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Eating Seasonally and Locally in the Winter - Articles Articles
Knowing the availability, varieties and culinary uses of winter vegetables and fruit makes it easier to purchase locally and helps support the local economy, our health and the planet. More
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Dairy Sense: The Reality of the Dairy Industry - Articles Articles
The industry is in crisis and there is no simple fix to the problem. Consecutive years of mediocre margins and possible erosion of farm equity mean there are some tough questions to be answered. More
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Dairy Sense: Unlocking Added Potential - Articles Articles
The transition period, early lactation, and breeding age heifers are the keys to unlocking added potential for milk income. More
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Dairy Sense: More Sugar, Please - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: More Sugar, Please

Virginia A. Ishler

Adding sugar to the ration can complement many diets and takes the pressure off starch as the only energy source used to maintain production and components. More
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Dairy Sense: Evolution of IOFC - Articles Articles

Dairy Sense: Evolution of IOFC

Virginia A. Ishler

Income over feed cost (IOFC) per cow has evolved from a general metric to one that is very farm specific. Tracking breakeven IOFC enables analysis of how decisions will impact cash flow. More
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Risk Management for Reproduction Programs - Articles Articles
Risk management must address big-picture financial aspects; however, it is also relevant to specific areas of management, such as reproduction. More
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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
Jelena Witch hazel
Witch Hazels: A Promise That Spring is on the Way - Articles Articles
Witch hazels provide fragrance and floral impact to the garden. More
Japanese primrose in a woodland setting
Pick a Primrose For a Pop of Perfection - Articles Articles
Spring flowering primroses are ideal in moist, semi-shady locations. More
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Pest and Disease Problems of Indoor Plants - Articles Articles
Plants can brighten our indoor spaces. Find out more about common pests and diseases of indoor plants and how to combat them. More
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Petscaping: Creating a Pet-Friendly Garden - Articles Articles
You can have a garden that is both beautiful and a safe haven for pets. This article outlines steps for a pet-friendly garden. More
Powdery mildew on blossoms. The powdery mildew fungus likes young tissue. As tissue begins to grow, the fungus will colonize young, green tissue as it emerges. Photo: Kari Peter, Penn State
Spraying by the Numbers: Fungicide Resistance Management - Articles Articles

Spraying by the Numbers: Fungicide Resistance Management

Kari A. Peter, Ph.D., Alan R. Biggs

Growers can prevent resistance to fungicides by alternating chemicals by FRAC group also known as "spraying by the numbers." More
SAY Clearinghouse: Aligns with AFRN CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02.
Farm Safety Video Series by National Farmers Union - Articles Articles
Farm safety video series developed by the National Farmers Union aligns with the following AFNR Standards: CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02 - Low Alignment. More
Beef cows grazing switchgrass/big bluestem/indiangrass mix in summer. Credit: S. Duiker
Extending the Grazing Season with Plant Diversity - Articles Articles

Extending the Grazing Season with Plant Diversity

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

By developing a grazing plan that integrates cool-season perennials with warm- and cool-season annuals and warm-season perennials, graziers can significantly extend the grazing season while both avoiding overgrazing and maintaining soil health. More
Implants are crucial in Holstein steers raised for beef.
2018 Calf-fed Holstein Demonstration Results - Articles Articles
The calf-fed Holstein Initiative wrapped up its third year in 2018. Implants successfully increased average daily gains and feed efficiency. More
Beef cattle manure value can be captured as fertilizer.
Should I Use my Beef Manure as Fertilizer? - Articles Articles

Should I Use my Beef Manure as Fertilizer?

Tara L. Felix, Virginia A. Ishler

Beef manure is inherently high in phosphorus. There are a few issues with over-applying phosphorus to land. This article discusses issues and offers solutions to using beef cattle manure as fertilizer. More
Legumes
Legumes - Articles Articles

Legumes

Frances Alloway, MA, RD, LDN

Legumes include beans, peas, and lentils and have many nutritional benefits. They are high in protein, dietary fiber and the B vitamin folate. More
Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary
Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary - Articles Articles

Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary

Heidi Reed, Heather Karsten, Ph.D., John Tooker, Ph.D., Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

This article explains the “why” and “how” of planting green with corn and soybeans, including practical management recommendations based on results from 3 years of research across 5 locations in Pennsylvania. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price remains plateaued around $18/cwt through the first quarter of 2019 with futures indicating moderate increases during the last two quarters. More
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Camphor Shoot Borer (Cnestus mutilatus) - Articles Articles
Camphor shoot borers are an introduced species of ambrosia beetle that attack small-diameter branches and trunks of stressed, weakened, and dying trees. They also accidentally bore holes into plastic gasoline containers, hoses, and tanks. More
Grazing 101: Sustainable Pasture Management for Livestock
Grazing 101: Sustainable Pasture Management for Livestock - Online Courses Online Courses
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Learn how to sustainably manage beef cattle, sheep and meat goats on pasture. Understand the variables concerning grazing systems, paddocks, fencing, and forage quality. More
Aligns with AFNR Standards: CS.03 and AS.02.
Needlestick Prevention Resources by UMASH - Articles Articles
Resource developed by the Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center aligns with the following AFNR Standards: CS.03 and AS.02 - Low Alignment. More
Figure 1. No-till soybean in cereal rye mulch
Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems - Articles Articles

Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems

Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Rebecca Champagne, William Curran

Strategies within cover crop-based, rotational no-till systems to build soil quality and reduce tillage frequency and intensity. More
Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture
Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Grazing Management webinar series, which includes presentations on grazing and pasture management. "Kelp for Supplemental Feeding of Dairy Cows on Pasture" was recorded on December 19, 2018. More
Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems
Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems - Webinars Webinars
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This free webinar recording is part of a Dairy Grazing Management webinar series, which includes presentations on grazing and pasture management. Agronomic Pasture Management: Organic Systems was recorded on October 17, 2018. More
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