Growing Pennsylvania Grains Project

The goal of our program is to conduct research studies to assess the adaptability of new crops for Pennsylvania grain production. We strive to assess potential varieties and management practices to help develop recommendations for producers interested in growing these crops. Our evaluations on small to medium scale are designed to help grain and crop growers avoid costly experimentation on the field scale.

Our work encompasses the range of grain crops grown in the state and includes corn, soybean, wheat, barley sorghum as well as some alternative crops such as malting barley, spelt, emmer, einkorn, sorghum and canola. Grain crops in Pennsylvania provide a foundation for the state’s growing livestock industry and also used in an increasing number of locally grown food markets for flour, whole grains, malt, and distilled beverages.

Our Focus areas include:

  • Variety testing
  • New crop adaptation and testing
  • Row Spacing
  • Plant populations
  • Planting Dates
  • Variety x management interaction

Our field lab is located at the Plant Pathology Farm complex at the Russell Larson Research Farm at Rock Springs.  We do much of our work there, but also have the capability to do on-farm studies at outlying stations.s