Free Field Day Focuses on Forages

WHITING – On Sept. 1, Richville Farms in Whiting, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Program, will host a field day on forages for farmers. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a free lunch.

Owner Kylie (Quesnel) Chittenden will discuss the farm’s practices for harvesting corn and options and opportunities for feeding a high forage diet. Participants will learn about corn harvest preparation, management and storage (packing the bunk) and cover crops and look at equipment including a kernel processor and grain drills.

In addition, dairy nutritionists Patrice Vincent and Kurt Cotanch will share tips and considerations for successfully feeding more homegrown forage. Vincent is a collaborating nutritionist from Quebec. Cotanch is a dairy nutrition consultant with Barn Swallow Consulting in Underhill.

Registration is required by August 29. Farmers may register online at or by contacting Susan Brouillette at or (802) 524-6501, ext. 432. Two Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets water quality credits and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credit hours are available. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Brouillette by August 24.