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Conservation Work Highlighted

Posted: June 21st, 2016 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Check out the new quarterly newsletter from UVM Extension highlighting work we have been doing here, with Heather Darby’s team (along with other great Extension programs).

“These changes have resulted in the reduction of soil and nutrient runoff from more than 27,763 acres of cropland and livestock production facilities. When including practices implemented since 2011, that number grows to an impressive 86,382 acres.”

140 FARMS
REDUCED THEIR
NUTRIENT RUNOFF
(JUST IN THE PAST YEAR!)
HOW DID THEY DO IT?
Nutrient Management Plans:
12,311 acres
Manure Management:
2,255 acres
Conservation Mulch Tillage:
1,547 Acres
Cover Crops:
8,590 Acres
No-Till Planting:
3,060 Acres

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Grazing School Coming To Pawlet

Posted: May 26th, 2016 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Cheryl Cesario has coordinated a ‘Grazing School’ event to be held Wednesday June 22nd, 2016.

Sarah Flack, a prominent grazing consultant in our area will lead a discussion at both Consider Bardwell and Wayward Goose Farms. There will be something for everyone and Sarah can tailor the conversation to the grazing level of the participants.

Topics covered will include:

  • Management Intensive Grazing (Intensive Discussion!)
  • Multi-Species Grazing
  • Small Scale Cheese Production Business Model
  • Animal Welfare Approved Certification

More Information Can Be Found Below:

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In the News and Around the Town

Posted: February 19th, 2016 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Lately we’ve been busy bees (particularly Kirsten Workman!) and have found ourselves on Across the Fence as well as NPR.

Here are some links where you can see and hear more about what we are up to!

http://digital.vpr.net/post/farmers-embrace-cover-crops-improve-soil-reduce-runoff#stream/0

 

 

 

3rd Annual No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium

Posted: January 5th, 2016 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

NTCC2016Join Us For This Great Event Full of Useful Information For Your Farm!

February 17th at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, VT

Registration is now open for this event. We have a day filled with guest speakers and professionals from around the state, country and also Quebec. Speakers will be addressing soil health, herbicides, cover crop research and demonstration trials, no-till successes and challenges, economics and soil conservation.

All the information about this event can be found on our 2016 Symposium Page.

You can register online here.

To view the pdf brochure of the event: NTCC Brochure 2016

We are still accepting sponsors! 2016 Sponsor and Exhibitor Form

Questions? Feel free to contact us! [802-388-4969, cvcrops@uvm.edu]

December 2015 Pasture Workshop

Posted: October 26th, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Irrigation and Tile Drainage: Tools For Pasture Productivity

When: Friday, December 4, 2015  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Bridport Community Hall, 52 Middle Rd, Bridport, VT

Cost: $20

More Information –> download our pdf: Irrigation and Tile with Pasture Flyer

Register Online By December 1st ——> www.regonline.com/irrigationonpasture

It often seems we either have too much water or not enough. We will be discussing how water management fits into pasture productivity. Irrigation specialist Jim Peeler of Charles W. Harris Irrigation will start the day with a session on design and implementation considerations, while farmers Tyler Webb and Earl Fournier will talk about how it has worked on their farms. Eric Young from the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY will update us on research in tile drainage systems for optimizing nutrient retention. This workshop will specifically be focused on how these topics apply to pastures, but we are also happy to have other farmers interested in these concepts attend.

Registration Questions? Contact Karen Gallott [802-388-4969 x 330, karen.gallott@uvm.edu]

Questions about the Topic? Contact Cheryl Cesario [802-388-4969 x 346, cheryl.cesario@uvm.edu]

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Fall Soil Health Workshop And Field Day

Posted: October 1st, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

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 Join Us as we discuss soil health, cover crops, no-till and more, share information from our research and demonstration trials, hear from farmers about their successes in Addison County, and welcome guest speaker Ray Archuleta.

 

 

 

Ray Archuleta is a Conservation Agronomist at the NRCS East National Technology Center, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ray teaches soil health and the principles of agroecology throughout

the country.  He has 25 years of experience with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in many different states, has also served in the Peace Corps, and holds a B.S. in Agricultural Biology.

When: October 28th, 2015. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Middlebury, VT. Begins at the American Legion; after lunch we will visit Foster Brother’s Farm.

Cost: Farmers attend and eat for FREE, but ONLY with registration. Others, $20, which includes a hot lunch.

— REGISTRATION WEBSITE  —     

www.regonline.com/soilhealthworkshop

For More Information:

Oct 28 Soil Health Field Day Flyer

Questions? Contact Karen Gallott at karen.gallot@uvm.edu or 802-388-4969 ext 330

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact UVM Extension by 10/07/15 at 802-388-4969 or toll-free in Vermont at 1-800-956-1125 so we may assist you.

 

What is your Watermark?

Posted: April 6th, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

A new, locally produced movie addresses water quality far and wide, and focuses on ways that different sectors of the community are working to conserve and protect water. There is a strong emphasis on Lake Champlain and phosphorus best management. Mount Mansfield Media has teamed with ‘The H-Team’ to produce this film.

You can check out the video on YoutTube here,

Or check out their website for more information on the project: http://whatsyourwatermark.com/

 

Spring 2015, Soil Health Field Day

Posted: March 18th, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

Soil Health Field Day Flyer_Hoorman 2015The snow is melting, the sap is flowing (hopefully), and the crew at CV Crops is dreaming of spring!

Join us for our Spring 2015 Soil Health Field Day

April 21st, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

We will be hosting Jim Hoorman, from Ohio State University Extension (PhD candidate and farmer), to discuss:SoilHealth

  • The Biology of Soil Compaction
  • Using Cover Crops to Keep Phosphorus Out of Surface Water
  • Economics of Cover Crops & Weed Suppression

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 (click on the picture above to view the pdf)

We will meet at the American Legion, have a hot lunch, and then head out to the field to visit Vander Wey’s Nea-Tocht Farm. If you are a farmer, you can attend this field day FOR FREE, due to the generous contributions of Caring Dairy and the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition.

Service professions are welcome to attend, there will be a $30 fee. Five CCA credits available from this event.

Either way, we request that you register.

You may do so by either calling us at (802) 388-4969, or by registering online: https://www.regonline.com/soilhealth

 

Recent Planter Clinic

Posted: March 17th, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

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Jeff Sanders Speaking About No-Till Corn Planter Maintenance.

Jeff Sanders Speaking About No-Till Corn Planter Maintenance.

Last week we held a corn planter clinic, with a focus on no-till equipment maintenance. Rico Balzano organized the event and Jeff Sanders (NW Soils and Crops Team) spoke to a crowd that included about 30 (+) farmers, and other agriculture professionals. It was a very successful event, with constructive discussion. The clinic benefited both those considering no-till and those doing regular maintenance or upgrades on their equipment.

Jeff Sanders highlighted many different parts of the no-till corn planter that should be looked at and maintained for optimum performance. He highlighted the importance in no-till for successful opening and closing of the seed slot, and that maintenance should be focused on those pieces. He discussed different options to achieve that objective, and what people have had the most success with in VT. Jeff also talked about the importance of a level planter, of proper depth, and of seed placement in the seed slot. Proper maintenance of the planter will prevent doubles and skips, and ensure the slot is V-shaped and not W-shaped. He recommends getting off the tractor and looking at what the planter is doing and ensuring that it is planting properly. Jeff also emphasized that weather conditions and soil moisture will affect how successful no-till planting is, and particularly that fields that are saturated may not seed well.

Missed the Clinic? Do not despair.

Check out the checklist fact-sheet which can be downloaded:

Fact Sheet_No-Till Planter Checklist_2015.

We will hopefully be holding more events in the future! In the mean time, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Rico Balzano can be reached at (802) 388-4969 ext 338

or rico.balzano@uvm.edu

New Across the Fence Video

Posted: March 16th, 2015 by Champlain Valley Crop, Soil and Pasture Team

The 2015 No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium was featured recently on Across the Fence!

The t.v. segment also features Kirsten Workman and Jeff Sanders discussing research, trials, and use of both cover crops and no-till in Vermont.

Check out the video HERE!

Interested in trying a new practice on your farm this coming year?  We are happy to help you determine the best fit for your farm!

Contact Us!

 

 

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