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  • Dairy Pipeline. January/February 2019 

    Owens, Connor; Cockrum, Rebecca; Martel, Cynthia (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-30)
    This issue has two articles. The first article focuses on criteria used in evaluation of fertility in dairy cows. The second article discusses how the Virginia Cooperative Extension program can help farmers.
  • Greenhouse Heater Checklist 

    Mullins, Chris (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-28)
    Provides a maintenance checklist for unit heaters or forced air heaters in greenhouses to ensure the system is in good repair, and operating condition, important for lessening the chance of ethylene exposure, reducing ...
  • Kudzu Bug, Megacopta cribraria, a pest of soybeans 

    Britt, Kadie; Taylor, Sally V. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-28)
    Discusses the kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria), its life cycle, damage to soybeans, and chemical, biological, and cultural means of control.
  • Specialty Muskmelons 

    Mullins, Chris (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-30)
    Describes a few muskmelon cultivars, and notes their textures, flavors, and sweetness, along with production and marketing issues.
  • Irrigation Scheduling in Humid Climates Using the Checkbook Method 

    Shortridge, Julie (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-30)
    Discusses the importance of irrigation planning and scheduling when and how much water to apply to fields.
  • Pest Management Guide, Field Crops, 2019 

    Flessner, Michael; Taylor, Sally V. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-31)
    Provides current information about field crops, and notes management practices for controlling weeds, pests, and diseases. There is also a section about protecting honeybees.
  • Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle in Virginia 

    Day, Eric R.; Pfeiffer, Douglas G.; Dellinger, Theresa A.; Sutphin, Mark; Melton, Linda (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-31)
    This document provides a brief description of the life cycle of the spotted lanternfly, along with pictures of egg masses, nymphs, and adults, plus a timeline of when these different life stages typically occur.
  • Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations, 2019 

    Arancibia, R. A.; Kuhar, Thomas Patrick, 1969-; Langston, David B.; Reiter, Mark S.; Rideout, Steven Lewis; Samtani, Jayesh; Strawn, Laura K.; Reiter, Scott; Doughty, Hélène (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-25)
    Provides current information for commercial vegetable growers to assist in choices about vegetable varieties, pesticides, equipment, irrigation, fertilizer, and cultural practices.
  • Phosphorus, Agriculture & the Environment 

    Mullins, Gregory Lee (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Discusses potential environmental impacts of phosphorus, the functions of phosphorus in plants and animals, and the soil phosphorus cycle. Notes methods for controlling phosphorus losses to surface waters.
  • Nitrogen Fertilization of Winter Barley: Principles and Recommendations 

    Alley, Marcus M., 1947-; Pridgen, Thomas H., 1957-; Brann, Daniel Edward, 1945-; Hammons, J. L.; Mulford, R. L. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Discusses the use of nitrogen fertilizers for winter barley, and makes recommendations for when and how much nitrogen fertilizer to use.
  • Sell Cut Flowers from Perennial Summer-flowering Bulbs 

    Hankins, Andrew G. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Describes several varieties of summer-flowering bulbs to sell as cut flowers. Discusses hardiness zones, and cultivation concerns for these bulbs.
  • Corn Planting Dates in the Virginia Coastal Plain: How early is early? 

    Alley, Marcus M., 1947-; Roygard, Jon; Brann, Daniel Edward, 1945- (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Discusses best times to plant corn at various locations in the coastal plain of Virginia.
  • Virginia Agritourism & Building Codes Review, 2018 

    Seibel, Megan M.; Walker Martha A. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-25)
    Discusses potential impact that building codes may have on farmers hosting agritourism events and programs.
  • Cotton Variety Testing and On-Farm Results, 2018 

    Frame, William Hunter, 1985-; White, Gail; Horton, David N. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Provides data about the cotton variety testing program, and evaluations of commercial and experimental varieties of cotton. Statistical analyses are included, as well as information on relative yield, fiber quality and more.
  • Express Yourself! Public Speaking and Presentations 

    Risdon, Penny (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-25)
    This 4-H publication will help participants develop a speech or presentation in a step-by-step process.
  • Welfare considerations for on-farm or backyard slaughter of poultry 

    Jacobs, Leonie (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-28)
    Discusses the slaughter of poultry in relation to animal welfare and humane methods.
  • Corn Planting Dates in the Piedmont and Valley Regions of Virginia: How early is early? 

    Alley, Marcus M., 1947-; Roygard, Jon; Brann, Daniel Edward, 1945- (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Discusses best times to plant corn at various locations in the piedmont, and ridge and valley regions of Virginia.
  • What do I need to know to sell Jams, Preserves, Jellies, and Fruit Butters at the farmers market? 

    Boyer, Renee Raiden; Eifert, Joell; Wells, Emily Pomfrey; Saunders, Thomas; Yang, Lily (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-24)
    Discusses the selling of jams, jellies, fruit butters, and preserves at farmers markets. Includes information about legal requirements on labeling and more.
  • Selection and Location of Poultry and Livestock Manure Storage Structures on Farms 

    Ogejo, Jactone Arogo (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-17)
    Discusses manure management systems for farm animals and poultry, how to store manures properly so that they can be used as fertilizers or for energy production.
  • Junior Master Food Volunteer Teen Mentor Hours Report 

    Chase, Melissa W. (Virginia Cooperative Extension, 2019-01-16)
    Time and travel log for Junior Master Food Volunteers

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