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‘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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Managing for High Yielding, High-Quality, Low-Cost Crops

Daniel Hudson, UVM Extension Agronomist Feed is, by far, the greatest expense for dairy farms. The 2012 Northeast Dairy Farm Summary published by Yankee Farm Credit showed that on average, feed represented over 37% of total farm expenses, and labor … Continue reading

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