Northern Piedmont Research Station

The Northern Piedmont Research Station conducts research on food and fiber systems, their impact on

Operating as usual

07/05/2022

Calling all 5-8 year olds! Cloverbud Camp will take place July 25-28! 9am-12pm. Cost is $35. Spaces are limited! Call or stop by today to reserve your spot!

03/05/2022

You won't want to miss the next VCE Ag Today
Soil Sampling for Nutrient Management with Mark Reiter
Thursday, May 5 @ 9am

Photos from OCHS FFA's post 28/04/2022

Photos from OCHS FFA's post

Photos from Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences's post 28/04/2022

Photos from Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences's post

23/04/2022

VCE AG Today

Photos from Northern Piedmont Research Station's post 23/04/2022

We had a wonderful Ag day yesterday! Perfect weather and perfect kids!

Photos from Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences's post 14/04/2022

Photos from Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences's post

05/04/2022

Join VCE AG Today as we discuss Cover Crops Benefits and Management
Thursday, April 7 @ 9am!

28/03/2022

The forecast across most of Virginia calls for a hard freeze the next three nights. Most of the wheat in the area is close to or at jointing, and could be impacted. This publication from Kansas State provides a look at the temperatures for which wheat is sensitive depending on growth stage.

Click here to read more: ⬇️

https://www.sunflower.k-state.edu/agronomy/docs/c646_Whole_Wheat_Freeze_Publication.pdf

27/03/2022

VCE AG Today

Photos from Northern Piedmont Research Station's post 26/03/2022

Re-flagged our Bee Friendly Forage test for the upcoming season.

21/03/2022

last week was perfect for our second Nitrogen application on small grains!

21/03/2022

Come join us for a look at our active research at the Southern Piedmont AREC on April 5th! Call 434-818-5545 to RSVP!

17/03/2022

Spring Annuals for Cover & Grazing

Matt Booher, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Do you have crop field that didn't get a cover crop planted last fall--or maybe it was planted too late and established poorly? Could you use some extra spring grazing or haylage? A spring annual planted now could provide quick protection from soil erosion and high-quality feed for your livestock this spring.

Common options include spring oats, spring barley, or spring triticale. Sometimes spring peas, annual ryegrass, or brassicas are also included to add some diversity. Its important to select spring varieties, because winter varieties may not vernalize and produce the tonnage desired.

About 50 lbs./acre of nitrogen should be applied at planting in order to ensure quick growth and good yields, even when legumes are included in the mix. If grazing the spring , much of this nitrogen can be recovered by the crop that follows--as long as you manage grazing to ensure that manure and urine are deposited relatively uniformly across the field.

Spring annuals can grow and mature relatively quickly, so, depending on your animal numbers, you may be able to start grazing as soon as 40 or 45 days after planting. If harvesting as haylage, the soft dough stage provides a good combination of yield and forage quality.

13/03/2022

For the first time in school history, Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball is your ACC Tournament champs!

Photos from Orange County Public Schools - Orange, Virginia's post 10/03/2022

Photos from Orange County Public Schools - Orange, Virginia's post

Seed mill research off to smashing start 13/02/2022

Seed mill research off to smashing start

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Are $18 Soybeans Possible? Here's Why Prices Could Shatter All-Time Highs 12/02/2022

Are $18 Soybeans Possible? Here's Why Prices Could Shatter All-Time Highs

Are $18 Soybeans Possible? Here's Why Prices Could Shatter All-Time Highs Brazil slashed its soybean forecast this week, while China's hunger for U.S. soybeans seems to be growing. And it led to soybean prices continuing to surge higher this week.

Virginia farmers reap record soybean yields 06/02/2022

Virginia farmers reap record soybean yields

Virginia farmers reap record soybean yields MECHANICSVILLE, VA — Virginia crop production boomed in 2021, though few commodities fared better than the state’s record-breaking soybean harvest. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service annual crop production report, Virginia soybean growers...

China's Corn Sale Cancellation Raises Many Questions 04/02/2022

China's Corn Sale Cancellation Raises Many Questions

China's Corn Sale Cancellation Raises Many Questions USDA's announcement Thursday that China canceled a previous purchase of 15 million bushels of U.S. corn raises a lot of questions as to what it might mean for corn prices.

29/01/2022

Please join us on February 10th to better understand your forage sample analysis.

Save white clover in pastures, but kill the weeds 20/01/2022

Save white clover in pastures, but kill the weeds

Save white clover in pastures, but kill the weeds MU research trials find Corteva’s ProClova herbicide works as promised: White clover and lespedeza survive.

08/01/2022

🌾 Calling all Virginia farmers with pastures 👉 The Virginia Cooperative Extension Graze 300 team is seeking input from farmers across the Commonwealth on perceptions and attitudes related to grazing practices. A short survey has been developed to gather information to evaluate various factors that influence farmers' attitudes toward adoption of rotational grazing. Findings of this study will help Extension better serve farmers statewide. The goal is to receive input from producers regardless of grazing management or type of grazing animals raised. No matter what or how you graze, we want to hear from you. The survey can be completed online at https://tinyurl.com/Graze300VT, or you can pick up a paper copy at your local Extension office.

The survey will be open through January 31, 2022. All information is kept strictly confidential. Please contact Scott Baker at the Bedford Extension Office, 540-586-7675, [email protected] for questions related to this survey.

07/01/2022

Cattle Improving Our Ecosystems

What is going on with fertilizer prices? 28/12/2021

What is going on with fertilizer prices?

What is going on with fertilizer prices? Farmers are faced with prices that won’t drop soon and a laundry list of new decisions to make.

17/12/2021

He has done it . . . AGAIN. World record corn grower (and Virginia farmer) David Hula has won the National Corn Yield Contest for 2021. Earlier this fall, we heard phenomenal reports about corn yields east of Richmond and Charles City County, Virginia grower David Hula really hit it out of the park with a winning yield of 602.1684 bushels per acre. This is not the first time Hula has won the national contest. In 2019, he set the world record with a yield of 616 bpa.

Complete report to follow. Congratulations David!

Complete results found here: https://www.ncga.com/get-involved/national-corn-yield-contest

3 prevalent wheat myths and how gluten factors in | AGDAILY 06/12/2021

3 prevalent wheat myths and how gluten factors in | AGDAILY

3 prevalent wheat myths and how gluten factors in | AGDAILY Hopefully the wheat myths that spread on social media will subside and unnecessarily restricting gluten will become a thing of the past.

Photos from Orange County 4-H (VA)'s post 24/11/2021

Photos from Orange County 4-H (VA)'s post

Happy Thanksgiving from Dean Alan Grant 23/11/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from Dean Alan Grant

Happy Thanksgiving from Dean Alan Grant

Meet The Soil Whisperer Still Uncovering Secrets Of The Soil at World's Third Oldest Continuous Research Farm 26/10/2021

Meet The Soil Whisperer Still Uncovering Secrets Of The Soil at World's Third Oldest Continuous Research Farm

Meet The Soil Whisperer Still Uncovering Secrets Of The Soil at World's Third Oldest Continuous Research Farm Sanborn Field is rooted in deep history. Started in 1888, it’s a historic landmark that’s far from a history museum as the research continues to reveal the keys to improving soil health.

Collaborative effort to raise awareness of soil health 25/10/2021

Collaborative effort to raise awareness of soil health

Collaborative effort to raise awareness of soil health 4 The Soil promotes four simple yet critical principles that are vital to healthy soil: keep the soil covered, minimize soil disturbance, maximize living roots, and energize with diversity. The campaign officially launched in June and continues to gain momentum, as well as partners and supporters.

01/10/2021

Wheat and other grains used to be grown widely in Southwest Virginia, and there's a new push to make that region the primary state source of specialty grains for Virginia’s craft beverage industry.

“This isn’t a huge industry. A few thousand acres of malting barley growing in Southwest Virginia would certainly supply the craft outfits in Southwest,” said state Extension specialist Wade Thomason. “It’s not one of those crops that’s going to take over and be hundreds and thousands of acres. It’s going to be an opportunity to make a little more money for some farmers.”

Read more from The Virginia Mercury 👉 bit.ly/VMGrain21

Photos from Northern Piedmont Research Station's post 16/09/2021

Grad student Jonathan kubesch harvesting and drying bee friendly forage plots

23/06/2021

It was a beautiful day to harvest wheat!

15/06/2021

Harvesting barley variety trials

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Corn harvest 2020
"You need to make time for maintenance or maintenance will make time for you"
Lucky to have such a beautiful day while combining barley

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