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Local Extension Offices are Offering a Private Pesticide Applicator Short Course - News News
A two-day short course is being offered at local Penn State Extension offices across the state to prepare applicators for the private pesticide applicator exam. More
Soil Sampling
Soil Sampling - Videos Videos

Soil Sampling

Rachel Milliron

5:02

In this video, learn how to take representative soil samples in agronomic fields. More
Corn earworm (CEW) and feeding on corn ear tip. Image credit: Rachel Milliron.
Identifying Corn Earworm - News News

Identifying Corn Earworm

09/05/2018

Finding corn ears with feeding on the ear tip? More
Photo caption: Rye Cover, Rachel Milliron, PSU
Finishing Up with Manure Applications and Got Bare Fields? - News News
There may still time to get cover on the ground. More
Image 1. Frost damage to a stand of Japanese knotweed taken 5/9/2017
Frost and Freeze, Should We Worry About Winter Cereals? - News News
Temperatures crept at or below freezing the past couple of mornings, and you may be wondering if it has caused injury in wheat and barley crops. More
Beef Feeding Operation
Beef Feeding Operation - Videos Videos

Beef Feeding Operation

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

4:08

Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a beef feeding operation. More
Beef calf
Beef Cow-Calf Production - Articles Articles

Beef Cow-Calf Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production. More
Beef Cattle in feedlot
Feeding Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Beef Cattle

Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases. More
Beef Cow-calf Operation
Beef Cow-calf Operation - Videos Videos

Beef Cow-calf Operation

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford

4:40

Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a cow-calf operation. More
Replacement Heifer Selection
Replacement Heifer Selection - Articles Articles

Replacement Heifer Selection

John W. Comerford

A costly, but extremely important, feature of the cow-calf herd is the selection and development of replacement heifers. More
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle
Considerations for Retained Ownership of Feeder Cattle - Articles Articles
Retaining ownership of feeder cattle beyond the traditional time of sale at or near weaning is an option some cow-calf producers may consider. More
Cattle on Feed
Weaning Rations for Beef Steers for Two Rates of Gain - Articles Articles

Weaning Rations for Beef Steers for Two Rates of Gain

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

These rations are based on calves receiving an average grass/legume hay that is .28 mcal/lb NEg and 10% crude protein. More
Influence of Temperature on Feed Requirements of Beef Cows
Influence of Temperature on Feed Requirements of Beef Cows - Articles Articles

Influence of Temperature on Feed Requirements of Beef Cows

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Here are some basic rules to evaluate the feed requirements of beef cows during the winter. More
Cows with calves on grass
Green Grass Calving - Articles Articles

Green Grass Calving

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

There are many advantages to green grass calving when compared to late winter early spring calving. More
Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle
Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Causes of Vaccine Failure in Beef Cattle

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Vaccine failure can be reduced by understanding cattle status, using good vaccination management using the right vaccines at the right time. More
Healthy pastures are the first step to weed management.
Weed Management in Pastures - Articles Articles

Weed Management in Pastures

John W. Comerford, Nancy Glazier

The best approach to weed control is the integrated approach. Keeping pastures healthy is the first step. More
Early Weaning Calves
Early Weaning Calves - Articles Articles

Early Weaning Calves

John W. Comerford

Early weaning calves will be an effective management tool for many breeders and will improve subsequent performance of the cow herd. More
Calving Season Preparation
Calving Season Preparation - Articles Articles

Calving Season Preparation

Dustin Heeter, John W. Comerford

After baling hay and fighting snow to feed the cows, a dead calf can be a frustrating and costly result. Preparation and timely action will help make a successful calving season. More
Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review
Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review - Articles Articles

Colostrum and Calf Productivity: A Review

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

Recent studies at Penn State have shown that 20-25% of veal and dairy-beef calves do not receive colostrum prior to sale. More
Custom Feeding Cattle
Custom Feeding Cattle - Articles Articles

Custom Feeding Cattle

John W. Comerford

For those with the facilities, feedstuffs, and management expertise, custom feeding cattle is an excellent risk management tool. More
Enhancing Reproduction
Added Fat in the Ration of Beef Cows to Enhance Reproduction - Articles Articles
Evidence suggests that the addition of limited fat supplements to the diet of beef cows prior to breeding will enhance reproduction. More
Weaning Calves to reduce stress
The Delicate Art of Weaning Calves - Articles Articles
Weaning calves can be a traumatic event for calves, but if done correctly, can be a lucrative management tool. More
Feeding Small Grains to Beef Cattle
Feeding Small Grains to Beef Cattle - Articles Articles

Feeding Small Grains to Beef Cattle

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

The high price of corn has many cattle feeders investigating the use of alternative small grains in cattle rations. More
Docile cattle are often more profitable cattle
Effects of Docility in Beef Cattle - Articles Articles
There is significant information available to show that cattle with a bad disposition will influence economically important production traits. More
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull
The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull - Articles Articles

The Most Valuable Investment in the Beef Herd - The Bull

Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford

This article discusses the decision-making process in buying a bull. More
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