Exploring New Ideas at Choiniere Family Farm

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:00 am- 3:00 pm 2465 Gore Rd, Highgate Center, VT The Choiniere family farm has been in operation since 1945. Currently they are milking 75 organic cows and have 40 replacement cows. The farm began organic production in 2005. The farm has a total of 250 acres with 75 acres being […]

Crops and Soils Field Day

Location: Borderview Farm, 46 Line Rd, Alburgh, VT Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011 Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm Download pdf version of brochure This year’s theme is Cultivating a Healthy Farm! From the ground up, we will highlight healthy soils, healthy crops and healthy people. Come and see over 2,000 research plots focusing on […]

Recent Rains Creates Stress on Crops

Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist Download pdf version of this article Recent intense rainfall events have caused flooding, ponding, and soil saturation in many of our corn and hay fields. What are the prospects for these crops? Corn Fields Corn planted nearly two weeks ago around the state is just now beginning to emerge […]

Excessive Rain has kept many farmers out of the fields

Having had the wettest spring on record there are many fields that still remain unplanted. Many farmers are asking about alternative forage options to secure enough feed for the year. Although prime time to plant corn has passed there are still options available to secure high quality forage for the winter months. Read more to […]

Evaluating and Managing Alfalfa Stands for Winter Injury

by Dr. Heather Darby UVM Extension Agronomist Many farmers have reported alfalfa fields that have been slow to green-up this spring. Having had a harsh winter it is highly likely that some forage fields have suffered from winter injury.  This article will present some options for managing and enhancing winter injured alfalfa stands. What causes […]

Prevented Planting Info for Crop Insurance

Excessive rainfall and flooding in Vermont during April could create locations where the prevented planting provisions of crop insurance policies may apply. Follow this link for a helpful fact sheet;Prevented Planting Insurance Provisions: Flood, which highlights the flood or excessive moisture prevented planting provisions for producers covered by crop insurance. Because conditions vary significantly between […]

No-till Planter Clinic

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:00am – 3:00pm Fournier’s Farm Equipment Rte 78 Swanton, VT Download a copy of the brochure here. – Learn how to convert a conventional planter to no-till and reduced tillage. – Renowned expert Joel Myers, long-time no-till farmer from Pennsylvania will be there to offer advice and help explain the tools […]

Farmer’s Meeting on Cover Cropping and Reduced Tillage

Sediment Abatement Project for Rock River and St.Albans Bay Friday, January 28th Swanton House of Pizza meeting room – Rt.78 downtown Swanton Village 10:30 am to 1 pm Agenda Slideshow and discussion of fall cover cropping activities -    Impact of seeding date on cover crop establishment in 2010 -    Spring termination of cover crop strategies […]

Start the New Year with the VT Organic Dairy Producer Workshop

Join us on January 13 for a day-long workshop including presentations by Heather; ARS animal scientist Kathy Soder; veterinarians William Barry of Brookfield, VTC’s Chris Dutton, and Hubert Karreman of Penn Dutch Cow Care; and The Organic Center’s Chuck Benbrook who will give a live webinar on the Shades of Green dairy farming calculator.

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Hops 101 and 201

Hi Folks, I sent out an email alerting readers to scholarships available for Gorst Valley Hops’s Hops 101 and 201 in Cooperstown, NY last week, only to be contacted by numerous people saying that they hadn’t received the email.  I’m not sure what happened in the ether of cyberspace, but allow me to reiterate here:  […]