based dairy processing can be attractive, but it is imperative that farmers research and plan all aspects of a new enterprise. More
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Maintaining a Low Somatic Cell Count During the Winter - Articles Articles
High somatic cell count is directly correlated to poor udder cleanliness. More
Golden Delicious Apples
Apple Production - Articles Articles

Apple Production

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

Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations. More
Red Raspberries
Red Raspberry Production - Articles Articles

Red Raspberry Production

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

Raspberry production is well suited to small farms, as a small area of raspberries can provide significant income and equipment needs for an acre or so of raspberries are not great. More
Blueberries
Highbush Blueberry Production - Articles Articles

Highbush Blueberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations. More
Peaches
Peach Production - Articles Articles

Peach Production

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

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Somatic Cell Counts - How Low is Too Low?
Somatic Cell Counts - How Low is Too Low? - Articles Articles
The pursuit of lower somatic cell counts to achieve milk quality goals leads some to wonder if the cow's immune response is compromised. More
Mejores Prácticas de Ordeño
Mejores Prácticas de Ordeño - Articles Articles

Mejores Prácticas de Ordeño

Amber Yutzy, Mauricio Rosales

Versión en español de la lista de "Mejores prácticas de ordeño". More
Tomatoes, Fresh-Market, Crop Insurance
Tomatoes, Fresh-Market, Crop Insurance - Articles Articles

Tomatoes, Fresh-Market, Crop Insurance

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Crop insurance for fresh-market tomatoes in Pennsylvania. More
2011 Premium Billing Policy LGM-Dairy: PM-10-055
2011 Premium Billing Policy LGM-Dairy: PM-10-055 - Articles Articles
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation's (FCIC) Board of Directors (Board) approved revisions of the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle (LGM-Dairy) plan of insurance on August 12, 2010. More
Overmilking can lead to hyperkeratosis, putting cows at greater risk for infection.
Overmilking? Test Yourself! - Articles Articles
Overmilking can damage teat ends and compromise udder health. A simple test can help you determine if you are over or under milking. More
2016 Crop Insurance for Pennsylvania Field Crops
2016 Crop Insurance for Pennsylvania Field Crops - Articles Articles
Multi-peril crop insurance allows you to insure against losses on your farm due to adverse weather conditions, price fluctuations, and unavoidable pests and diseases. More
Mowing Turfgrasses
Mowing Turfgrasses - Articles Articles

Mowing Turfgrasses

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John C. Harper II

Grass cutting is the major time-consuming operation in the maintenance of any turfgrass area. More
Growing Turf Under Shaded Conditions
Growing Turf Under Shaded Conditions - Articles Articles

Growing Turf Under Shaded Conditions

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John C. Harper II

The establishment and management of quality turfgrass under shaded conditions often is possible if the basic requirements for turfgrass growth are known and understood. More
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Aeration of Turfgrass Areas - Articles Articles

Aeration of Turfgrass Areas

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John C. Harper II

Mechanical aeration provides an excellent, and probably the only, means of correcting or alleviating soil compaction which may be quite serious on many lawn areas. More
Sample budgets should help you ensure that all costs and receipts are included in your budget.
Tree Fruit Production Budgets - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Production Budgets

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

Enterprise budgets represent estimates of the costs and returns associated with the production of specified agricultural products. More
Actual Production History Yield Exclusion
Actual Production History Yield Exclusion - Articles Articles
RMA has identified, in the actuarial documents, eligible crop years in which producers may elect to exclude actual yields from their actual production history. More
Milk Basis and Its Importance in Dairy Risk Management
Milk Basis and Its Importance in Dairy Risk Management - Articles Articles

Milk Basis and Its Importance in Dairy Risk Management

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., James Dunn, Ph.D.

Dairy producers interested in locking in milk prices for a portion of their future delivery of milk can use the futures market to reduce their risk. More
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