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Improve soil structure and infiltration by adding cover crops to your rotation.
Soil Health Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Learn how to improve your farm's soils and increase profitability through no-till, cover crops and crop diversity in this discussion-driven workshop. More
5 species cover crop mix
Cover Crop Field Day and Presentation - Workshops Workshops
Free field day and presentation for conventional and organic growers. Information on cover crop utilization and what we learned with cover crop research in field and vegetable cropping systems. More
Dairy cows on pasture.
Incorporating Brassicas Into Your Grazing System - Webinars Webinars
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Forage brassicas are high quality forages that can be grazed during the spring, summer forage slump, or used to extend fall grazing season. More
A crowd gathers at a farm in Clinton County to discuss opportunities for managing soil health and planting green.
Planting Green and Soil Health the Focus of June Field Day - News News
Planting green is a practice where cover crop termination is delayed until cash crop planting in order to extend soil health benefits longer into the season. More
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation - Articles Articles
Conservation strategies that can be employed across your farm or in your garden to help maintain healthy native bee populations. More
Cereal rye (Secale cereale)
Herbicide Resistant Weeds in No-till Soybean- integrating cover crops - Articles Articles

Herbicide Resistant Weeds in No-till Soybean- integrating cover crops

William S. Curran, Ph.D., John Wallace, Jess Bunchek

Recent research being conducted at Penn State is showing cover crops beneficial for suppression of problematic winter annual weeds. More
Triticale cover crop.
Herbicide Considerations for Cover and Forage Crops - Articles Articles
Learn about carryover concerns for seeding cover crops after in-season corn and soybean herbicide applications. More
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills
Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills - Articles Articles

Calibration of Grain/Seed Drills

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Ron Hoover

The seed delivery system in drills is not as precise as that used in planters because they use flutes or sponges to meter seed instead of seed singulation. More
Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops - Articles

Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

The question about whether corn or soybean herbicide programs will pose a problem for establishing fall cover crops has become a common. More
Harlequin Bug Russ Ottens University of Georgia
Harlequin Bugs – A Growing Problem in Pennsylvania? - Articles Articles
The harlequin bug is an important insect pest of cabbage and related crops in the southern half of the United States. Recently it has been reported more frequently in southeastern Pennsylvania. More
Vicon spinner precision seeder.
Innovative Ways to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles
Cover crops offer multiple benefits from soil conservation to weed suppression. To reap benefits, the ideal planting time is mid-August to mid-September. More
Heat Treatments to Control Soil-Borne Pests
Heat Treatments to Control Soil-Borne Pests - Articles Articles
The objective of heat treatment of soil is to reduce the numbers of weeds, insects, and disease-causing organisms in the soil. More
Spring Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations
Spring Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations - Articles Articles
Canola’s origins date back to an oilseed crop called rapeseed, which was grown in the thirteenth century. More
Winter Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations
Winter Canola in Pennsylvania: Production and Agronomic Recommendations - Articles Articles
Canola’s origin dates back to an oilseed crop grown in the 13th century called rapeseed. More
Red clover can be used as a cover crop to suppress weeds
Suppressing Weeds Using Cover Crops in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article discusses which cover crops are most suitable, and how should they be managed to enhance weed suppression. More
Cover Crops for Conservation Tillage Systems
Cover Crops for Conservation Tillage Systems - Articles Articles

Cover Crops for Conservation Tillage Systems

Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D., Lyn Garling

Cover crops can cover the soil to protect against soil erosion; improve the soil by adding organic matter, nutrients, and stability; and scavenge leftover nutrients. More