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Measuring Active Carbon to Predict Seasonal Nitrate Mineralization on Organic Farms

Increasing organic matter in soils is one way to build soil heath. Cover cropping, compost, and manure additions increase soil organic matter and improve the soil’s ability to hold and supply nutrients, water, and air to plants and animals. Soil organic matter provides a bank of nutrients, including nitrogen, that are made available to plants through a process called mineralization.

Integrating Biological Control with Trap Crop Management in California Organic Strawberries

Summary

Investigator: Sean Swezey, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz
Project locations: Pacific Gold Farms, Watsonville, California

Off-season blackberry and raspberry production to expand markets and sustain farm profitability

Growing blackberries and raspberries in high tunnels increases yields.

Suppression of Pythium damping off with compost and vermicompost

Summary

Investigator: Eric B. Nelson, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Project location: Cornell University

Insect management tools for organic cranberry production in the Pacific Northwest

Summary

Investigator: Deborah Henderson, ES Cropconsult, Vancouver, British Columbia
Project locations: British Columbia and Oregon

Garlic Producer Closes In On Successful Weeding Strategies

Summary

Effectiveness and economic impact of weed control systems in organic garlic production

Investigator and project location: Susan Fluegel, Grey Duck Garlic, Moscow, Idaho

Measuring Small-scale Farm Success: A Florida Study

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The persistence of Florida’s small-scale organic farms in the face of growing demand for organic products

Investigator: Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Project location: Florida

Midwest Study Highlights Viability of Organic Certified Potato Seed Production

Summary

Investigator: Amy Charkowski, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project location: Wisconsin
Project stakeholders: Midwest organic potato producers

Effect of Compost Extracts on Organic Seed Germination and Reduction of Weed Seed Expression

Effect of Compost Extracts on Organic Seed Germination
Coordinator: Gladis Zinati, Ph.D., The Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA
Stakeholders: Organic farmers

Midwest Breeding Project Aims for Cold-Tolerant Sweet Corn

Summary

Investigator: William F. Tracy, Dept. of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin,
Madison, WI
Project locations: Wisconsin, Minnesota

Participatory plant breeding to improve sweet corn for organic farmers

In the upper Midwest, fresh market sweet corn is an important part of many diversified organic vegetable operations. Many organic farmers consider sweet corn crucial for attracting customers to their market stands or to their CSAs.

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