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 2013 Corn Research Reports should be completed by December 20, 2013.
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- 2013 Brown Mid-Rib Corn Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Long Season Corn Silage Variety Trial (pdf)
- 2013 Short Season Corn Silage Variety Trial (pdf)
- 10/2013: Hops Quality Analysis can now be done at our UVM lab! At this time, we have one test available for Brewing Values (BV’s) which determines Alpha acids, Beta acids and Hop Storage Index (HSI). Click here for the Hops Analysis Submission Form to submit a sample.
- 9/19/2013: 2013 Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative Final Report: Factors Impacting Fatty Acid Concentrations in Annual Forages. View it here.
- 7/15/2013: The UVM Cereal Grain Quality Lab is open. Payment and a completed Cereal Submission Form must accompany all request sent in. Click here for the newly updated Cereal Submission Form or visit the Lab website for more information.
- 7/3/2013: Having had the wettest June on record, there are many fields that remain unplanted and others that will require replanting. Take a look at this article for forage options still available: Late Season Forage Plantings—Summer 2013. Curious why your corn is purple, purplish-red, yellow, white, or even striped?! Heather provides some info in this article: Recent Weather Brings Corn of Many Colors.
- Additional 2012 Reports and Executive Summaries
- 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
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.
2013 Aerial Seeding Cover Crop Project
Enjoy photos from our 2013 Aerial Seeding Cover Crop Project.
Enjoy photos from our 2013 Annual UVM Extension Crops and Soils Field Day, which was held on August 1, 2013.
Check out our 2012 research reports!
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…
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, 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...
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…
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 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…