VCE AG Today

Join us every Thursday morning at 9:00 am via Zoom for the new VCE AG Today meeting.  We will have Extension Specialists and Industry Experts share timely topics for farmers.  Our goal is to keep these updates brief, record them for folks who can't join us on that day and time, and to make them relevant for you.  Podcasts (audio only) are posted below and YouTube video recordings can be found here:

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7_2QUVzrPXDpYsV2HY11CH8KBrluifyO   

Please contact Stephanie Romelczyk (sromelcz@vt.edu) for information on joining the meeting live.

 

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VCE AG Today - 2020

Robert Harper with the Virginia Farm Bureau Grain Division provides updates on the commodity market.  He also shares insights and suggestions on how to best develop and adjust your grain marketing plans for 2020, while taking into consideration the impacts that the COVID-19 situation has had on the market.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Wade Thomason, Extension Grains Specialist, and Dr. Sally Taylor, Extension Row Crop Entomologist, discuss timely topics related to small grain production including management of insects and diseases, as well as other relevant topics of fertility and management.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. John Bovay, Assistant Professor of Agriculture Economics at Virginia Tech, presents information on the CARES Act stimulus package with an emphasis on loan programs and other assistance for farmers.  In addition, Ken Upshaw from the Farm Service Agency gives a brief update on FSA programs.  

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Andrew Griffith and Dr. Charley Martinez from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Tennessee and Mike Carpenter and Morgan Croft from VDACS Livestock Services discuss the current livestock market and marketing options for cattlemen. 

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. David Holshouser, Extension Soybean Agronomist with Virginia Cooperative Extension speaks about early season soybean production considerations including variety selection and maturity groups, seed treatments, nematode management decisions, inoculants, and management decisions related to planting and weather.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Tom Kuhar, Extension Vegetable Entomologist, and Dr. Steve Rideout, Extension Vegetable Pathologist, discuss early season vegetable pest management and new product registrations, as well as understanding information in the commercial vegetable production guides.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Michael Flessner, Extension Weed Specialist, discusses weed control at burndown and weed management in corn, soybeans, and forages.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Alex White, Instructor at Virginia Tech in the Dairy Science Department, discusses farm management and making business decisions during weak markets.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

 

Farm Business Transition Workbook: HERE

Useful Spreadsheets for Financial Planning: HERE

Tremain Hatch with Virginia's Viticulture Extension team discusses grape yield impacts resulting from spring freeze events, possible frost/freeze prevention techniques, and other vineyard management updates.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Mark Reiter, Extension Soil Specialist, discusses fertility management in corn and soybeans, as well as current weather effects on corn nutrition.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Allison Goin, Emily Horsley, and Ashlee Dalton from the State Farm Service Agency provide details on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and procedures for application.  More information about the program can be found here: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Julie Shortridge, Extension Irrigation Specialist, shares her top three tips for row crops farmers with and without an irrigation system.  Relevant publications are available here: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/water.html

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Robert Harper with the Virginia Farm Bureau Grains Division discusses grain marketing decisions based on the June USDA Acreage Report that will be released on June 30.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Michael Flessner, Extension Weed Specialist, discusses in-season herbicide resistant weed management in soybeans.  In addition, he reviews recent over the top dicamba legislation and alternative herbicide options.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. David Langston, Extension Plant Pathologist and Director of the Tidewater AREC, and Dr. David Holshouser, Extension Soybean Agronomist, review common soybean diseases, timing fungicide sprays, and management options.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Liza Fleeson Trossbach, Program Manager of changes VDACS Office of Pesticide Services, gives updates on recertification dates for commercial and private applicators, modifications to registered technician testing requirements and in over the top dicamba registrations.  Daniel Frank and Rachel Parson provide updates on the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs website (www.vtpp.org) and possible recertification options in the fall..

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Sally Taylor, Extension Row Crop Entomologist, gives an update on the status of soybean insects and control options.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Keith Balderson with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides an update on cover crop planning for the fall.  He shares some research findings, as well as his experiences utilizing different cover crop species in grain crop systems.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Bobby Grisso, Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech, discusses preparing equipment to harvest crops, on-line tools for heat stress, and preparing a yield monitor.

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Tool

Grain Combine Yield Monitor Calibration

Publications by Dr. Bobby Grisso

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Katie Payne, Applied Forage Systems Specialist, provides tips for late summer pasture management, including choosing the right forage species and planting recommendations.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Carl Stafford, Animal Science Extension Agent in Culpeper County, and Tim Tobin of Swallow Hill Farm in Caroline County discuss strategies for increasing grazing days in Eastern Virginia.  Information about the Graze 300 program is also provided.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Wade Thomason, Extension Grains Specialist, and Paul Davis of Davis Produce in New Kent County discuss preparations to take for wheat planting this fall.  Topics include fertility, choosing the right variety and planting date changes due to shifting weather patterns.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Ken Hellevang, Extension Engineer and Professor at North Dakota State University, discusses bin management when drying and storing grain.

Grain Drying and Storage Resources (including the Fan Selection Program): https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/graindrying

 

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Michael Flessner, Extension Weed Specialist, discusses identifying the common Virginia pigweed species, including Palmer Amaranth, as well as management and control options for Palmer Amaranth in field crops.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Alex White, Instructor in the Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science, discusses the outlook of credit availability for 2021, as well as paperwork to prepare when meeting with your lender.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Dan Swafford, Program Associate with Virginia Cooperative Extension, reviews important farm safety tips and emphasizes the potential increased risk to children on the farm due to alternative school schedules.

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety: https://www.necasag.org/nationalfarmsafetyandhealthweek/

VCE Publications for Farm Health and Safety: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/tags.resource.html/pubs_ext_vt_edu:farm-health-safety

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Greg Evanylo, Professor and Extension Specialist, discusses the risks and safety of land-applied biosolids.  This presentation presents the latest state-of-the-science information on the safety of biosolids constituents of concern.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

David Kindig, Agriculture Nutrient Management Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, provides an update on Virginia nutrient management plans.  Nutrient Management Plans could become mandatory in 2025 based on whether water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay are met. David will discuss how to be prepared for 2025, if those water quality goals are not met.   

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Mark Reiter, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, and Seth Mullins, Nutrient Management Coordinator of Animal Waste with the Virginia DCR, discuss the agronomic uses of poultry litter and the Poultry Litter Transport Program.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Eric Day, Manager of the Virginia Tech Insect Identification Lab, and Mark Sutphin, ANR Extension Agent in Frederick County, give an update on the spotted lanternfly and the potential threat it poses for Virginia agriculture and horticulture.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Steve Rideout, Extension Vegetable Pathologist, and Dr. Tom Kuhar, Extension Vegetable Entomologist, give updates on fall vegetable pests, especially ones that have been problems this fall.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Robert Harper from the Virginia Farm Bureau Grains Division provides information on the basics of grain marketing, as well as some tips for successful marketing..

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE

Dr. Michael Flessner, Extension Weed Specialist, discusses the recent EPA approval of over-the-top dicamba products and the label changes applicators will need to follow.

Local and state representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Soil and Water Conservation Districts provide important program updates and deadlines that impact producers.  Be aware that many of these deadlines are approaching quickly or may have passed already.

Should you have trouble with this audio recording please see the transcript HERE