Northwest Crops and Soils Program : University of Vermont

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Annual Crops & Soils Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT,  10am to 3:30pm. Our theme this year is “Eat It, Drink It, Feed It, Fuel It: Conducting Food System Research Crop by Crop.” View the Field Day Flyer for event details and Register Today! Join us at our annual field day for a tour throughout our research trials in the morning, enjoy a great catered lunch, and chose your afternoon sessions you wish to attend including visiting our hop yard, innovative equipment, or join a scouting tour. New this year is a Tasting Tent – where you can enjoy Vermont grown products from VT businesses. Become a sponsor for the event as well!

2016 Summer Organic Dairy Series – Together, NOFA-VT and UVM Extension are offering four on-farm workshops on organic dairy farms. View our Organic Dairy Series brochure for details and registration information. Dates and topics include:

  • 8/4/16, Integrating Irrigation into your Grazing System, Elysian Fields, Shoreham, VT
  • 8/16/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Franklin Farm, Guilford, VT
  • 8/17/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Bitter Sweet Valley Farm, East Fairfield, VT
  • 9/8/16, Organic Dairy – Infrastructure and Pasture Management, Deberville Dairy, Washington, VT 05675

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Summer Farm Meeting at Machia & Sons Dairy, Sheldon, VT. Join NWCS and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) at Machia & Sons Dairy to see and learn more about conservation tillage practices, centrifuge P removal system, FNLC tile P removal system project, and manure management. Register online at 2016summerfarmmeeting.eventbrite.com.

Save the Date flyer for upcoming on-farm Hop Field Days this summer.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Hops and Grains at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. Flyer and registration information to follow.

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Malting Barley Analysis Now Available!

Our Cereal Grain Testing Lab has now added malting barley analysis to our list of services, in addition to Cereal Grain Testing and Hop Analysis! For malting barley, we can test for test weight, grain moisture, dry matter protein, falling number, germination, plumpness and DON. Click here for the Malting Barley Submission Form and please follow instructions for submitting your samples with payment.

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Research Reports

Check out our Research page for all of our research reports from the 2015 growing season and beyond. We’ve published more than 40 research reports for the 2015 season alone!!

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goCrop

goCrop™ is available through www.gocrop.com. 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.

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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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