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Information on sustainable agriculture of cover crops, including crop rotation and conservation tillage, extending the grazing season and interseeding. Tips on soil compaction and using flowering cover crops for native pollinating bee conservation.
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Cover Crop Walk
Cover Crop Walk - Workshops Workshops
Cover Crop Walk is an in-the-field look at cover crop establishment demo plots - broadcasting small grain and legumes into standing second-crop soybeans. We will have a discussion with our host farmer with the opportunity to walk the demo plots and take measurements to evaluate the success of this method. Economic comparisons and up-to-date cover crop research results will be discussed. More
Cover Crop Field Day
Cover Crop Field Day - Workshops Workshops
This free field day will give expert instruction on cover crop research in field and vegetable cropping systems. 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 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
Liquid manure being injected into a field. Credit: L. Ressler.
Manure Incorporation in No-Till Cropping Systems - Articles Articles

Manure Incorporation in No-Till Cropping Systems

乐动体育注册 Leon Ressler

Learn how manure incorporation and injection can change the way we manage our crops and nutrients. More
Figure 1. Hairy vetch-triticale cover crop being rolled
Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations - Articles Articles

Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations

John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Barbara Baraibar Padro, Clair Keene, William Curran

Optimizing timing of hairy vetch and cereal rye rolling can prevent incomplete cover crop termination. 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
Crimson clover and annual ryegrass.
Cover Crop Plot Tour - Workshops Workshops
See up and coming cover crop species during this field tour. More
Figure 1. Wax moth larvae killed by Metarhizium infection. Metarhizium spores contact, germinate, infect, and ultimately kill insect pests. Photo credit: Nick Sloff, Penn State Department of Entomology
Managing a Beneficial Soil Fungus for Insect Control - Articles Articles

Managing a Beneficial Soil Fungus for Insect Control

乐动体育注册 Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Imtiaz Ahmad, Christina Voortman

Pest suppression is an important function of healthy soil. The effects of cover crops and soil characteristics on a beneficial fungus are being examined. 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
Cover Crop Mixtures: Choosing Species for a Mix
Cover Crop Mixtures: Choosing Species for a Mix - Videos Videos

Cover Crop Mixtures: Choosing Species for a Mix

乐动体育注册 Kristy Borrelli, Ph.D.

4:23

This video summarizes different crop functions and provides general tips for making a cover crop mixture. More
Cover Crop Mixtures: Calculating Seeding Rates
Cover Crop Mixtures: Calculating Seeding Rates - Videos Videos

Cover Crop Mixtures: Calculating Seeding Rates

Kristy Borrelli, Ph.D.

6:26

This video provides step-by-step instructions for calculating seeding rates when including multiple species in a cover crop mixture. 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
Cover Crop Interseeder: Potential for Injury from Corn Herbicides
Cover Crop Interseeder: Potential for Injury from Corn Herbicides - Articles Articles
Recent trials show that several shorter-lived residual corn herbicides can be used successfully with interseeded cover crops. More
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator
Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator - Videos Videos

Cover Crop Interseeder and Applicator

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

5:52

This system was designed to help establish cover crops in areas where cover crop establishment is not that feasible because of a late harvest and short season. More
Interseeded clover during midsummer under the corn canopy
Cover Crop Interseeder: Impacts on Corn Yield - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Interseeder: Impacts on Corn Yield

Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D., William S. Curran, Ph.D.

There is some concern about the impact of the cover crop on the corn. In most cases, though, we have observed that the corn is very competitive with the cover crop. More
Planting corn in an interseeded corn stubble field.
Cover Crop Interseeder: Improving the Success in Corn - Articles Articles

Cover Crop Interseeder: Improving the Success in Corn

William S. Curran, Ph.D., Gregory W. Roth, Ph.D.

Interseeding cover crops in corn is a promising management practice that could improve the adoption of cover crops where they have not been feasible before. 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
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