Author Archives: Daniel Hudson

About Daniel Hudson

Daniel is an agronomist for University of Vermont Extension in the areas of agriculture and nutrient management.

‘Free aluminum’ could be costing you thousands of dollars worth of lost crop yield and quality – each year!

Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Minerals containing aluminum are natural and abundant in the soil. Acidic soils increase ‘free aluminum’ levels, which bind soluble (plant-available) phosphate, can cause plant toxicity, and ultimately can significantly reduce crop yield and quality. Lime … Continue reading

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Take Time to do Your Soil Sampling Properly

Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Soil sampling can feel like a lowly task, especially when you have other urgent things to do, but your crop yields and forage quality depend on you having good information.  Getting good information depends on … Continue reading

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“Is Soil Sampling in the Spring as Good as Soil Sampling in the Fall?”

Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist While routine soil sampling in the fall is preferable, spring soil samples can still provide practical guidance for the upcoming cropping season.  As the parent material (originated from rock) and organic matter in the soil … Continue reading

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Probing for Essential Information

Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Have you ever felt like you should check some health metric, but didn’t want to face the possibility that the news might not be favorable?  If my cholesterol is high, they are going to put … Continue reading

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The Upside of Poor Spring Weather in Vermont?

The extra few days of lousy field conditions may actually serve to help some to get a few necessary things in order. Here are a few things that are new this year that all farmers should understand while there is … Continue reading

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Video: Reed canary grass seeded with and without a companion crop

Dairy producers are seldom ambivalent about reed canary grass as a forage species on their farm — they either love it or hate it.  Those who hate it generally have had difficulty getting it harvested at an acceptable level of … Continue reading

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Is This Corn Really Sulfur Deficient?

by Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist A farmer called several weeks ago and said that his corn was looking ‘striped.’ The agronomic jargon for this condition is ‘interveinal chlorosis.’ Indeed, it was faintly, yet distinctly exhibiting those symptoms. His theory … Continue reading

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