Avoiding Pests on Your Farm: EP34

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Elisabeth Hodgdon the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension to talk about managing pests on your farm.

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4:15 Crop Rotation

7:18 Exclusion

10:45 Mass Trapping

16:31 Resistant Varieties

19:37 Potato Scab

Lists of disease resistant vegetable varieties (various crops), by Meg McGrath, Cornell University

Mass trapping striped cucumber beetles, research and how-to instructions from Jaime Piñero (currently at UMass Extension):

Perimeter trap cropping for yellow and green summer squash, by Jude Boucher (formerly of UConn Extension)

Organic management of swede midge (PDF) by Elisabeth Hodgdon (Cornell University)

How to use banker plant systems (PDF) from the UVM Entomology Research Lab

Biocontrol resources from the NY State Integrated Pest Management Program

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MaterMacc’s Smaller Vegetable Planters from Market Farm Implement: EP33

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Dave from Market Farm Implement to talk about the MaterMacc vegetable seed planter.

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Improving Handwashing Stations: EP32

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we share a resource we put together on improving handwash stations. 

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Show Notes/Chapters

0:56 Introduction

1:55 Key Design Features

3:47 CDC Steps to handwashing

5:32 Mobile cart

10:00 Wooden Framed Unit

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DIY Motorized Root Washer for $200: EP31

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with John Hirsch of Clearfield Farm (clearfieldfarmvt.com) to talk about building a root washer out of a cheap cement mixer.

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1:38 Picking carrots

4:43 A walkthrough and demo of the machine

11:05 Conclusions and final thoughts

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MaterMacc Precision Planters from Market Farm Implement: EP30

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Dave from Market Farm Implement to talk about MaterMacc Precision Planters.

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Stories from Small Axe Farm: EP29

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with Evan Perkins and Heidi Choate of Small Axe Farm (https://smallaxefarm.com) to share some stories from their farming experience.

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Show Notes/Chapters

1:50 When did you feel most successful farming?

4:57 A story of challenge – Lots of physical work

9:22 Key factors that make farming sustainable for you.

11:55 How do you take time off mid season?

16:16 How to learn from others without internet?

18:43 What are you doing while listening to podcasts?

20:06 What are you looking forward to this next season?

  • Quick books
  • Packshed improvements
  • Efficiencies, like wheels

22:58 What other topics are you looking to know more about? 

  • Farm software like Harvie, Localine, barn2door,

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Spray Tables for Produce Farms: EP28

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we share a resource we put together highlighting different spray table materials that could be used on produce farms. 

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Plastic Tarp Usage – Techniques and Tips: EP27

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm.  In this episode, we visit with Evan Perkins of Small Axe Farm (https://smallaxefarm.com) to talk about how they use plastic sheet material (silage tarps and greenhouse plastic) on their no-till, hillside farm.

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1:58 How do you use tarps?

4:15 Using tarps for germination

6:41 Timing for germination techniques

10:52 Using tarps to kill (both black and clear)

  • Clear greenhouse plastic works quickly (just a day or two)
  • Follows with flame weeding

13:12 Expiration and durability of silage tarps

14:51 Storage of tarps

15:46 Ways we hold the tarps down – Sandbags

20:05 Tarping is a profit increasing practice

22:17 Adoption of this practice

24:07 Downsides of using tarps

“If somethings too much of a pain and causing you that much stress just find another way.”

Evan Perkins

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Spending Money on Equipment That Matters (Cheap Spreaders & Fancy Seeders): EP26

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we visit with John Hirsh of Clearfield Farm (clearfieldfarmvt.com) to talk about using cheap equipment where you can, and investing money on important equipment.

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John Uses this ATV spreader mounted on his cultivating tractor to as a cheap way spread fertilizer while he cultivates.

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Bins, Buckets, Baskets & Totes – Harvest Containers: EP25

The Ag Engineering podcast is a conversation with small scale fruit and vegetable farmers to discuss tools, tips or techniques to improve the sustainability of your farm. In this episode, we share a resource from our own blog about options when selecting harvest containers.

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All the links, photos and resources from this episode can be found in our blog Post.

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