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Outsmarting Quackgrass

Outsmarting Quackgrass

Quackgrass shoots and rhizomes. Silver dot is a quarter for size reference. Quackgrass, Elymus repens (L.) Gould, is a major problem in cropping systems across the United States and Canada. It is a persistent, perennial, cool-season weedy grass that has the unique ability to hide below the surface and suddenly invade an area. When you […]

Online: Agriview, Reports from the Field, Crop Weather Report

Online: Agriview, Reports from the Field, Crop Weather Report

High tunnel, photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS, NY It’s a busy time of year. But now, at the beginning of June, with a couple of really wet days, you might be having just a bit of a breather.  Here are a couple of interesting resources online that you may not be aware of. Vern Grubinger, UVM […]

Last Chance to NAP!

Last Chance to NAP!

But there is no time to nap!  It’s time to inquire about NAP, the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.  USDA Farm Service Agency offers this insurance program to producers of specialty crops.  Different coverage levels are available that cover certain portions of crop loss or prevented planting due to natural disasters. And did I mention […]

Crop Diversification…How many varities should I grow?

Crop Diversification…How many varities should I grow?

Jen Miller RAFFL New Farmer Program Coordinator Small farms, and new farms, tend to be extremely diverse in their enterprises, market outlets, and crop selections.  The number of different crops and the number of different varieties of each individual crop grown on any given farm can reach an impressive total.  And sure, crop diversity is […]

It’s a Great Time to Be a Farmer

It’s a Great Time to Be a Farmer

This week’s post is from Nancy LaRowe, Farmer-in-Residence at Vital Communities The resources and information available to farmers today is amazing! When I started farming, more than 20 years ago, the internet was in its infancy and agriculture was not considered a particularly respectable profession. These days, people are clamoring for healthy food raised by […]