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Figure 1. Cool-season perennials are the mainstay of pastured dairies in the Northeast. Credit: Sjoerd Duiker
No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm - Articles Articles

No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm

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

This case study demonstrates how a grazing dairy farmer in southeastern Pennsylvania beats the summer slump with cool- and warm-season annuals established with no-till practices. More
Posts between the oat and annual strip create a fence between strips that are grazed and strips with grain crops. Photo by Sjoerd Duiker
Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm - Articles Articles

Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm

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

The adoption of no-tillage systems in Pennsylvania creates opportunities to graze after harvest. This case study examines the integration of grazing and no-tillage on a grain farm. More
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
Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle
Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Tiago Brandao Freitas, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

Feeding stored feeds in winter months is a major cost of beef cow-calf and backgrounding operations. Extending the grazing season by grazing corn crop residue may be an economically viable option for beef producers in Pennsylvania. More
Fall Forage Management
Fall Forage Management - Articles Articles

Fall Forage Management

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

When it comes to managing forages in the fall, there are many factors that should be considered. More
Grazing Residue Height Matters
Grazing Residue Height Matters - Articles Articles

Grazing Residue Height Matters

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

It is important to remember to keep an eye on residue heights to eliminate over-grazing and the problems that occur as a result. More
Pennsylvania Hay Show judge, Les Vough, places the Section I Grand Champion ribbon on the winning hay sample. Photo: Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
2018 Pennsylvania Hay Show Recap and Results - News News
The 2018 Pennsylvania Hay Show was held at Ag Progress Days and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council. More
Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
Fall Baleage Production - Articles Articles

Fall Baleage Production

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

Wet growing seasons present a challenge with harvesting enough forage for the upcoming winter months. More
This year precautions may need to be taken when harvesting corn silage that is too dry. (Source: Penn State Extension)
Harvesting Corn Silage at the Incorrect Moisture - News News
When corn silage fields dry too quickly there are a few strategies for ensuring proper ensiling of your forage. More
A promising stand of alfalfa in bloom. Image Credit: Jessica Williamson
Fall Forage Establishment - Articles Articles

Fall Forage Establishment

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Pasture managers and hay producers have a window of opportunity in the late summer and early fall to improve existing or establish new stands through seeding. More
Ensuring Quality Silage After Excessive Rains and Flooding
Ensuring Quality Silage After Excessive Rains and Flooding - News News
Large amounts of precipitation and flooding occurred throughout Pennsylvania this summer, and harvesting quality corn silage could be of concern. More
Ensuring optimum forage quality in both hay fields and pastures helps to ensure optimal animal performance. Photo by Jessica Williamson
Optimizing Spring Forage Quality - News News
Spring is a challenging time of year when it comes to cool-season perennial forage management. Keeping an eye on forage stage of production can help to ensure optimum forage quality. More
Photo credit: Patrick Drohan
Soil pH Affects Forage Production - Articles Articles

Soil pH Affects Forage Production

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Charles White

Soil pH can be one of the greatest determinates of forage productivity and stand life. More
Cattle being finished on grass, photo by Dr. Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
Grass-fed Beef Production - Articles Articles

Grass-fed Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., David Hartman

This article will clarify some of the production methods used to raise grass-fed beef. More
Grass-fed Beef Production
Grass-fed Beef Production - Videos Videos

Grass-fed Beef Production

Tara L. Felix, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., David Hartman

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Grass-fed beef production in the United States is on the rise. However, there are important management and forage quality factors that must be consider. More
Photo credit: Dwane Miller
Outstanding Lineup Slated for the 2018 PA Forage Conferences - Articles Articles
Visit with industry professionals and farmers and enjoy the day listening and learning about educational topics pertaining to forage production! More
Photo credit: CC0 Creative Commons; pixabay.com
Successful Grass-Fed Production with High Quality Forage - Articles Articles

Successful Grass-Fed Production with High Quality Forage

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

High quality forage should be the main component of a successful grass-fed beef operation. More
Photo caption: Fall pasture walk, Nicole Santangelo, PSU
Tips for Fall Grazing Pastures - Articles Articles

Tips for Fall Grazing Pastures

Nicole Santangelo, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

Does grazing fall pastures have implications for spring regrowth? More
Photo credit: Jessica Williamson
Reducing the Risk of Prussic Acid Poisoning - News News
After the first frost, it is imperative that producers manage the grazing of summer annuals correctly to prevent prussic acid poisoning in livestock. More
Grazing Corn Residue Grazing Corn Residue - News

Grazing Corn Residue

10/11/2017

Corn stover is often used as ground cover baled for bedding for the winter season, but it can also be utilized as a forage in some situations where feed supplies are limited. More
Photo credit: Jessica Williamson
Extending the Grazing Season Using Brassicas - News News
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
Photo credit: Rachel Milliron
Extending the Grazing Season Using Annual Grasses - News News
The growing season for perennial forages is limited and can be supplemented with annual grasses to “bridge the gap” in the grazing season of permanent pastures. More
Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea)
Extending the Grazing Season – Stockpiling Pastures for Fall Grazing - Articles Articles
Preparing for fall and winter on livestock operations should be done early. Managing pastures for fall and winter grazing should be done as summer ends. More
Dr. Greg Roth with ryegrass interseeded into corn.
Interseeding to Enhance and Extend Fall Grazing - News News
The greatest cost on grazing livestock enterprises is often stored and harvested feed costs. More
Extending the Grazing Season – Preparing for the Summer Slump
Extending the Grazing Season – Preparing for the Summer Slump - News News
Most often in the mid-Atlantic region, pastures are comprised of cool season perennial forages. More
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