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Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Planting a soil building cover crop after small grain harvest has many benefits, but needs to be tailored to your farm’s needs. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
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Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. More
Soil erosion is still taking its toll in Pennsylvania but can be addressed by using proper management
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Eliminating Soil Erosion

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil erosion is still our number one sustainability issue. With the excessive rainfall we’ve had many fields are showing the scars of rills and gullies. And yet … We have the tools – so let’s put them to work. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Managing Soil Compaction Caused by Small Grain Silage Harvest - Articles Articles
Small grain silage harvest can cause soil compaction when the soil is wet. This can have negative effects on the following corn crop. More
Hairy vetch, rye, annual ryegrass, and clover cover crop being grazed. Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Grazing has been largely excluded from our croplands but is receiving new interest as an additional profit center for farmers as well as a way to improve soil. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields - Articles Articles

Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in about concentrated flow leading to rills and gully formation over the winter. How can you repair that and avoid it from happening again? More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Threat of ‘Incidental Transfer’ of Manure to Streams - Articles Articles
With soil profiles being fully recharged with water and future runoff, creates the threat of ‘incidental transfer’ of nutrients and dissolved organic carbon from surface applied manure to streams and sinkholes. More
Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems
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Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication details rotating perennial pastures with annual crops, grazing cover crops, and grazing crop residue—all of which show promise to improve profit and soil health and increase diversity on crop farms. More
How quickly can you increase soil organic matter content?
Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year? - Articles Articles

Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil organic matter is a primary measure of soil health. It is important to monitor soil organic matter and try to increase it. But what is a realistic goal? More
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing - Articles Articles

Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Try to avoid soil compaction if you still have corn and soybeans to harvest, or if you graze animals. More
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk - Articles Articles
This worksheet gives you a simple, easy-to-use method for assessing the traffic-induced soil compaction risk posed by your field equipment. More
The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
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The Lowly Dung Beetle

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Learn about the important role these often forgotten insects play on your livestock farm. More
Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production
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Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication emphasizes the natural principles of the no-till system and discusses 14 management techniques for improving soil health. More
Soil Crusting
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Soil Crusting

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in of emergence problems in soybean fields from soil crusting, which happens due to dispersion of soil particles, reorientation of dispersed particles, drying, and desiccation. More
Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet
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Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication is intended to help agricultural producers, gardeners, and others assess the quality of their soil. More
Using Waste Grain as a Fuel for a Forage Sample Drying System
Using Waste Grain as a Fuel for a Forage Sample Drying System - Articles Articles
Learn how unmarketable grain was tested as a potential fuel source for drying ovens. More
Waste Biogas Production From Stackable Long Stem Materials
Waste Biogas Production From Stackable Long Stem Materials - Articles Articles
The ideal materials for these systems are those that can be handled with a front end loader and stored in piles, wet bales or bunker type storages. More
Crimson clover
Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This is a golden opportunity for cover crop seedings. More
Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency
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Pennsylvania Farm Energy Efficiency

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Penn State’s Farm Energy Efficiency program is a statewide initiative of Penn State Extension and part of Extension’s Renewable and Alternative Energy program. More
Roof vents should close snugly with no cracks or openings.
Things a Greenhouse Grower Can Do To Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Operating a commercial greenhouse is one of the most rewarding ways to make a living, but it is not an automatic or easy task. More
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency
How a Dairy Farmer Can Improve Energy Efficiency - Articles Articles
Are you looking for ways to cut your energy bill and stay competitive? If you're a dairy farmer, efficient energy use is critical to keeping your farm competitive in today's environment. More
What’s So Different about Biodiesel Fuel?
What’s So Different about Biodiesel Fuel? - Articles Articles
This article compares biodiesel with traditional petroleum diesel fuel, discussing properties, quality, blends ,and enhancement additives. More
Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine
Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine - Articles Articles

Using Biodiesel Fuel in Your Engine

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Pros and cons of using biodiesel fuel in your diesel engines, covering engine performance, fuel quality, and potential problems. More
Is Biomass Heat Right for You?
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Is Biomass Heat Right for You?

Daniel Ciolkosz, P.E.

Information to help homeowners, schools and institutions, and industries determine whether biomass heat would be effective and cost-efficient for them. More
Wood Heat for Your Home: Does It Pay Off?
Wood Heat for Your Home: Does It Pay Off? - Articles Articles
Many people in PA are considering switching to wood heat--either cordwood for a high-efficiency wood stove, or wood pellets for a pellet stove--to save money. More
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