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Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Planting a soil building cover crop after small grain harvest has many benefits, but needs to be tailored to your farm’s needs. More
Overgrazing pastures compromises pasture production and exposes the soil to erosion
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Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures

Justin Brackenrich, Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. More
Soil erosion is still taking its toll in Pennsylvania but can be addressed by using proper management
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Eliminating Soil Erosion

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil erosion is still our number one sustainability issue. With the excessive rainfall we’ve had many fields are showing the scars of rills and gullies. And yet … We have the tools – so let’s put them to work. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Managing Soil Compaction Caused by Small Grain Silage Harvest - Articles Articles
Small grain silage harvest can cause soil compaction when the soil is wet. This can have negative effects on the following corn crop. More
Hairy vetch, rye, annual ryegrass, and clover cover crop being grazed. Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Grazing Crop Residues and Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Grazing has been largely excluded from our croplands but is receiving new interest as an additional profit center for farmers as well as a way to improve soil. More
Table Grape Production
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Table Grape Production

Lynn Kime, Steve Bogash

The initial investment for grapes can be high depending on the production method chosen, land preparation, and initial investment in the vines. More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields - Articles Articles

Repairing Erosion Damage and Protecting Your Fields

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in about concentrated flow leading to rills and gully formation over the winter. How can you repair that and avoid it from happening again? More
Photo Credit: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Extension.
Threat of ‘Incidental Transfer’ of Manure to Streams - Articles Articles
With soil profiles being fully recharged with water and future runoff, creates the threat of ‘incidental transfer’ of nutrients and dissolved organic carbon from surface applied manure to streams and sinkholes. More
Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems
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Potential to Integrate Grazing into No-Till Systems

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication details rotating perennial pastures with annual crops, grazing cover crops, and grazing crop residue—all of which show promise to improve profit and soil health and increase diversity on crop farms. More
How quickly can you increase soil organic matter content?
Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year? - Articles Articles

Can I Increase Soil Organic Matter by 1% This Year?

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Soil organic matter is a primary measure of soil health. It is important to monitor soil organic matter and try to increase it. But what is a realistic goal? More
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing
Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing - Articles Articles

Soil compaction at grain harvest and while grazing

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Try to avoid soil compaction if you still have corn and soybeans to harvest, or if you graze animals. More
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk - Articles Articles
This worksheet gives you a simple, easy-to-use method for assessing the traffic-induced soil compaction risk posed by your field equipment. More
The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
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The Lowly Dung Beetle

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Learn about the important role these often forgotten insects play on your livestock farm. More
Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production
Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production - Articles Articles

Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication emphasizes the natural principles of the no-till system and discusses 14 management techniques for improving soil health. More
Soil Crusting
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Soil Crusting

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Reports have come in of emergence problems in soybean fields from soil crusting, which happens due to dispersion of soil particles, reorientation of dispersed particles, drying, and desiccation. More
Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet
Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet - Articles Articles

Pennsylvania Soil Quality Assessment Worksheet

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This publication is intended to help agricultural producers, gardeners, and others assess the quality of their soil. More
Banking Potassium: Getting A Bit Ahead On Tomato Consumption
Banking Potassium: Getting A Bit Ahead On Tomato Consumption - Articles Articles
One of the greatest challenges in growing tomatoes in an intensive production system is keeping up with the plants high consumption of potassium during fruit production. More
Damage caused by heating system malfunction
Is Your Greenhouse or High Tunnel Heating System Damaging your Plants? - Articles Articles
Heated high tunnels and greenhouses where air pollution from the heating system is present, can damage crops. More
Crimson clover
Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops - Articles Articles

Time to Plant Fall Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This is a golden opportunity for cover crop seedings. More
Despite the challenges of bacterial diseases, it is possible to have a profitable tomato crop. Photo: Andrew Frankenfield
Farming Like You Expect Bacterial Diseases - Articles Articles
One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. More
High Tunnel Fresh Market Slicer Tomato Variety Trial 2011
High Tunnel Fresh Market Slicer Tomato Variety Trial 2011 - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality and earlier harvests in crops grown in tunnels. More
High Tunnel Cherry and Grape Tomato Variety Trial 2011
High Tunnel Cherry and Grape Tomato Variety Trial 2011 - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality and earlier harvests in crops grown in tunnels. More
Signs of Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields
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Signs of Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

Rill Erosion in No-Till and Tilled Fields-The snowmelt and rainstorm last week reminds us of how vulnerable our soils are. More
Producción de Ajo
Producción de Ajo - Articles Articles

Producción de Ajo

Thomas Ford, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

El ajo es un cultivo que se adapta bien a una pequeña superficie o como parte de un negocio más grande de mercadeo directo que está en la búsqueda de diversificar su mezcla de cultivos. More
Leaf Mold on determinate, high tunnel tomato plants.
Managing Leaf Mold in High Tunnels - Articles Articles
High Tunnel acreage in PA and the Mid-Atlantic continues to grow due to improvements in tomato quality, the NRCS cost-sharing program, and substantially earlier harvests. More
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