Online: Agriview, Reports from the Field, Crop Weather Report

High tunnel, photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS, NY

High tunnel, photo courtesy of USDA-NRCS, NY

It’s a busy time of year. But now, at the beginning of June, with a couple of really wet days, you might be having just a bit of a breather.  Here are a couple of interesting resources online that you may not be aware of.

  1. Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension, compiles ‘Reports from the Field.’ This appears in each issue of the VT Agency of Ag’s “Agriview.” Growers send in comments from Vermont and now from around New England. Topics include: winter kill, insects, frost damage, what varieties are performing well and poorly, and other observations. On Vern’s website, he also has a listing of Selected Newsletter for Vegetable and Berry Producers.
  2. USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service has Crop Weather Reports from around New England. While quite a few of the reports focus on forages and pasture, there are veg and berry reports. These are compiled every Monday morning through the growing season, and appear late on Monday or on Tuesday. You can ask for the report to be sent to you as a pdf file. The report includes temperature ranges, rainfall, and unusual situations and observations.
  3. Speaking of National Ag Stats in New England, their New England Fruits and Veg Report for 2014 includes acreage, yield and price information by state.

Hope you find something here useful, and that 2015 is a great growing year for you and your farm.

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About Dennis Kauppila

I work with farmers on finances. I started with UVM Extension in 1983, and have worked with hundreds of farmers on issues ranging from starting a farm, how to get a loan, leasing a farm, understanding farm finances, to retiring from farming. I teach 1 or 2 courses for farmers each winter. I am working with several farmers now on business plans, and I continue to work with many farmers on balance sheets and budgeting.
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