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The mission of the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team is to provide the best and most relevant cropping information, both research-based and experiential, delivered in the most practical and understandable ways to Vermont farmers.


2016 Events

Organic Grain Workshops
The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), King Arthur Flour (KAF), and Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) are collaborating to bring you some Organic Grain Workshops this summer. Click on the field day title to view the detailed information, including how to register.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Getting Started with Grains at Rogers Farmstead in Berlin, VT, 1pm to 3pm.
    The Rogers will discuss starting a farm business, sourcing equipment, and small grain productions and processing.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 2016 Grain Research Tour at Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT, 1pm to 4pm.
    Tour over 1,000 plots of wheat, barley, oats, heirlooms, and dry beans. See trials on evaluating biocontrol of head blight, organic weed control strategies, green manure underseeding, and winter barley planting date and fertility studies. Check out our new band seeder too!
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Organic Wheat Production and Processing in Quebec, Canada, 1pm to 3pm.
    Les Moulin des Cedres is a certified organic farm that grows grain, soy, and oil seed for market and Red Hen Bakery in Vermont. Receive a tour and hear a presentation on the methods and equipment required to produce a good quality wheat crop and explanation on how to transform the crop into nice, unique flour.
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    NEW – Industrial Hemp Research Page!

    We have recently launched our NEW Industrial Hemp Research Program — see our new web page dedicated to this work aimed at better understanding growing practices of this crop and evaluating its impacts on soil health. Please consider supporting our hemp research today!


    NEW – Cover Crops Page!

    Visit our new web page dedicated to our Cover Crop Research and Outreach.  There you will find recordings of our webinar series scheduled through May, research reports, guides & bulletins, videos & webinar recordings, and conference proceedings of no-till & cover crop symposia offered with the Champlain Valley Crops, Soils, and Pasture Team.


    2015 Research Reports

    Check out our Research page for new 2015 posted reports and past reports. Check back often as more will be added as they are completed.



    goCrop™ is available through goCrop™ is a nutrient management tool that helps you develop, implement, maintain and report on nutrient management planning on your farm. Please visit our goCrop™ program website for updated and contact information.


    2014 Program Highlights

    Our Program Highlights are a reflection of our work since the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program started in 2010 but with a particular focus on 2014. We are very thankful for the farmers, researchers, and others with whom we’ve partnered with to date — our program would not be as meaningful or as fun without you!

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    Learn More about Our Projects

    foragesFORAGES Forages are a staple of all livestock operations in Vermont. There are a wide variety of types that can be grown for feed in our area.  These include perennial grasses and legumes, as well as annual forage crops such as cereal grains, corn and other warm season grasses.  The type of forages farmers selects for their operations will be dependent upon the needs of their animals.  Our forage research and outreach program is focused on developing applied research and educational materials that assist producers with improving yields and growing high quality feed to improve herd health, soil quality and farm viability. Learn More… dotted-line-large grainsGRAINS Vermont farmers have been growing grains for animal feed on dairy farms for years. Our goal has been to give them the information they need to be able to grow higher yielding and quality grains. It is our hope that the information generated will result in the production of more nutritious feed for livestock and/or the ability for farmers to produce grains for human consumption. Learn More… dotted-line-large sunflowersOILSEEDS Oilseeds, such as sunflower and canola, are swiftly becoming a new diversifying crop for farming operations in Vermont.  Oil extracted from the oilseeds is being used for on-farm fuel production, and the leftover meal is pelleted and used as a high protein livestock feed.  Farmers are getting two bangs for their buck!  Alternatively, increasing numbers of farmers are growing the oil and selling a high value food grade culinary oil.  The goal of our program is to develop best practices for oilseed production in a temperate climate. Learn More... dotted-line-large hopsHOPS Hop production was common throughout the Northeast in the 1800s. However, today most hop production occurs in the Pacific Northwest. Renewed interest and demand for local hops is breathing new life into an otherwise “historical” crop. To increase hop production in Vermont and the region, our program is developing an outreach and applied research program for hops. Public interest in sourcing local foods also extends into beverages, and organic brewing is on the rise in conjunction with the expanding organic market. Learn More… dotted-line-large soils-nutrient-managementSOIL HEALTH AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Soils are the foundation of all farming operations and are therefore critical to long term sustainability.  Healthy soils produce healthy crops and livestock, and are good for the environment.  Our program works to develop farmer-friendly soil management tools.  In addition, our applied research works to develop practical strategies like reduced tillage, cover cropping and alternative manure incorporation that farmers can implement to benefit the environment and farm economics.  Our farmer nutrient management training curriculum is a one-of-a-kind, science-based, practical program developed specifically so farmers can create and implement their own nutrient management plan. Learn More… dotted-line-large cover-croppingORGANIC FARMING Organic farming is a prevalent sector in New England. Organic farming systems require special management considerations to produce high yields and quality. Our program works with organic producers to develop outreach materials and programs as well as on-farm research. Our organic research has focused on annual crop production, both variety selection and agronomic practice evaluations, such as specialized tillage and roller crimping. Learn More… dotted-line-large

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