Matt Yancey

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Cover Crop Plots

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.

IMG_20130418_093003_212Barley, crimson clover, hairy vetch, and radish (long since winter killed)

Barley was sown next to an area left unplanted.  Below is a photo taken today followed by a photo taken two weeks ago.



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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.”

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Soil Quality Meeting

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.

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

Alfalfa roots follow earthworm tunnels, and corn roots follow alfalfa root channels.

Farmers getting down and dirty to get a close up of deep rooted alfalfa.

Extension staff drew attention to this no-till planter, which uses trash wheels up front to deal with residue, and a coulter in front of the double disc openers, to deal with difficult soil conditions.

This is what it’s all about! Farmers learning from each other, here talking about their own successes with no-till planting.

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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!

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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

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