Vermont farmers have been growing grains for animal feed on dairy farms for years.  Our goal is 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. 

Over the past few years, there has been increasing demand for locally grown grains of all types, including wheat, barley, oats, and more. Because Vermont has not been a hub for grain production since the 1800s, much of the local knowledge and infrastructure has been lost. Therefore, our team has been collaborating with the Northern Grain Growers Association to rebuild a grain industry in Vermont. Our goal is to give both commercial farmers and small scale homesteaders the research-based information they need to grow higher yielding and quality cereal grains as nutritious feed for livestock and/or grains for human consumption. In addition to our research and outreach program, our Cereal Grain Quality Testing Laboratory helps farmers assess and maintain the quality of their grains.

  • The NEEOGRAIN Virtual Crop Hour

    This offer of virtual webinars is being done in collaboration with ACORN, Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, and the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program.  The NEEOGRAIN Network is an organic grain initiative established to increase networking and collaboration among farmers throughout the northeastern US and eastern Canada. NEEOGRAIN stands for Northeast (U.S.) and Eastern (Canada) Organic Grain Network.

    April 6, 2018 – Exploring soil management for organic field crop producers with organic grain farmer Klaas Martens from Lakeview Organic Grain in Penn Yan, NY.  View webinar with Klaas Martens.

    April 20, 2018 – Soil Organic Matter Study and Best Practices webinar with Dr. Judith Nyiraneza.

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Other Projects

SMALL GRAINS

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.

MALTING BARLEY

We have been asked on many occasions by local brewers and distillers whether barley grown in Vermont could meet malting quality standards. Through the years, we have planted several research trials and varieties of winter and spring malting barley.  You can view reports from our Research Results page.

Research Results

Find results of our cereal grains and dry bean research trials from 2009 to present, including:

  • Variety trials for spring & winter wheats, malting barley, cereal rye, oats, dry beans, & flax;
  • Seeding rate & planting date trials;
  • Fungicide efficacy in spring wheat & malting barley;
  • Organic nitrogen topdressing of winter wheat;
  • Weed control in spring wheat & flax; and
  • Pest scouting reports.

NWCS Quality Testing Lab

We provide testing services for cereal grains, hops, and malting barley.