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.
On March 24, 2020, we had a Grain Growers Webinar (PDF), from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. It included the following two webinar presentations that you can now access to watch. Each are 1 hour or under.
Growing Rye for Flavor and Function (YouTube video available) with Aaron MacLeod of Hartwick College.
Cover Crop Based No-Till and Interseeding Techniques (YouTube video available) with Erin Silva from University of Wisconsin.
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.
Factsheets, Bulletins, & Guides
- Bake Testing of Vermont Grown Wheat (PDF)
- Dry Bean Disease Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- Dry Bean Sources (PDF)
- Fusarium Head Blight Alert (PDF)
- Grain Pest Cheat Sheet (PDF)
- Growing Organic Small Grains in the Northeast (PDF)
- Guide to Malting Barley Production in the Northeast (PDF)
- Learn How to Build Your Own Flour Mill and Sifter (PDF)
- Northeast Dry Bean Production Guide (PDF)
- Northeast Dry Bean Pest Guide (PDF)
- PLH in Dry Beans (PDF)
- Preliminary Results from our 2016 Winter Wheat Variety Trials (PDF)
- Top Ten Factors to Consider Before Growing Grains (PDF)
- Understanding Falling Number in Cereal Crops fact sheet (PDF)
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.
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.