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Information on soil fertility and management of cover crops, including soil quality and conditions such as rill erosion, compaction and crusting. Tips on levels of potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen and limestone and nutrient management planning.
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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
Crops Conference - Conferences Conferences

Crops Conference

Multiple Options Available

From: $10.00

To: $20.00

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
Making Cover Crops Pay
Making Cover Crops Pay - Workshops Workshops

Making Cover Crops Pay

Multiple Options Available

Free
Interested in learning how cover crops can provide a positive return to your farm? Join us for this interactive workshop! 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
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
Triticale cover crop in the fall. Photo: Liz Bosak
Plant Cover Crops ASAP - Articles Articles

Plant Cover Crops ASAP

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

Cover crops are an important component of any cropping system. Planting them immediately after silage or grain harvest is key to success. 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
Rotating livestock frequently can help reduce pasture damage during wet seasons.
Preventing Pasture Damage During Prolonged Periods of Wet Weather - Articles Articles
Managing pastures during extended wet periods and after heavy rains can be a challenge. Steps to prevent further damage and repair existing damage are presented in the article. 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
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

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
Reaping the Benefits from Early-Fall Planted Cover Crops
Reaping the Benefits from Early-Fall Planted Cover Crops - Videos Videos

Reaping the Benefits from Early-Fall Planted Cover Crops

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Ray Weil, Sarah Hirsh

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Research showing the benefits of early-fall planted cover crops in the U.S. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region is explained. More
The Penn State Agronomy Guide
The Penn State Agronomy Guide - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

From: $15.00

To: $45.00

The Agronomy Guide provides comprehensive information on crop, soil, and pest management for farms of all sizes. More
Using Greenseeker NDVI Technology to Monitor Nitrogen in Cover Crops
Using Greenseeker NDVI Technology to Monitor Nitrogen in Cover Crops - Videos Videos
A video overview of using a handheld NDVI sensor to monitor cover crop biomass. 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
Figure 1. Cool-season perennials are the mainstay of pastured dairies in the Northeast. Credit: Sjoerd Duiker
No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm - Articles Articles

No-Till Annuals to Beat the Summer Slump on a Dairy Farm

乐动体育注册 Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Dave Wilson, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

This case study demonstrates how a grazing dairy farmer in southeastern Pennsylvania beats the summer slump with cool- and warm-season annuals established with no-till practices. More
Posts between the oat and annual strip create a fence between strips that are grazed and strips with grain crops. Photo by Sjoerd Duiker
Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm - Articles Articles

Integrating Grazing in No-Till Systems on a Grain Farm

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D.

The adoption of no-tillage systems in Pennsylvania creates opportunities to graze after harvest. This case study examines the integration of grazing and no-tillage on a grain farm. More
Figure 1: Well-managed perennial pasture can be a highly sustainable form of land use. Photo by Sjoerd Duiker
Plant Diversity to Extend the Grazing Season - Articles Articles

Plant Diversity to Extend the Grazing Season

Sjoerd Willem Duiker, Ph.D., CCA

This case study shows how a farmer in northwestern Pennsylvania is using annuals and perennials to expand his grazing season while managing for reduced inputs and improved soil health through integration of grazing and no-tillage. More
Wet soils this year have been highly susceptible to compaction and rut formation.
You've Got Ruts. Now What? - News News

You've Got Ruts. Now What?

10/31/2018

There’s still time this year to remedy harvest-induced soil compaction. More
Crimson clover and annual ryegrass.
Cover Crop Plot Tour - Workshops Workshops
See up and coming cover crop species during this field tour. More
Soil Health and Cover Crops Workshop
Soil Health and Cover Crops Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Pennsylvania farmers are invited to join us and hear from a variety of speakers and a farmer panel to learn how to incorporate cover crops into their farmland. More
Soil compaction threat during silage harvest is high this year. Image Credit: Mark Madden
Soil Compaction Threat is High - News News

Soil Compaction Threat is High

09/12/2018

After another prolonged period of rainfall, the soils across most of the commonwealth are again saturated. More
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