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400-page Penn State Agronomy Guide offers the latest recommendations on crop, pasture, soil and pest management and can be purchased online.

February 18, 2015

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Some things in agriculture never downsize. They may come in new forms, but never get smaller because agricultural technology is constantly growing.

That's true for the 2015-16 Penn State Agronomy Guide. Much of what you want to know about crop and soil management and pest management for farms of all sizes may be found in this comprehensive and nearly 400-page publication.

Up front are useful conversion tables for bushels and seeds per pound, useful weights and measures plus English and metrics. It's organized into two sections:

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•Part one covers crop and soil management, plus storing seed and grain and farm management and budgeting. Sections deal with corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, small grains, forages, non-traditional soil amendments, cover crops and organic crop production. It details proper sampling methods for soil tests and plant tissue analysis, characteristics of common cover crops, and conversion rates for different liming materials.

•Part two covers pest management, and includes recommendations for managing disease and insect pests in corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, small grains and forages.

The wire-bound book version was prepared by Penn State Extension specialists in agronomy, entomology, and plant pathology; USDA Pasture Laboratory staff; county Extension educators; seed, fertilizer, lime, and pesticide industry personnel; and representatives of state agricultural and environmental government agencies.

The hard copy version costs $25. The PDF version for computers costs $15. Or you can get the two bundled together for $35.

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Preview the guide by clicking on Download Sample PDF. Note: This is a small preview of the printed for-sale publication, not the publication in its entirety.

To order, click on Publications Distribution Center. Or call toll-free 877-345-0691 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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