Ray the Soil Guy

Check out Ray the Soil Guy, appearing at the Chatham conference on February 5.

Cover Crop Plots

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VANTAGE embarked on a multi-species cover crop project in 2012, funded by Natural Resource Conservation Service – Conservation Innovation Grant.  Here are some photos taken today (click to enlarge). From left to right – rye, clover, rapeseed/turnip,  radish (long since winter killed); rye alone; & triticale, hairy vetch. Barley, crimson clover, hairy vetch, and radish …

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Soil health info from NRCS

NRCS has some great resources on improving soil health, in turn enhancing productivity and conservation. Click here to “hear directly from some of the nation’s leading  farmers to find out how they’re using soil health management systems to make their farms more profitable, productive and sustainable.”

Soil Quality Meeting

Farmers gathered around as NRCS staff discussed soils typical of Rockingham county cropland.

We hosted a very successful soil quality meeting last week at VANTAGE President Anthony Beery’s farm. Anthony dug a soil pit and we discussed improving soils through no-till practices. Anthony also discussed his experience with manure injection and planter set-up.

Couple of videos to beat the heat.

Here’s a fun video. Hope you enjoy. The second video offers a primer on vertical tillage, just to keep things professional around here!

Slug Treatment Prices

In order to follow up on yesterdays slug post, here are some approximate prices for both Deadline slug bait and Lannate. Deadline slug bait application at 10lb/acre = About $27 per acre Lannate application at 1.5 pints/acre = About $6 per acre

Slugs!

Slugs, no bait

Slugs are rampant in some areas this year. Here are two photos of a field, taken ten feet from one another; the first without slug bait, the second without. Bobby Clark and others have done a lot of work to find that Deadline slug bait is effective at 10 lbs/ac. Lannate was recently labeled for …

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March 6, 2012 – Great Turnout for 2012 VANTAGE Winter Conferences

With the help of many other partners, VANTAGE and Virginia Cooperative Extension hosted a series of very successful winter conferences on February 6, 7, and 8, 2012. Strategically located around the state, the meetings drew just under 500 overall participants hailing from all across Virginia and beyond. Focus on dairies in Rocky Mount, February 6 …

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