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NORTHWEST CROPS & SOILS NEWS BITS

Our 2012 SUMMER SERIES Events went very well and were largely attended. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the past 2012 Summer Series events.

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10/2012 – FARMERS URGED TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SANDY
A News Release from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) to help farmers prepare for the possible impacts of Hurricane Sandy or other possible tropical storms or hurricanes.

Doing Real Good from the Ground Up. “By pooling university resources in collaboration with farmers, we’re working to make growing systems sustainable and more profitable.” Stories.coop, 10/3/12.

October 15 – 18, 2012 – Soil Quality: Better Crops, Cleaner Water, Bigger Profits
This workshop is being offered by NRCS on three different dates. Click on the above link to view the brochure and to register to attend by October 10, 2012. Workshop highlights include: Identify and recognize soil quality characteristics, Learn the benefits of soil quality improvements to farms and the environment, See how enhanced soil quality improves water quality, and Learn how to implement practices to improve soil quality. The workshop will be lead by the NRCS National expert on soil quality, Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist from the East Region Technology Center in Greensboro, NC. FREE event with lunch provided! Bring boots and outdoor wear.

9/2012 – Aerial Cover Seeding Project


Recently, the University of Vermont Extension led an aerial cover crop seeding pilot project primarily in Northern Vermont. The cover crops were sown over ripening corn fields so that the plants were established before the corn was harvested. This process will help farmers lock nutrients into the soil and reduce potential erosion issues in the Lake Champlain watershed. Click here to see an article titled “UVM tests aerial planting of cover crops” for more information.

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Information on the Impact of Dry Weather on Corn Growth and Development
Click here for the article

8/27/12: 2012 Winter Wheat Variety Trial Results, Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT.

7/11/12: Cereal Grains Quality Testing Lab Now Open for Season
The Cereal Grains Quality Testing Lab is now open for the season (through December 2012). Click here for the sample submission form. It’s a big help to us when you include the submission form and payment with your grain sample, thanks!

6/2012: Western Bean Cutworm has been found in Vermont Cornfields.
Click here for more information on the Western Bean Cutworm

6/19/12: Cutworm Alert!
There is heavy cutworm damage in cornfields around the state right now. Click here for more information (pdf) from Dr. Heather Darby.

6/14/12: Armyworm Alert!
Armyworms have crossed the border into Vermont! Last week heavy populations of armyworm were reported in western New York and early this week we have observed significant damage to several corn and grass fields in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties of Vermont. For more information on scouting and control options, please contact Dr. Heather Darby at (802) 524-6501 or Dr. Sid Bosworth at (802) 656-0478 or Dana Hudson at (802) 751-8307 at the University of Vermont Extension. Click here for an article with more details.

 
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