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.

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:  …

Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Dr. Heather Darby, Agronomic Specialist, UVM Extension Once again, I have seen increased Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NLB) pressure in our area.  I have seen severe damage in the river valleys where dense fog and heavy dews are common.  Northern leaf blight is a fungal disease found in humid climates wherever corn is grown. The …

Cereal Grain Testing Comes to the Green Mountains

University of Vermont Northwest Crops and Soils Team’s Grain Quality Laboratory is up and running!  The team headed up by Heather Darby, received funding through the Castanea Foundation located in Montpelier, Vermont and generous private donations to purchase a sophisticated machine to test the Falling Number of wheat, an internationally standardized method for sprout damage …

Crops & Soils Field Day

Thursday, August 5, 2010 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Borderview Farm 46 Line Rd, Alburgh, VT Click here to download a pdf version of the brochure. This year’s theme is Agricultural Innovations! Throughout the day we will highlight our many research projects that focus on sustainable cropping systems, fertility management, soil health, and integrated pest …

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