Information on organic farming of vegetable crops, including certification, using organic nutrient sources and crop insurance options. Tips on no-till planting and potting media.
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By Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Tom L. Richard, Ph.D.
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By Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas Ford, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.
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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.
By Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.
We visited with Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg and Gabby Bedeian at Plowshare Produce, a certified organic farm located in McAlevys Fort in Huntingdon County.
It is easier to plant early spring vegetables after winter cover crops if you use low residue winter-killed crops.
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.
If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips.
Biological control of insects, mites and diseases has the potential to greatly expand the number of effective options in our pest management toolbox.
By Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Kathleen Ayers
Scouting in high tunnels should include both pest species as well as beneficial insects and natural enemies.
Organic production requires years of planning and research to benefit from the possible increase in selling prices.
This article outlines basic recipes for potting media and research on organic transplant production.
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.
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