Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 30 Corn Nitrogen Update!

Everyone suspects that there has been a fair amount of leaching of soil nitrate from corn fields in the Northeast this year, but how much?  Since most of the corn is more than 12 inches tall, it is too late … Continue reading

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Managing to Optimize Your Corn Silage Yield After a Difficult Start

by Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Overview Excessive rain has likely caused significant leaching and/or denitrification in corn fields.  Recommendations generated by the pre-sidedress nitrate test (PSNT) are not nearly as useful in years when weather is as far from normal … Continue reading

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A Virtual Pasture/Plot Tour in Cabot, Vermont

The best time to see a set of forage variety plots is at about the least convenient time of year — right when dairy farmers are trying to take first cut and/or planting corn.  It is not uncommon for someone … Continue reading

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Italian Ryegrass as a Companion Crop and Cover Crop

By Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Click here to see this article in PDF form Challenges associated with establishment-year grass/legume seedings include low forage  yield, high weed yield, and soil erosion. To address these problems, farmers sometimes include a more … Continue reading

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Italian and Annual Ryegrasses in Northern Cropping systems

By Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Click here to see this article in PDF form Italian ryegrass is a vigorous biennial grass that is most often managed as an annual crop when used as a cover, companion, or forage crop … Continue reading

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