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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The UVM Cereal Grain Testing Laboratory will be closing on March 15, 2014 so that we can prepare for the upcoming field season! If you have samples you would like analyzed before July, please send them to us by March 15th. Payment and a completed Cereal Submission Form must accompany all request sent in. Click here for the Cereal Submission Form or visit the Lab website for more information. The lab will reopen on July 1, 2014. Thank you!
The goCrop web application is now available through our goCrop marketing website at www.gocrop.com. goCrop is a nutrient management tool that helps you develop, implement, maintain and report on nutrient management planning on your farm. The goCrop mobile application allows you to view and update your farm information while you are working out in the field. Please visit our goCrop program website for updated and contact information.
2014 Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Vermont Technical College, Judd Gymnasium, Randolph Center, VT This year we will be looking at “resiliency” as a strategy to optimize and maintain soils and high quality forages on your organic dairy. Guest speakers include Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, staff ruminant nutritionist and veterinarian at Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Fred Magdoff, emeritus professor of UVM Department of Plant and Soil Science, and Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems. We will also have our farmer panel and annual research updates. View the conference brochure for more information. Visit www.uvm.edu/extension/organicdairy to register.
2014 10th Annual Grain Growers Conference “Grow it Here” Thursday, March 13, 2014 at The Essex Resort in Essex, VT We are excited to announce that Vermont’s own Jack Lazor – grain grower extraordinaire, co-owner of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, Vermont, and renowned author – will be this year’s keynote speaker! Some key topics will include dry beans, buck wheat, malting barley and much more! We will also have a Youth Education focus incorporating grains and baking into youth education. View the detailed brochure for conference details. If you would like to be a program sponsor or exhibitor, complete this form and return it by January 20, 2014. Visit www.uvm.edu/extension/grainconference to register.
Our 2013 Research Reports are almost completely done! See below.
- 2013 Organic Hop Variety Trial: Results from Year Three (pdf)
- 2013 Brown Mid-Rib Corn Population Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Brown Mid-Rib Corn Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Corn Interseeding Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Long Season Corn Silage Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Short Season Corn Silage Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Minimum Tillage Corn Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Vermont Organic Silage Corn Performance Trial Results (pdf)
- 2013 Forage Brassica Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Summer Annual Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Flax Planting Date Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Flax Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Flax Weed Control Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Heirloom Spring Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Heirloom Winter Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Oats Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 On-Farm Spring Wheat Breeding Trials (pdf)
- 2013 Organic Spring Wheat Seeding Rate Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Organic Spring Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Organic Winter Wheat Planting Date Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Organic Winter Wheat Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 HGM Black Bean Report (pdf)
- 2013 HGM and Potato Trial (pdf)
- 2013 National Sunflower Survey (pdf)
- 2013 Oilseed Meal and Sweet Corn Report (pdf)
- 2013 Sunflower Insect Monitoring Projects (IPM) Report (pdf)
- 2013 Sunflower Interseeding Report (pdf)
- 2013 Sunflower Planting Date Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Sunflower Reduced Tillage Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Sunflower Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Nutrient Dense Spray Report (pdf)
Soil Health and Nutrient Management
- An Evaluation to Determine the Feasibility of a Multi-Purpose Grain Processing Facility in Vermont
- Vermont Milled Grain Products Local Market Study Report, Executive Summary
- Improving and Increasing Technical Assistance to Vermont Grain and Hops Producers, Executive Summary
- Peer to Peer Networking to Grow a Viable Hops Industry in Vermont, Executive Summary
Enjoy photos from our 2013 Aerial Seeding Cover Crop Project.
FORAGES 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 forage the farmer selects for his or her operation 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… GRAINS 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… OILSEEDS 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 a few farmers are growing the oil and selling a high value food grade culinary oil. The goal of our Extension program is to develop best practices for oilseed production in a temperate climate. Learn More... HOPS 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, the UVM Extension Crops and Soils Team 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… SOIL 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 Extension program works to develop farmer friendly soil management tools. In addition our applied research, our program 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… ORGANIC 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…