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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
Managing Double Cropped Winter Annual Small Grains and Corn Silage
Managing Double Cropped Winter Annual Small Grains and Corn Silage - Articles Articles

Managing Double Cropped Winter Annual Small Grains and Corn Silage

乐动体育注册 Heather Karsten, Ph.D.

There are multiple benefits and some challenges associated with double cropping winter annual small grain silages before or after corn silage in Pennsylvania and regions with similar growing seasons. 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
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
Wet soil are expected to be more common in the future in Pennsylvania – and farmers need to find ways to deal with that
Management of Wet Soils, Now and in the Future - News News
As we are experiencing this year, wet soil conditions will likely be more something we’ll have to deal with on a more regular basis. Which practices can help to prepare us for this future? More
Rodale Institute roller crimper. Image Credit: Jack Sherman
Farmer Survey on Conservation Practices - News News
Rodale Institute and Stroud Water Research Center want to hear from PA farmers about their use of conservation practices that may impact water quality. More
Figure 1. A tiger beetle species that can be found in Pennsylvania crop fields. Photo by Ian Grettenberger, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State.
Using Integrated Pest Management to Balance Soil Health and Insect Management - Articles Articles
Research Spotlight. Novel research is exploring how insecticides and fungicides influence soil health. 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
Liquid manure being injected into a field. Credit: L. Ressler.
Manure Incorporation in No-Till Cropping Systems - Articles Articles
Learn how manure incorporation and injection can change the way we manage our crops and nutrients. More
Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary
Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary - Articles Articles

Planting Green 101: Penn State Research Summary

乐动体育注册 Heidi Reed, Heather Karsten, Ph.D., John Tooker, Ph.D., Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

This article explains the “why” and “how” of planting green with corn and soybeans, including practical management recommendations based on results from 3 years of research across 5 locations in Pennsylvania. More
Blake Vince, no-till grain farmer from Ontario, showcases a latex cast of earthworm burrows, old root canals, and cracks and fissures from his soil with PSU Extension Educator Claire Coombs. Sjoerd Duiker.
Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference Showcases Cover Crop Innovations - News News
This Conference featured a wide variety of cover crop presentations and networking opportunities for farmers, industry, government and non-government organizations, extension and research. More
Organic bins and processing facility at Boyd Station. (Image Credit: Mary Barbercheck).
Boyd Station Serves Growing Market for Processed Organic Soybeans - News News
This Danville-area facility produces a variety of organic soybean products and offers incentives for farmers to transition to organic production. 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
Ponding in soybean field. Credit: Claire Coombs
Where Does the Water Go? - Articles Articles

Where Does the Water Go?

Claire Coombs

With all the rain in May and June, and higher than normal soil moisture levels, one can start to wonder where all the water could be going? More
Oats. Photo: E. Swackhamer
Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Considerations after Small Grain Harvest

乐动体育注册 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
Soil erosion is still taking its toll in Pennsylvania but can be addressed by using proper management
Eliminating Soil Erosion - Articles Articles

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: Zachary Larson, Penn State Extension
Planting Green Impacts on Corn Emergence - Articles Articles

Planting Green Impacts on Corn Emergence

乐动体育注册 Zachary Larson

Corn planted into standing un-rolled cover may show reduced yields due to lower populations and greater plant height variability. More
Farming for Success
Farming for Success - Workshops Workshops
Join us for an agronomic field day for farmers, industry representatives, and other agricultural professionals. More
A field must have greater than 25% crop residue cover or a cover crop to be eligible for winter manure spreading, along with other restrictions. Photo credit: Charlie White
The Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Manure Spreading - Articles Articles
If winter manure spreading is absolutely unavoidable, follow these requirements to do it legally. 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?

乐动体育注册 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
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: Jessica Williamson
Extending the Grazing Season Using Brassicas - News News
Brassicas can be an excellent alternative to perennial pastures and a good option available to extend the grazing season longer into the fall. More
Two of the most popular cover crops, crimson clover and cereal rye, grow together in a mix to help build soil health and control weeds. Photo credit: Annie Klodd.
Cover Crops Success is Encouraging to Farmers Nationwide - News News
Cover crop acreage is expected to rise across the U.S. due to the success of the practice mainly in improving soil health and other aspects of crop production. More
Dr. Greg Roth with ryegrass interseeded into corn.
Interseeding to Enhance and Extend Fall Grazing - News News
The greatest cost on grazing livestock enterprises is often stored and harvested feed costs. More
A crowd gathers at a farm in Clinton County to discuss opportunities for managing soil health and planting green.
Planting Green and Soil Health the Focus of June Field Day - News News
Planting green is a practice where cover crop termination is delayed until cash crop planting in order to extend soil health benefits longer into the season. More
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