Prep For Farm Weather Extremes

Aug. 1 Vermont Extension Field Day targets practices that help small-scale grain, hops, cover crops and pastures cope with weather extremes.

Published on: Jul 18, 2013

On Aug. 1, Northeast farmers are invited to trip to Alburgh, Vt., to learn about strategic farming practices for weather extremes. That's the focus of the University of Vermont Extension Crops and Soils Field Day, to be held at the Borderview Research Farm.

The field day offers an opportunity to learn about growing grains with demonstrations of specialized mini combines and small-scale drying and cleaning equipment. You can also view hop harvesting and storage equipment in the hopyard and hear about the new UVM new hop quality testing lab and growing cover crops, including how the latter impacts both pests and beneficial insects.

Learn about the latest research and developments in corn, small-scale grain and hops production; aerial cover crop seeding; pasture irrigation systems and more. Several demonstrations will be held throughout the day including use of a low-cost pod-line irrigation system for pastures and forages, aerial cover crop seeding by helicopter and seeding with Pennsylvania State University's new cover crop interseeder.

A BUILD-YOUR-OWN INTERSEEDER: This cover crop interseeder, built by Penn State Extension, successfully plants cover crop seeds in standing crops. Itll be at the Vermont field day.
A BUILD-YOUR-OWN INTERSEEDER: This cover crop interseeder, built by Penn State Extension, successfully plants cover crop seeds in standing crops. It'll be at the Vermont field day.

Field trial plot tours will feature opportunities and challenges of reduced tillage and vertical tillage. You'll have the chance to view a no-till drill, manure injector, corn planters, advanced aeration systems, strip tillers and other equipment.

Borderview Research Farm is located at 146 Line Road, Alburgh. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m. Tours of the farm's many field research trials start at 10 a.m.

Registration is free for farmers. Non-farmers are welcome to attend for a $20 fee. Lunch featuring local products will be provided.

To register online, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/fieldday. Or call Susan Brouillette (ext. 432) or Heather Darby (ext. 437) at the UVM Extension office in St. Albans at (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only), or (802) 524-6501. Participants can earn Certified Crop Adviser credits.

Register by July 26. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, call Brouillette by July 25.