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Resources

Discover a wealth of combined resources for learning about & advocating for soil health in Pennsylvania.

VIDEOS

Watch a wide range of video productions from local, state and national perspectives.

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Pennsylvania Farmer Testimonials

Other Productions

Penn State Extension

ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES

PENNSYLVANIA FARMER TESTIMONIALS

Healing Soil through No-Till

Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – No-Till Farmer

No-Till Pioneer on a Mission for Soil Health

Leroy Bupp, Bupplynn Farm (York County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Focusing on Profits, Not Yields

Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – Farm Progress

Planting into Living Covers

Lucas Criswell & Jim Hershey (Union & Lancaster Counties) – No-Till Farmer

Using Untreated Seed to Boost Beneficial Insects

Lucas Criswell, Criswell Acres (Union County) – No-Till Farmer

Farmer Profile: Dave Graybill

Dave Graybill, Red Sunset Farm (Juniata County) – Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Fine-Tuning Fertility for Top Yields

Dean James, Don Cotner Farms (Northumberland County) – No-Till Farmer

Connections Between Soil Health & Nutrition

Jennifer Montgomery & Greg Boulos, Blackberry Meadows Farm – Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

NRCS showcase

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County)

Mimicking Natural Systems

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – Dairy Herd

Harvesting Sunlight to Feed Soils

Jim Harbach, Schrack Farms (Clinton County) – No-Till Farmer

Planning and Research is Necessary for No-Till Success

Jim Hershey, Hershey Farms  (Lancaster County) – No-Till Farmer

60” Corn Rows Make Space for Cover Crops

Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – Farm Progress

Water In, Slugs Out, Inputs Down, Profits Up

Ben Peckman, Slate Ridge Farm (Franklin County) – No-Till Farmer

Feeding Worms, Microbial 'Livestock' Transforms No-Till Fields

Dave McLaughlin, Little Germany Farm (Perry County) - Cover Crop Strategies

Behind the Scenes with a Local Beef Farmer

Dave & Holly Albert, Misty Mountain Farms (Lycoming County) - Dirt to Dinner

ASSEMENT TOOLS AND RESOURCES

NRCS Cropland In-Field Soil Health Assessment 

 

NRCS Tech Note for cropland in-field assessment

 

NRCS Cropland In-Field Assessment video

NRCS Pasture Condition Score Sheet

 

NRCS Residue Evaluation

 

Maryland Soil Health Assessment

 

South Dakota Soil Health Assessment Card

 

Teacher's manual for understanding soil health and watershed function

 

Soil Health Indicators - quick photo reference

Estimating Soil Texture by Feel

Field Slump Test video

 

BIOLOGY

Symphony of the Soil movie

Soil Microbes Help Save Plant Growing Input Costs (Included in the library above)

Beneficial Insects (Included in the library above)

 

COVER CROPS

Cover Crop Periodic Table

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Steve Groff's Resources for Successful Cover Cropping (Training Binder)

Northeast Cover Crop Council - Cover Crop Decision Support Tools

NRCS Comprehensive Guide to Cover Crop Species Used in the Northeast

 

NATIONAL VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

Soil Carbon Cowboys (included in the library above)

The Living Soil (included in the library above)

The Science of Soil Health series by the USDA NRCS

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Soil Health in Field & Forage Crop Production (Higher Quality PDF or Faster Download PDF)

CBF Rainfall simulator video

Advancing Eco Agriculture webinars 

Advancing Eco Agriculture podcasts

Web Soil Survey – Custom Soil Maps & Reports

Getting Started with Web Soil Survey

Soil Health Demo by Leroy Bupp (PA No-Till Alliance)

Green Cover Seed - Custom cover crop mix calculator and webinars 

Green Cover Seed Resource Guide - sixth edition

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