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.


2016 Events

Webinar SeriesCoffee Break for Cover Crops. Join us for five (5) 30-minute (9 to 9:30am) webinars on cover cropping – 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25. Free webinars with the opportunity to win a free cup of joe! Register at

Soil Aeration Field Day – In collaboration with Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders of the University of Vermont Northwest Crops & Soils Program, the Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) is hosting a Soil Aeration Field Day in Westfield, VT.

Soil Aeration Field Day, Tuesday, May 3rd, 11am to 2pm., Lunch Provided -
Join Jacques Couture; OCNRCD Manager, Sarah Damsell; UVM’s Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders; AerWay equipment representative, Eben Weil and other farmers for a field day focused on alternative manure application systems. We’ll discuss agronomics and nutrient management benefits, tips for use, equipment and learn about The Orleans County Conservation District aerator equipment rental program. Experience the AerWay machine to reduce compaction while increasing soil health and crop yields by improving water and nutrient filtration. We will have information on program resources and incentives payments available to you. Field day will be at Missisquoi Valley Farm, 560 VT Rte 100, Westfield, VT. Please RSVP with Sarah Damsell at 334-6090 x118.

If you have general questions about soil aeration and using an aerator, feel free to contact our UVM Extension Office at 802-524-6501. Ask for Jeff Sanders, Heather Darby or Susan Brouillette.

We have just completed hosting our winter conferences and meetings – all with great success! We will start planning our summer and fall events soon. Check back to see when events have been scheduled. You can view the Conferences and Events page for more information.


NEW – Hop Equipment

Visit our new web page to view information on Hop Equipment such as the Hop Oast, Hop Harvester, and small-scale hop balers. To gain access to the actual plans, you will go to the FarmHack website. FarmHack is a community of farmers of all ages that share information in an open-source format embracing inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving equipment and things that break.


UVM Grains Testing Lab

The UVM Cereal Grain and Hops Quality Analysis Testing Laboratory tests for commercial grain and hop analysis. Visit the lab website for general lab information. When samples are submitted, please be sure to send along payment and completed sample submission forms. Cereal grain samples should use this Submission Form. Hop samples should use this Submission Form.


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.


Soil Health, Cover Crops, & Nutrient Management Planning

Find our latest information –including events, publications, and research results–on soil health, cover crops and nutrient management planning on our Soil Health and Nutrient Management Planning page.



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

We are proud to share with you our very first Program Highlights! The 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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Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond, we are excited about maintaining our current programs as well as starting new projects to respond to the feedback we’ve received from farmers and partners alike. To that end, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support our programming. Thanks!!

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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