Extension

The goal of our extension program is to critically evaluate and translate our research into a form that can be used by Pennsylvanians to improve their businesses and lives, and solve important problems related to food, health and the environment.

Plant Science Extension Expertise and Programs

Center for Plasticulture
Plasticulture is defined as the use of plastics in plant and animal agriculture. It is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it is worldwide in scope. These plastic products have numerous purposes. In short, plastics make agriculture more productive and efficient by cutting costs and saving time.
Consumer Horticulture
The Consumer Horticulture Center is a Penn State, Department of Plant Science effort to educate consumers in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania about horticulture and gardening-related topics.
Corn and Soybean Management
This site will keep you abreast of research and recommendations on these crops. You’ll also find links to many other good sources of information on corn and soybean management.
Cover Crops
Cover crops can play many important roles in cropping systems that are well recognized: preventing soil erosion, enhancing soil carbon, reducing drought stress, suppressing weeds, minimizing nutrient runoff and providing supplemental forage.
Forage Variety Trials
Our mission is to provide unbiased, comprehensive, accurate and assessable forage variety testing results to industry and producers. Although we specialize in alfalfa and cool season grasses for state variety trials we have the capacity to provide other types of forage related research.
Forages
The forage industry is the major agricultural enterprise in Pennsylvania and in the northeastern United States. Forages are the backbone of Pennsylvania's agriculture and rural economy.
Green Industry
Up-to-date information on all aspects of the green industry.
Herb Directory
Information on common herbs for cultivation and culinary purposes. Herbs are classified by their use - aromatic, cosmetic, culinary, decorative, dye, medicinal and ornamental.
Master Gardener Program
The Penn State University Master Gardener program was established to assist Extension in reaching the consumer horticulture audience.
Nutrient Management
This program provides a comprehensive source of information about Pennsylvania's Nutrient Management Act (Act 38, 2005) Program, and associated technical guidance and educational information. It also provides limited information concerning related programs.
Small Grains
This site is designed to keep you abreast of of research and recommendations on small grain crops.
Soil Management
This program provides information to manage agricultural soil for optimum crop yields and at the same time maintaining or improving the capacity of soil to provide essential ecosystem functions.
Sustainable Agriculture
Food and agricultural systems that are economically, environmentally, and socially sound, now and in the future.
Tree Fruit Production
Up-to-date resources pertaining to tree fruit production including news, publications, and fact sheets.
Turfgrass Management
The turfgrass industry is a critical component of the success of Penn State's turfgrass programs. Find out more about the interactions between Penn State and those in the turfgrass industry.
Vegetable and Small Fruit Production
Up-to-date information on vegetables and small fruits.
Weed Management
The agronomic weed science extension program at Penn State focuses on issues relating to herbicide use, weed biology and ecology, integrated pest management (IPM), cover crop use, and other issues pertaining to the management of weeds in corn, soybeans, forages, and small grains.