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Soil compaction threat during silage harvest is high this year. Image Credit: Mark Madden
Soil Compaction Threat is High - News News

Soil Compaction Threat is High

09/12/2018

After another prolonged period of rainfall, the soils across most of the commonwealth are again saturated. More
Cover Crop Seed Shortage This Fall
Cover Crop Seed Shortage This Fall - News News
If you are planning to buy cover crop seed, it is important that you do so quickly or there might not be any available. More
Calves grazing in warm season annuals as part of the USDA-NRCS Management Intensive Grazing demonstration at Ag Progress Days (S. Duiker)
Soil Compaction When Grazing in a Wet Summer - News News
Managing soil compaction while grazing can be a challenge in a wet summer like we are experiencing now, but it can be done, as we learned last week at Ag Progress Days. More
Corn earworm counts are rising throughout PA.
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: August 2, 2018 - News News
July started out dry and hot but transitioned quickly, with almost no warning, to very wet and hot. More
Japanese beetle on raspberries. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Production Issues: July 12, 2018 - News News
Downy mildew was confirmed on cucumber in Mifflin County on July 11. Warmer weather throughout the state is helping crops along, but has also been good for insect pests. More
Anthracnose (Colletotrichum orbiculare) on watermelon. Photo: Jason Brock, University of Georgia (bugwood.org)
Watch Out for Fungal Diseases On Melons - News News
Your melon crops should be well on their way by now, and with the rain we’ve had, fungal diseases may be too. More
The potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae, is a pest that is easy to overlook until the damage - called "hopperburn" - "burns" you. Photo: Penn State College of Agriculture
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: June 28 2018 - News News
Wet weather and variable temperatures across the state continue to be challenging for vegetable and berry production. More
Black rot on cabbage, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Note characteristic “V” shaped lesions starting at leaf margin. Photo: Lee Stivers, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: Mid-June 2018 - News News
Cloudy weather, rainstorms, and variable temperatures across the state have slowed some crops and created very favorable conditions for disease development. More
Pepper transplants. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: May 18, 2018 - News News
It’s no secret that this spring has been cold and wet across Pennsylvania. On many farms, planting has been delayed as much as three weeks, and many crops already in the ground are developing more slowly than usual. More
Photo credit: Kelly Patches
Cover Crop Species to Plant Mid-September - News News
Cover crops are an important component of any cropping system. Selecting the right species for the time of year is a first step to success. More
An example of a quad plate demonstrating growth from a quarter sample of a cow with a high SCC. (photo by Ginger Fenton, 2015)
Using On-farm Culturing for More Than Mastitis - News News
New ways to incorporate on-farm culturing in herd health routines. More
Heavy Storms and Soil Management
Heavy Storms and Soil Management - News News
Heavy downpours can come at any time of the year, although most common in the summer. The rain is a blessing but can be a curse too. More
Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State Univrsity
Drought Happens - Are You Ready? - News News
Drought is a regular occurrence somewhere in the United States, even here in Pennsylvania. More
Pitless Adaptor. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Drilling a New or Replacement Well - News News
Anyone installing a new well—or replacing an inadequate old system needs to plan carefully to ensure an adequate supply of good-quality water. More
Watch for Soil Compaction Threat
Watch for Soil Compaction Threat - News News
Soil compaction threat increased in much of the state after significant rainfall over the past days. Avoiding compaction has been shown to be much more cost effective than repairing it. More
Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Private Water System Education Workshop Held in York County - News News
One third of York County households are served by private water and septic. Home Water and Septic System Workshops help homeowners maintain these systems. More
Planter Performance in No-till Planter Performance in No-till - News

Planter Performance in No-till

04/26/2017

Poor planter performance is one of the major reasons for yield reduction in no-till. Take a few minutes to review this checklist to ensure optimum planter performance. More
Combating Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields Combating Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields - News
Heavy rainfall can cause severe soil erosion in fields. There are a few practices that you can use to reduce rill erosion. More
Grassed Waterway Maintenance Grassed Waterway Maintenance - News

Grassed Waterway Maintenance

04/12/2017

Grassed Waterways are not maintenance free. Don’t let a bund prevent your waterway from performing its job. More
Planting Corn for Stockpiling
Planting Corn for Stockpiling - News News

Planting Corn for Stockpiling

04/12/2017

Corn can be left in the field in the winter to meet winter grazing needs of livestock. More
Soil Compaction Threat from Grazing Animals on Steep Slopes Soil Compaction Threat from Grazing Animals on Steep Slopes - News
When grazing on steep slopes care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals to avoid soil degradation. More
Data from Weather Underground
Cover Crop Winter Survival - News News

Cover Crop Winter Survival

03/29/2017

What did this winter do to our cover crops? That was my question after experiencing unseasonably high temperatures followed by significant cold snaps. More
Photo: Mark Madden, Penn State Extension
Wellhead Protection – the Area Around the Well Counts! - News News
Inspecting the wellhead (above ground portion of the well) every year helps a well owner discover potential issues before they become expensive problems. More
Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species – What are Asian Carp? Focus on Aquatic Invasive Species – What are Asian Carp? - News
Asian carp is a catchall name for four species of carp, silver, bighead, grass, and black carp from Southeast Asia that are now threatening the Great Lakes. More
Melting snow with deicing salt. Photo: V Jedlicka, Nebraska Extension
Watershed-friendly Deicing - News News

Watershed-friendly Deicing

03/13/2017

Did you know that runoff containing de-icing chemicals can damage our rivers and streams? More
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