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The ‘dweller’ dung beetle Sphaeridium scarabaeoides, a predator of fly larvae observed 4/21/17 in Tionesta, PA.
The Lowly Dung Beetle - Articles Articles

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 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
Mowing with a scythe.
Mowing with a Scythe - Articles Articles

Mowing with a Scythe

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

The scythe is an instrument used to cut grass or shrub. This article gives a description of different types of scythes, the parts of the scythe, and sharpening and mowing techniques. More
Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals
Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals - Videos Videos

Beating the Summer Slump on Dairy Farms with No-Till Annuals

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

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A grazing dairy in southeastern Pennsylvania meets summer forage needs with annual warm season mixtures planted in a continuous no-till system. 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
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
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
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
Wilson Land and Cattle
Wilson Land and Cattle - Videos Videos

Wilson Land and Cattle

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

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A grazier from Northwest Pennsylvania uses 73 different plant species in a continuous no-tillage system to improve soil health and farm productivity More
Soil Crusting
Soil Crusting - Articles Articles

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
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
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
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
Planting Corn for Stockpiling Planting Corn for Stockpiling - News

Planting Corn for Stockpiling

04/12/2017

Corn can be left in the field in the winter to meet winter grazing needs of livestock. More
Grassed Waterway Maintenance Grassed Waterway Maintenance - News

Grassed Waterway Maintenance

04/12/2017

Grassed Waterways are not maintenance free. Don’t let a bund prevent your waterway from performing its job. More
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