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Figure 1. No-till soybean in cereal rye mulch
Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems - Articles Articles

Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems

Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Rebecca Champagne, William Curran

Strategies within cover crop-based, rotational no-till systems to build soil quality and reduce tillage frequency and intensity. More
Figure 1. Hairy vetch-triticale cover crop being rolled
Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations - Articles Articles

Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations

Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Clair Keene, William Curran

Optimizing timing of hairy vetch and cereal rye rolling can prevent incomplete cover crop termination. More
How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals
How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals - Videos Videos

How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals

Barbara Baraibar Padro

11:33

Researchers describe the main findings of the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project at Penn State looking at cover crop mixtures that can provide multiple benefits. More
Benefits and Challenges of Planting Cover Crop Mixtures
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Benefits and Challenges of Planting Cover Crop Mixtures

Barbara Baraibar Padro

10:46

Farmers discuss what are the benefits and challenges of incorporating cover crop mixtures into their farming operations. More
Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective?
Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective? - Videos Videos

Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective?

Barbara Baraibar Padro

5:59

Farmers discuss when they think cover crop mixtures can be cost effective in an organic crop grain rotation. More
A Guide to Preserving Trees in Development Projects
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A Guide to Preserving Trees in Development Projects

William Elmendorf, Ph.D., Henry Gerhold, Ph.D., Larry Kuhns

This publication explains tree health and environmental considerations and details how to preserve trees. More
Controlling Weeds in Nursery and Landscape Plantings
Controlling Weeds in Nursery and Landscape Plantings - Articles Articles

Controlling Weeds in Nursery and Landscape Plantings

Tracey Lynn Harpster, Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Larry Kuhns

This guide explains how people who grow and maintain landscape and nursery plantings can develop effective weed control programs. More
Choosing Plants Wisely
Choosing Plants Wisely - Articles Articles

Choosing Plants Wisely

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

To create and maintain a healthy landscape, choose plants that are suited to the conditions in your yard. More
Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes
Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes - Articles Articles

Introduction to Creating Healthy Landscapes

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

When a plant looks unhealthy or has been injured by an insect or a mite, often our first impulse is to apply a pesticide. More
Keeping Plants Well Groomed
Keeping Plants Well Groomed - Articles Articles

Keeping Plants Well Groomed

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Debris that builds up in the landscape can harbor pests and plant diseases. More
Pest Management Methods
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Pest Management Methods

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

IPM (integrated pest management) primarily consists of methods used to prevent plant problems from occurring in the first place. More
Plant with Care
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Plant with Care

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

One of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health and long life of your plants is to plant them correctly. More
Promote Plant Health
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Promote Plant Health

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Healthy, vigorous plants are less vulnerable to attack by insects and disease. More
Monitor Pests and Keep Records
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Monitor Pests and Keep Records

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Inspecting your plants on a regular basis is essential to identifying and evaluating plant problems in their early stages. More
Planting and After Care of Community Trees
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Planting and After Care of Community Trees

William Elmendorf, Ph.D., Larry Kuhns

This publication is for people who plant trees in public landscapes, such as streets and parks, but its advice also is useful to those who plant trees around homes and businesses. More
Beautiful garden landscapes, like the one in this illustration, can be obtained through smart and heathy management plans
Creating Healthy Landscapes - Articles Articles

Creating Healthy Landscapes

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

This article outlines steps to help homeowners take better care of landscape plants and provides an introduction to basic integrated pest management concepts. More
Many different species of fungi produce fruiting bodies called mushrooms.
What Is Growing in My Landscape Mulch? Mushrooms, Slime Molds, and Fungus - Articles Articles
This article describes four common types of fungi growing in landscape mulches in the eastern United States: mushrooms, slime molds, bird's nest fungus, and the artillery fungus. More