University of Vermont

Crops and Soils Field Day Slated For July 24 in Alburgh

Alburgh--The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program will host its annual Crops and Soils Field Day in Alburgh on July 24. The theme for this year's event is "Feeding the Soils, the Plants and the Community."

The field day, which will take place at the Borderview Research Farm (146 Line Rd.) from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., provides an opportunity for farmers to learn about the latest UVM Extension research and developments involving perennial grass varieties, pod-irrigation systems, cover crop mixtures and interseeding, winter forages, best grass varieties for feeding livestock, no-till cropping and manure injection, alternative fertilizers, oilseed varieties and flax weed control.

Registration is free for farmers, $25 per person for all others, and includes a barbecue lunch featuring local foods. Participants will receive Certified Crop Adviser credits.

Registrations will be accepted through July 21 at Or contact Susan Brouillette ( or Heather Darby ( at (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) or (802) 524-6501. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call Brouillette by July 14.

Farmers will have a guided farm tour at 10 a.m. sharp. Following lunch, three focused tours will be offered starting at 2 p.m. Participants also may visit the exhibit tent and the farm's various field research trials on their own during the day.

The hops tour, for individuals interested in learning more about growing hops in the Northeast, will focus on fertility and irrigation systems as well as pest management and other current research. In addition, local Vermont brewers will be on hand to discuss hop quality standards.

Farmers who select the grain tour will hear from the experts about growing grains for food-grade markets including which varieties of wheat, barley and oats are most suitable for northern New England. The tour also will feature information on UVM Extension grain-breeding projects and the latest research on control of head scab in wheat. Andrea and Christian Stanley of Valley Malt in Hadley, Mass., will provide information about malting grains.

The third tour focuses on soil health with an in-depth look at no-till, manure injection and cover crop projects. Frank Gibbs, a Natural Resources Conservation Service resource soil scientist from Ohio, will share strategies to evaluate and improve soil on cropland.

Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension agronomist, heads up the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program, which conducts crop and soil experiments on small grains, corn, wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, canola, perennial grasses and other crops at Borderview Research Farm. The farm is owned by Roger Rainville, who assists with the research projects including site preparation and seeding and harvesting of the plots, among other tasks.