When to test for Aflatoxins

In 2020, the University of Vermont E. E. Cummings Crop Quality Testing Laboratory expanded testing services to include assessment of grains for aflatoxin concentrations. Aflatoxins are fungal toxins. These carcinogenic compounds are produced by several different molds in the Aspergillus family. The FDA limit for human consumption for aflatoxins is 20 parts per billion (ppb). …

Manure Matters: Sustainable Dung Ecology (Dairy Webinar Series, UVM Extension NWCS)

Throughout February and March 2022, the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program will host the Dairy Webinar Series! The first of these webinars is on Friday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Manure Matters: Sustainable Dung Ecology with Bryony Sands of UVM. Bryony Sands is a postdoctoral research fellow studying the interactions …

Vermont Hemp Production Plan approved by USDA

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets’ Hemp Program received approval from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of the Vermont Hemp Production plan. The approved plan supports the Vermont Hemp Rules and governs registration, production, and compliance for hemp cultivation beginning in 2022. All grower registrants should …

The results are in! 2021 Conventional Soybean Variety Trial

Soybeans can be grown for human consumption, animal feed, and biodiesel production. As farmers look to reduce feed costs or diversify markets, soybean acreage across Vermont is increasing.  Local research is needed to identify varieties that are best adapted to this region. In an effort to support and expand the local soybean market throughout the northeast, …

The results are in! 2021 Organic Corn Silage Variety Trial

The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program conducted an organic silage corn variety trial in 2021 to provide unbiased performance comparisons of commercially available varieties. To determine varieties that are best suited to this production system and our region’s climate, we evaluated 14 commercially available organic corn silage varieties from 2 companies.  …

Vermont: Is Fiber Hemp the Future?

Written by Laura Sullivan, Founder of Pipedream Hempworks, Research Technician at the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program. This past growing season we at UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) planted 13 fiber and dual-purpose varieties of Hemp at Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh, Vermont as part of our Hemp fiber …

No-Till Training Webinar Series

In 2018, the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) team hosted a No-Till Training Program for Agricultural Technical Service Providers (TSP). This training was created to help foster a stronger working knowledge of no-till equipment, soil health, and technology used to make no-till systems successful, better enabling TSPs to support farms and farm operators …

The Importance of Yeast and Mold Testing in the Hemp Industry

Blog written by Mike Esposito, Lead Scientist, MCR Labs. Producing hemp in the Northeast comes with a unique set of challenges. Irregular weather patterns, large swings in temperature, and the ubiquitous nature of airborne yeast and mold spores coincide to create a perfect storm of microbiological problems for growers working hard all season to cultivate …

Meet the new Dairy Herd Management Technical Advisor!

My name is Whitney Hull, and I would like to introduce myself as the new UVM Extension Dairy Herd Management Technical Advisor, which is part of the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center. My role is to provide technical assistance to farms that have herd management related concerns. I have been working in the dairy industry …

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