Northwest Crops and Soils Program to Host Field Day in Alburgh
- By Susan Jean Brouillette
Alburgh--A fifth-generation Ontario farmer will share his experiences with no-till and cover cropping at the eleventh annual Crops and Soils Field Day, July 26, at the Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh.
Blake Vince, who works with his father and uncle, produces corn, soybeans and winter wheat on 1,300 acres. Farmers will hear about his family's more than 30 years of no-till planting and the various ways they utilize cover crops for healthier soils and better yields.
The field day, sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, will provide an opportunity for farmers to view research trials, see new innovative equipment, participate in workshop sessions and visit the tasting tent to sample food products from local vendors and businesses. The day-long event runs from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m.
The cost, including lunch, is $10 for farmers, $25 non-farmers, payable by July 22. Certified Crop Adviser and water quality training education credits are available.
Registrations may be made online at www.regonline.com/2018cropsfieldday or by phone. Contact Susan Brouillette (ext. 432) or Heather Darby (ext. 437) at (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) or (802) 524-6501. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call Brouillette by July 12.
A guided tour of the research farm, located at 487 Line Road, begins promptly at 10 a.m. The site has more than 3,000 research plots where university researchers study cereal grain and soybean varieties; hemp, hops, milkweed and other new crops; reduced tillage in silage corn; and soil health for forages and various field crops.
Afternoon workshops will focus on perennial forage management, malt barley and hop quality, camera-guided weed control systems and pollinators. Participants also will have a chance to check out the latest in equipment.