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Soil Fertility and Management

Information on soil fertility and management of agronomic crops, including quality assessment and conditions such as crusting, compaction and rill erosion. Tips on levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, crop rotation and no-till yields.
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Nitrogen Recommendations for Corn that Credit Cover Crops and Soil Organic Matter
Nitrogen Recommendations for Corn that Credit Cover Crops and Soil Organic Matter - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This tool allows you to make a prediction for how much nitrogen (N) fertilizer is needed for a corn crop based on credits that are given to soil organic matter and cover crop residues. More
Managing and Predicting Soil Carbon and Nitrogen in Agronomic Cropping Systems
Managing and Predicting Soil Carbon and Nitrogen in Agronomic Cropping Systems - Workshops Workshops
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Join us to learn why managing soil carbon and nitrogen are important for maintaining soil health, improving crop yields, and protecting the environment. More
Photo Credit: Leon Ressler
PA Agronomic Education Society Conference is Next Week - News News
There is still time to register for the PA Agronomic Education Conference! Dates are Thursday, January 16th (8AM to 5PM) and Friday, January 17th (7:30AM to 2PM). More
Registration is Open for the PA Agronomic Education Conference
Registration is Open for the PA Agronomic Education Conference - News News
2020 is quickly approaching and so is a great opportunity to earn continuing education credits at the annual PA Agronomic Education Society Conference! More
Crops Conference
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Crops Conference

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These one-day seminars offer opportunities to earn pesticide, nutrient management and certified crop adviser credits, and to learn about key current crop management issues. More
Collecting soil samples to a depth of 3 feet using hydraulic coil coring equipment. Photo Credit: Charlie White, Penn State Extension.
Optimizing Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Management in Agricultural Soils - Articles Articles
A new research project seeks to discover how to optimize carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus management in agricultural soils. More
Pencil-sized nightcrawler burrows can be observed under the middens. (Credit: Sjoerd Duiker)
The Benefits of Long-term No-till on Earthworm Activity and Rooting Depth - News News
In long-term no-till, nightcrawlers are much more prevalent, thus leading to deeper root growth than in conventionally tilled soil. More
Modern subsoilers are designed to limit surface soil and residue disturbance while maximizing sub-surface soil fracturing to alleviate compaction. Photo: Sjoerd Duiker.
Dry Fall Provides Opportunity to Remediate Soil Compaction - News News
After a very wet 2018 and a wet spring in 2019, we are faced with dry soil conditions this fall that may offer opportunity to alleviate soil compaction by subsoiling. More
Uneven crop residue distribution will result in poor no-till stands. Photo: Sjoerd Duiker.
No-till Planting Begins With Proper Residue Spreading at Harvest - Articles Articles

No-till Planting Begins With Proper Residue Spreading at Harvest

乐动体育注册 Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

No-till crop production requires more advanced planning than tillage farming. In fact, no-till planting begins at harvest! It is very important to distribute crop residue evenly behind the combine to guarantee excellent results in the next crop. More
Poultry litter delivered to an improved stacking pad. Photo: Hanna Wells, Penn State
The Do’s and Don’ts of Importing Manure - Articles Articles

The Do’s and Don’ts of Importing Manure

乐动体育注册 Charles White, Robert Meinen

Importing manure can be an economical source of nutrients and organic matter inputs, but there are some things to consider when doing so. More
Manure Dragline Disc Injection System, Photo: Leon Ressler, Penn State Extension
Fall Manure Application – Environmental and Personal Safety Considerations - Articles Articles
Manure is a valuable, nutrient-rich resource and should be handled as such. More
A soil probe and bucket make soil testing much easier and sampling more uniform. Photo Credit: Justin Brackenrich, Penn State Extension.
Interpreting Your Soil Test Reports - Articles Articles

Interpreting Your Soil Test Reports

Justin Brackenrich, Rachel Milliron

After you send in your soil sample to the lab you wait patiently for your test results, but when they arrive do you know what it all means? More
Figure 1. Maize kernels at approximately 1 Corn /3 milk line. stalk nitrate samples can be collected anytime between ¼ milk line stage and 3 weeks after the black layer forms (Photo credit: Charlie White)
Corn Stalk Nitrate Testing Can Help Assess This Year’s Nitrogen Management Decisions - News News
In a wet year like 2019, there are many questions about how nitrogen fertility programs held up. More
Figure 1 Photo: Sjoerd Duiker.
Soil Compaction Effects - News News

Soil Compaction Effects

08/07/2019

Wet conditions in fall and spring created ideal conditions to cause severe soil compaction during harvest or manure spreading – and the crops are showing the effects especially when it gets dry and hot. More
A soil clod with good soil structure and earthworm holes, indicative of soil health practices
Soil Health Twilight Meeting - Workshops Workshops
Get your hands dirty in a soil pit and explore a range of soil health topics at this informal, hands on, and discussion based evening meeting. More
Now is a good time to evaluation pasture and hay soil fertility (Photo: Jeff Graybill, Penn State Extension)
Soil Fertility for Pasture or Hay Renovation or Establishment - News News
If you are planning to renovate or establish a hay or pasture field, first evaluate soil fertility levels and make necessary adjustments. More
Immobilization and Mineralization of Nitrogen in Agricultural Soils
Immobilization and Mineralization of Nitrogen in Agricultural Soils - Videos Videos
Nitrogen availability in soils is controlled by a process called the nitrogen cycle. This video explores two pieces of the cycle - immobilization and mineralization. More
Diverse crop rotations at Rock Springs research site
Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems Research Tour - Workshops Workshops
Learn about innovative practices for managing crops, nutrients, pests, and beneficial insects on dairy farms More
Potassium deficiency in soybeans. Photo credit: Del Voight, Penn State Extension
Soybean and Corn Tissue Testing –Valuable Aid in Managing Hidden Hunger in Crops - Articles Articles
Tissue testing at critical crop growth stages can help fine-tune nutrient management and maximize yields. More
Northeast Industrial Hemp Twilight Tour
Northeast Industrial Hemp Twilight Tour - Workshops Workshops
Join us at Brown Hill Farms to look at and discuss their second year of industrial hemp production. More
Corn that shows symptoms of sulfur deficiencies in a wet field. J. Brackenrich.
Determining Additional Nitrogen in a Historic Rainfall Season - News News
With the increased amount of rain that we have experienced in this growing season, this article will help you understand the considerations necessary to accurately make in-season nitrogen applications to corn. More
Corn planted to avoid a wet spot in a field. Photo by: Marali Kalra, Penn State
Tools Available for In-season Nitrogen Management Decision Making - News News
With this year’s growing season off to a wet start, you may be wondering how to assess mid-season nitrogen availability to corn. More
Soil bacteria isolated from the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Penn State, Rock Springs, PA. Photo credit: Caylon Yates, Penn State Microbiome Manipulation Lab
Microbial Inoculants for Agricultural Soils – Potential and Challenges - Articles Articles
Researchers from the Penn State Microbiome Manipulation Lab are interested in the effects of plant-associated microbiomes on crop productivity. More
Repairing ephemeral gullies is a responsibility of farmers. Make sure that they don’t re-appear by increasing infiltration in the entire field, and by stabilizing the area that is currently a gully. Photo: Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State University
Protecting Your Fields From More of the Same - News News
After last year’s gully washers some farmers are digging up soil from bottomlands to fill in the washed-out soil. But is care taken to avoid this from happening again? More
Soil conditions may not be fit to be in the field with your equipment without causing undesirable soil compaction. Photo: S. Duiker.
Soil Compaction Threat is High This Spring - News News
With the warm weather, it is tempting to get into the field, but soil conditions may not be fit to be on it without causing undesirable soil compaction. What can you do to avoid causing soil compaction? More
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