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Blake Vince, no-till grain farmer from Ontario, showcases a latex cast of earthworm burrows, old root canals, and cracks and fissures from his soil with PSU Extension Educator Claire Coombs. Sjoerd Duiker.
Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference Showcases Cover Crop Innovations - News News
This Conference featured a wide variety of cover crop presentations and networking opportunities for farmers, industry, government and non-government organizations, extension and research. More
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
Blueberries are a high value crop in Pennsylvania.
Survey: Pollination Services of Blueberries in the Mid-Atlantic Region - News News
If you grow blueberries on your farm, please consider participating in this short survey. 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
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
Are your berries turning brown and drying up? Check to see that the pedicle is not damaged. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Causes of Strawberry Blossom Blights and Dried Berries - News News
The warm wet weather the past couple of weeks together with high humidity is creating perfect conditions for a number of strawberry diseases. 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
Strawberry plant with mild winter injury. Photo: Kathy Demchak
Spring Strawberry Growth, or Lack Thereof - News News
This year, we had a long cold winter, the spring warm-up just isn’t happening yet in much of the state, and plant growth is nearly 2 weeks behind schedule. More
‘Mayflower’ (East Malling, U.K.) is a mid-late season variety. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Strawberry Variety Update – Fall 2017 - News News
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about putting together plant orders for next season. More
Bison painting in the Cave of Altimira, photo from Pixabay
Paleo Diet: Back to the Stone Age? - News News
What is the paleo diet? Are there science-based health benefits to following a modern day version of our hunter-gather ancestors' diet? 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
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year - News News
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. 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
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
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
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