Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide

Case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast and information on organic farming practices.
Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide - Guides and Publications
Pages: 246
Language: English
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This guide gives case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast, provides an introduction to the National Organic Program Standards, discusses maintaining organic integrity and how to budget for and market organic crops, and details organic farming practices. Organic farming information includes soil properties, health, and fertility; cover crops and crop rotations; grain crops and forages; and weed, insect, and disease pest management.

Who is this for?

Commercial growers who are interested in organic crop production

What will you learn?

The National Organic Program (NOP) standards; steps to certification; the roles of the certifier and the organic producer; keys to maintaining organic integrity; record keeping; soil physical properties, erosion, tillage, drainage, and management; soil health, biological properties, and fertility; the role of soil organisms; nutrient management in organic systems; cover crop purposes, mixtures, selection, management, use, and establishment; weed, insect, and disease management in organic systems; marketing organic crops; planning crop rotations; grain crops and their adaptations and uses, seed types and sources, management, harvesting, fertility, marketing, and pest management; forages and their management; and budgets for organic field crops

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