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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
Carl Schmidt (center) talks about the organic transition process on Banner Farm (Image Credit: Maureen Casey)
Successful Transition to Organic at Banner Farm - Articles Articles
On-farm example focuses on organic transition. More
Figure 1. Wax moth larvae killed by Metarhizium infection. Metarhizium spores contact, germinate, infect, and ultimately kill insect pests. Photo credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State Department of Entomology
Managing a Beneficial Soil Fungus for Insect Control - Articles Articles

Managing a Beneficial Soil Fungus for Insect Control

Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Imtiaz Ahmad, Christina Voortman

Pest suppression is an important function of healthy soil. The effects of cover crops and soil characteristics on a beneficial fungus are being examined. More
Lesser grain borer. Pest and Diseases Image Library, Bugwood.org https://www.insectimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=5489003]
Management of Stored Grain Pests in Organic Systems - Articles Articles
Effective control of stored grain pests without synthetic pesticides requires an IPM approach combining sanitation, identification, monitoring, and preventive practices. More
Figure 5. Alternating row configuration is one strategy to manage competition between species in a mixture. Here forage radish alternates with Austrian winter pea.
Making the Most of Mixtures: Considerations for Winter Cover Crops - Articles Articles
This article discusses tailoring a cover crop mixture, building a complementary mix, determining which species to use, methods to establish mixtures, and considerations when terminating mixtures. More
Wild bees like this bumble bee are essential to Pennsylvania agriculture.
Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania

Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., David Mortensen, Ph.D.

Wild bees, which include native and naturalized bees, pollinate a variety of crops. In areas of Pennsylvania, wild bees already provide the majority of pollination for some summer vegetable crops. More
Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices
Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices - Articles Articles

Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices

Charles White, Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D.

Information for farmers and gardeners who want to understand the physical, chemical, and biological components of healthy soil and how to manage them. More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Seedcorn Maggot as a Pest of Field Corn - Articles Articles

Seedcorn Maggot as a Pest of Field Corn

Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D.

The seedcorn maggot, a pest imported from Europe, is now established throughout the United States. Corn and soybeans are the major crops attacked. More
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation
Using Flowering Cover Crops for Native Pollinating Bee Conservation - Articles Articles
Conservation strategies that can be employed across your farm or in your garden to help maintain healthy native bee populations. More
Field of diverse crops in rotation
Introduction to Organic Farming: A Growing Opportunity for Pennsylvania Farmers - Articles Articles
This article provides basic information about organic farming, including getting started, considering your product/market, and deciding whether to be certified. More