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In determining whether to make hay, know how much you can harvest and at what point you’re considering mowing.
Challenges and Considerations for Fall Hay Harvest - Articles Articles

Challenges and Considerations for Fall Hay Harvest

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker, Adriana Murillo-Williams

Successful management of forage stands in the fall hinges on properly evaluating stands and giving plants enough leaf area to survive the winter. More
Horse Hay - Danielle N. Smarsh, Ph.D.
Mold and Mycotoxins in Horse Hay - Articles Articles
Hay with a high moisture content is at risk for developing mold. There are a variety of health risks for horses that consume moldy hay. More
Diplodia ear rot. Photo Credit: Alyssa Collins
Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins - Articles Articles

Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

There are many pathogens that cause ear rots. Identify which ones are associated with mycotoxin contamination! More
Figure 1. Wheat seed and young seedlings affected by Fusarium graminearum (white arrows). (Photo credit: Brandon Wilt, PSU-PPEM.)
Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed? - Articles Articles

Wheat and Barley Diseases: What is in Your Seed?

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Seeds can serve as the vehicle for unwanted plant pathogens and weeds. Avoid the risks! More
Mid-ear cutworm injury resulting in subsequent ear mold infection by several pathogens. Image credit: G. Roth
Avoiding Mycotoxins in Grain Corn and Silage - Articles Articles

Avoiding Mycotoxins in Grain Corn and Silage

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker, Adriana Murillo-Williams

Toxins caused by fungi are a real concern in grain corn and silage. Is there anything we can do about it? More
Ryerss is home to 70 horses, which graze 160 acres of pasture. The farm also maintains an additional 160 acres for hay and field crops.
Best Management Practices: Ryerss Farm - Articles Articles
Increasing vegetation in winter pastures provided additional nutrition for horses and reduced erosion. More
Martha became interested and involved in the Equine Stewardship On-Farm Project after attending Penn State's Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course.
Best Management Practices: Mar Gar Farm - Articles Articles
Increasing desirable forage while decreasing weeds and minimizing bare ground. More
The operation is located on approximately 30 acres of pasture and is home to 40 horses. Lisa became interested and involved in the on-farm Equine Stewardship Project through attending Penn State's Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course.
Best Management Practices: L&B Farm - Articles Articles
Increasing perennial plants in pastures to reduce soil and nutrient loss. More
The operation is home to about 45 horses with 16 acres of pasture. Heritage Hills became involved with the Equine Stewardship On-Farm Project by attending a Penn State Environmental Stewardship short course.
Best Management Practices: Heritage Hills Equestrian Center - Articles Articles
Increasing vegetation in pastures to provide additional nutrition for horses. More
John and his wife own three Rocky Mountain Horses which have access to five acres of pasture. John was introduced to the On-Farm Sustainable Research and Education Project (SARE) after completing a Penn State Environmental Stewardship short course.
Best Management Practices: Wind Crest Farm - Articles Articles
Increasing perennial vegetation in pastures to provide nutrition for horses and decrease weeds. More
The operation is home to about 10-14 horses which have access to 19 acres of pasture. The farm has rolling fields, beautiful split rail fencing and a large indoor and outdoor riding arena.
Best Management Practices: Stonewall Stables - Articles Articles
Increasing edible vegetation provided additional nutrition for horses. More
Figure 1. Soybean cyst nematodes females (yellow arrows) and nodules (white arrows) on soybean roots. Photo credit: Penn State Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Archives, Penn State University, Bugwood.org
Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained - Articles Articles

Plant Parasitic Nematodes Explained

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Have you noticed a decline in yield without a clear explanation? It could be due to plant parasitic nematodes. More
Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan
Have a Horse or Steer in Your Backyard? You Need a Manure Management Plan - Articles Articles
Recently revised Pennsylvania environmental regulations require all animal operations, large and small, to have either a Manure Management Plan or a Nutrient Management Plan. More
Grey Leaf Spot in corn. Image Credit: Alyssa Collins
Early-season Corn Fungicide Considerations - Articles Articles

Early-season Corn Fungicide Considerations

Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Does it pay to spray at V5 to V7, or even V10, corn? What factors should we consider before pulling the trigger? More
Bin-run seed lacks the quality of certified seed. Photo credit: Alyssa Collins
Bin-run Seed: Associated Risks for Soybean Production - Articles Articles

Bin-run Seed: Associated Risks for Soybean Production

Adriana Murillo-Williams, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D., Paul D. Esker

Before you try to save money by planting farm-saved seed, know the hidden costs! More
Treated (left) and non-treated (right) soybean seeds. Photo credit: Paul Esker & Alyssa Collins, Penn State.
Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings - Articles Articles

Seed Selection Based on Disease Resistance Ratings

Paul D. Esker, Alyssa Collins, Ph.D.

Make choices for a healthy crop next season before putting even one seed in the ground. More
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Plants Toxic to Horses - Articles Articles

Plants Toxic to Horses

Donna Foulk

Horse owners should learn to recognize toxic plants and be aware of the symptoms they can cause. More
Figure 1. Disc and Contractor's Flag Pin.
Pasture Evaluation: Equine Pasture Evaluation Disc - Articles Articles
The Penn State Equine Pasture Evaluation Disc (EPED) can be used to document the concentration of weeds and desirable plants in pastures. More
Program participants learned about parasite life cycles through lectures and demonstrations.
Parasite Program Results - Articles Articles

Parasite Program Results

Donna Foulk, Ed Jedrzejewski, Heather Stofanak

Reducing Parasite Resistance on Equine Operations Using a Comprehensive Whole Farm Approach More
Testing your own farm's manure is not difficult.
Parasite Management: Fecal Egg Count Test Considerations and Protocols - Articles Articles
How to perform the fecal egg count tests and reduction tests, and important concepts to think about. More
Boarding Horses
Boarding Horses - Articles Articles

Boarding Horses

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

Many people enjoy activities involving horses; however, they don't have the facilities to house their animals. More
Spring Plants that are Poisonous to Horses, Dogs and Barn Cats
Spring Plants that are Poisonous to Horses, Dogs and Barn Cats - Articles Articles
Many ornamental plants can be harmful to horses, dogs and barn cats. More
Managing Toxic Pasture Plants
Managing Toxic Pasture Plants - Articles Articles
There are hundreds of plants in North America that can be poisonous to horses. More
Walking Pastures - Important Step in Pasture Management
Walking Pastures - Important Step in Pasture Management - Articles Articles
Regularly surveying your pastures, is one of the most important and most overlooked steps in pasture management. More
A horse with slobbers (courtesy Steven S. Nicholson, DVM , LSU)
Does Your Horse Have the Slobbers? - Articles Articles
A variety of substances can cause horses to drool. More
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