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

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Hopping and Milling About at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. Join us to talk about hops in the morning and tour the yards. UVM will bring along their Hopster 5P harvester as well. After lunch, we will talk about grains processing from field to flour. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Click here to register.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Conservation Farm Practices in the Bay at Bess View Farm in St. Albans Bay. Join NWCS, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Bessette’s at their Brady Farm site located at 70 Lord Road, Swanton to learn how farmers are applying conservation practices to improve water quality in the St. Albans Bay. The event is free, please register online at Bessviewfarmfieldday.eventbrite.com or call Susan at 802-524-6501.

Thursday, September 1, 2016 – Successfully Starting a Hop Yard at Homestead Hops in Starksboro, VT. Join us to learn about the investments, challenges, and experiences in starting a hop yard. Highlights include an irrigation pond, fertilizing and equipment (including air blast sprayer). No cost to attend, but please pre-register here.

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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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