Thu, 02/23/2017 - 2:16pm
Rolling Down Cover CropsNO-TILL FARMER Originally developed in South America, over the last decade roller-crimpers have become more popular in the U.S. as more no-tillers add cover crops to their system. These photos show some of the rollers invented and how some no-tillers are using them on their operations. To learn more about rollers and crimpers, see the article “Rolling, Crimping Can Help No-Tillers Use Covers Better."Click for more information
Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:25am
Very warm late winter temperatures are quickly melting snow, warming soils and pushing perennials to break dormancy across the Midwest. The question now is ‘what will happen going forward in spring?’ This is at the forefront as people begin to plan spring field work activities. The new NOAA outlooks released last week did not provide a large amount of guidance for the spring. But there are a few details to be gathered from the range of outlooks and existing conditions.
First, despite the... more
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:29am
R.H. (Howard) Skinner, former Plant Physiologist with the USDA-ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, Pennsylvania, has been recognized as the first Northeast Climate Hub Distinguished Scholar.
Dr. Skinner recently retired from his research duties and serving as the Deputy Director of the Northeast Hub. His innovative research used micrometeorological and other approaches to examine the carbon dynamics of... more
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:50pm
NIFA Funding Opportunities: 1) Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP): conduct agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national or multi-state significance and 2) Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program: build community capacity through 4-H and tribal youth development, agriculture and natural resource management, and entrepreneurship and business development.
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:52pm
NOAA Funding Opportunity: Coastal Resilience Grant Program strengthening coastal communities and habitat restoration
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:29pm
Jeffrey Bloomquist, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Geographer, and former liaison to the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, was recently highlighted by FSA for his efforts to get the Agency certified “Weather-Ready.”
As a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) “Weather-Ready Nation” (WRN) Ambassador, Bloomquist worked with his county offices in Minnesota and several other FSA state geographic information system (GIS) specialists to improve their weather preparedness and develop important... more
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:33pm
How are Northeastern farmers surviving recent extreme weather? UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture partnered with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and produced three videos asking Northeast farmers just that.
Each farmer discusses how they’re experiencing and adapting to climate change. They discuss how cropping strategies, water management, and soil protection practices have increased their resilience to climate impacts and helped them continue to farm successfully. ... more
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:52pm
The USDA Northeast Climate Hub selected Cecarelli Farm in Northford, CT as the site for the first Hub automated weather station.
The century old, family-owned farm operates under the management and resourcefulness of Nelson Cecarelli and William Della Camara. Together, the duo grow produce and strawberries with integrity; they use sustainable deep zone tilling methods and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques to increase farm resiliency, maintain soil health, and reduce their need for... more
Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:05pm
Winter logging operations are more challenging in the recent warmer, shorter, and more variable winter conditions across New England.
Over time, it is likely that the duration of snowpack on the ground will decrease, and more logging will need to occur in the summer under conditions that often raise logging costs and increase the risk of damage to soils and the residual forest. The Vermont Land Trust implemented a summer timber sale on what would typically be “winter ground” to better... more
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:23pm
Plants respond to the warmth that accumulates over many days by breaking dormancy and starting to grow.
If this growth occurs too early in the year, a late season cold snap can do real harm. The effects of temperature on plants can be estimated by adding up growing degree day units, also called heat sums. In mid-February, heat sums were well ahead of normal in all of the southeastern US. West Virginia, Delaware, and parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania were feeling the early heat. Will this... more