Corn as a Cover Crop

RMA recently made a one-time change that allows for more flexibility on insured acreage with a prevented planting claim, including use of corn as a cover crop on prevented planting acres, with use for silage allowed after September 1, if cover crop guidelines from local agricultural experts are followed.  This is in response to delayed […]

Crop Insurance Deadline

Crop Insurance Deadline for Fall-seeded Forages June 13, 2019 Vermont producers are reminded that the final date to apply for crop insurance coverage for fall-seeded forages for the 2020 crop is July 31. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing policies also have until July 31 to do so. Crop insurance coverage […]

Late Corn Planting

At this point in the season, it is important to make sure that crops planted in June and early July will have enough heat accumulation, measured in Growing Degree Days (GDDs), to reach maturity and provide adequate yields. This year we have seen fewer GDDs than average, and a wet spring has delayed corn planting. […]

Support our Industrial Hemp Program

We are excited to expand our field-based research and outreach program for Industrial Hemp, as well as develop a testing facility to further enhance our research capabilities! To date, we have gained a lot of hands-on experience and research information from the research trials we have implemented for hemp fiber, seed, and CBD production. Visit […]

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Crop Insurance

WHEN PLANTING GOES WRONG… Prevented Planting & Replant Provisions in the 2019 Crop Year. Crop insurance can help your farm recover from a crop failure. Did you know it can also help you manage risk at planting time? Most crop insurance policies include provisions that can compensate you if you are unable to plant or […]

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View webinar on Hemp Production 101

Learn about hemp production in Vermont facilitated and lecture with Heather Darby. For the first half, Stephanie Smith from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will talk about Vermont’s Hemp Program and describe the intersection between the state and the federal governments. The second half will dig into the agronomic aspects of hemp […]

Industrial Hemp No Trespassing Sign

We have been receiving request for the template of our UVM research trial Industrial Hemp No Trespassing signs (PDF template) as well as a JPG file format. We ordered ours a few years ago from Premier Signs & Graphics at 1651 St. Albans Road, Richford, VT 05476, 802-848-3151. Material options were coroplast, PVC, and maxmetal. […]

Addressing Winter Injury in Forage Fields

AGiven the long and harsh winter, many farmers are seeing winterkill and damage in their forage fields this spring. If you have yet to inspect your fields, now is the time to begin. Grasses and legumes are beginning to grow and signs of damage can be seen more easily seen at this time. Signs of […]

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Soybean Evaluations in Vermont

Soybean Evaluations in Vermont In the face of low milk prices, it is more important than ever for Vermont farmers to take stock of their operations to see where costs can be cut and efficiency increased. One aspect that cannot be overlooked is feed costs. The first step in reducing feed costs is making sure […]

Grass-fed dairy production webinars in December

There are 2 upcoming (free) webinars on grass-fed dairy production on December 11 and 12th hosted by eOrganic. Click on the links below to register to attend.   On the 11th, Kathy Sodor will speak on the use of molasses as an energy source https://articles.extension.org/pages/74734/molasses-as-the-primary-energy-source-for-grazing-dairy-cows   On the 12th, Heather Darby and Sarah Flack will […]