Benefits of cover crops

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

More and more growers are planting cover crops to improve soil moisture, reduce erosion and maximize profits. Cover crops can include grasses, legumes and forbs planted for seasonal cover. Over time, using cover crops improves yields, organic matter and soil water conservation. This change is most noticable with diverse crop rotation. [Read more…]

Ten reasons not to grow tomatoes in high tunnels

This article was reprinted with permission from Penn State Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette.

Every good reason to grow tomatoes and other high return vegetables and small fruits in high tunnels has a compelling argument to counter it. These potential pitfalls of tunnel culture are seldom mentioned in the rush to put a high tunnel on every farm.

While there are many excellent reasons to grow tomatoes and other high dollar return vegetables and small fruit in high tunnels, there are some very compelling arguments against them too. These are seldom mentioned in the rush to put a tunnel on every farm. These are some of the more important negative aspects of tunnel culture. [Read more…]

The New England Dairy Conference

CN-MR-3-The New England 3by George Looby, DVM

Once again the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon, CT played host to the Annual Dairy Conference co-sponsored by the Department of Animal Science and UConn Extension at the University of Connecticut. There was a hint of spring in the air as close to 90 people registered to receive an update on what is new in udder health management and good milking procedures. Dr. Sheila Andrew, professor of animal science and extension dairy specialist, opened the conference with words of welcome. She then introduced speaker Tom Herremans who is the Udder Health Management Consultant for IBA. [Read more…]

GMO legislation is in Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee

CN-MR-3-GMO legislation 1by Bethany M. Dunbar

IRASBURG, VT — Farmers who don’t want to see a mandatory GMO labeling law passed in Vermont were encouraged recently to call Senator Dick Sears of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A law requiring labels on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food has passed the Vermont House and is under discussion in the Senate.

Dairy farmers at a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Orleans County Farm Bureau March 3 said they don’t see the point of banning GMOs. [Read more…]

New cover crop termination policy

CN-MR-1-New cover crop 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Cover crops are gaining popularity as a way to improve soils, drought resistance and cash crop yields. Grasses, legumes and forbs can be used as cover crops. To protect crop insurance eligibility, farmers must understand and carefully follow the NRCS Cover Crop Termination Guidelines including the termination periods. [Read more…]