Information on organic farming of cover crops, including certification and using organic nutrient sources. Tips on creating a weed management plan for an organic farm.
By Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Rebecca Champagne, William Curran
Strategies within cover crop-based, rotational no-till systems to build soil quality and reduce tillage frequency and intensity.
By Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Clair Keene, William Curran
Optimizing timing of hairy vetch and cereal rye rolling can prevent incomplete cover crop termination.
By Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Imtiaz Ahmad, Christina Voortman
Pest suppression is an important function of healthy soil. The effects of cover crops and soil characteristics on a beneficial fungus are being examined.
If winter manure spreading is absolutely unavoidable, follow these requirements to do it legally.
By Barbara Baraibar Padro Length11:33
Researchers describe the main findings of the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project at Penn State looking at cover crop mixtures that can provide multiple benefits.
By Barbara Baraibar Padro Length10:46
Farmers discuss what are the benefits and challenges of incorporating cover crop mixtures into their farming operations.
By Barbara Baraibar Padro Length5:59
Farmers discuss when they think cover crop mixtures can be cost effective in an organic crop grain rotation.
By Kristy Borrelli Length7:24
This presentation will help you to identify many useful resources and decide if organic certification is appropriate for your farm business.
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By Charles White, Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., William S. Curran, Ph.D. Pages246
Case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast and information on organic farming practices.
By Denise M. Finney, Ph.D.
Cover crops are important for recycling nitrogen and building long-term soil nitrogen reserves in soil organic matter (SOM).
Successful weed management can make or break a new organic farm. These steps will help you get the upper hand on weeds.
If you are going to spray it is important to use products with good efficacy in a way that makes them most likely to impact the pest of concern.
By Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN, Whitney DePowell, MPH, MCHES
The term "organic" refers to foods that have been farmed and produced according to the standards of the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP).
This article outlines basic recipes for potting media and research on organic transplant production.
By Lee Stivers, Tianna DuPont
In order to grow food with a minimum of external inputs, organic producers need to understand much about the biology of plants and ecological systems.
By Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.
Multi-peril crop insurance is a valuable risk management tool that allows farmers to insure against losses due to adverse weather conditions, price fluctuations, and unavoidable pests and diseases.