Sign Up Today for the Annual Crops & Soils Field Day!

It is almost time for our Annual Crops & Soils Field Day (click to view flyer)!! WHEN:  Thursday, July 26th TIME: 10am to 3:30pm; registration starts at 9:15am WHERE: Borderview Research Farm, 487 Line Road, Alburgh, VT 05440 SIGN UP TODAY: Cost is $10 per farmer and $25 all others. Lunch included.   In […]

Armyworm Alert!

Armyworms were spotted in St. Johnsbury and Pawlet this week. Please don’t panic but do scout your corn and grass fields for armyworm caterpillars. True Armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta, are typically spotted each year on some acreage in Vermont — crops most affected are grasses including field corn, grass hay and pasture crops. It is important […]

2nd Annual Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference

Call for Presentations for 2nd Annual Conference of the Northeast Cover Crops Council (NECCC)  The second annual conference of the NECCC will be held in State College, PA, on November 15th, 2018, with a field day on the 16th. The organizing committee invites you to share your cover crop research or experiences during the conference. […]

2018 Annual Crops & Soils Field Day

Register now for the 11th Annual Crops & Soils Field Day on July 26th – Fifth generation Ontario farmer Blake Vince will share his experience with no-till and cover cropping. On their family farm, they produce corn, soybeans, and winter wheat on 1300 acres and have been no-till planting for more than 30 years. […]

Interested in Trying Cover Crop Interseeding?

The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crop and Soils Team recently received a grant to work with farmers to adopt cover crop interseeding.  Our team is seeking out interested farmers in the Champlain Valley and Northeast Kingdom to try interseeding this season. What is interseeding? Interseeding is a method of planting seeds in between rows […]

Be on the lookout for Powdery Mildew

Be on the lookout! Keep an eye on your cucurbits for powdery mildew!   Powdery mildew is a very common disease on cucurbits (cucumbers, zucchini, squash, melons). Powdery mildew is likely to first appear within a month and continue throughout the season. This video shows the identification, life cycle, and scouting technique, and describes biofungicide options […]

On the Lookout for Smut!

This season the NWCS team is interested in collecting smut infected grain heads with a goal of identifying all smut disease that are present in the Northeast. We are looking for farmers to notify us if they spot smut in their small grain fields. Smuts are one of the easiest grain diseases to spot in […]

Supporting our Industrial Hemp Research

We began our industrial hemp research program in 2016 with the help of program donations – thank you!  Interest in the crop and research-based guidance has continued to grow, and we need your help to keep this research project going.  Please view our Industrial Hemp web page – to see the research and current […]

Industrial Hemp updates

  Here are some quick Industrial Hemp updates –   Visit our Industrial Hemp web page to view the 2017 research reports as well as related articles –  We also have the presentation on Hemp production and processing that was given during our 2018 Grain Growers Conference – Growing and Processing Hemp (PDF) with […]

USDA Risk Management Agency information

February 13, 2018 REMINDER: Upcoming Sales Closing Dates RMA wants to remind producers about upcoming Sales Closing Dates for crop insurance coverage.  Sales closing dates vary by crop, state, and county, but in Vermont, most spring-planted crops have a sales closing date of March 15, 2018. The deadline for growers of nursery crops is May […]