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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

Managing Farm Habitat Shows Promise in Cutworm Control

Summary

Project title: On-farm management of cutworms in organic no-till corn
Investigator: Jeffrey Moyer, Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, Kutztown, PA
Project location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Seed Increase Trials Lead to Release of Promising New Disease- Resistant Varieties

Summary

Investigator: Michael Mazourek, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Project location: Cornell University’s 30 acre certified organic Freeville Organic Research Farm, located 10 miles north of Cornell’s Ithaca, New York main campus.

Investigating the use of buckwheat strips to attract beneficial insects for the management of Colorado potato beetle

Summary

Investigator: Robert Hadad, Cornell Regional Vegetable Program, Lockport, NY
Project location: Four organic farms in upstate New York

Hops Show Potential as Complement to Orchard Systems: Adapting organic apple practices for Great Lakes Region organic hops production

Summary

Investigator: Matthew Grieshop, Assistant Professor of Organic Pest Management, Organic Pest Management Lab, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Project location: AlMar Orchards, Flushing, Michigan

The liberation of the Odairy archives

Summary

Coordinator: Ed Maltby, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA), Deerfield, Massachusetts
Stakeholders: U.S. organic dairy producers (and their cows)

Fungi, predatory mites and guardian plants for thrips IPM in organic greenhouse ornamentals

Summary

Investigator: Margaret Skinner, University of Vermont Entomology Research Lab, Burlington, VT
Project location: River Berry Farm, Fairfax, VT (certified organic since 1999)

This project focuses on thrips, one of the most important pests of organic greenhouse production nationally and a common reason why growers suspend organic practices in greenhouse ornamentals, fearing crop loss from this persistent virus-transmitting pest.

Enhancing insect pest management in organic systems using genotypically diverse cultivar mixtures

Summary

Coordinator: John Tooker, Pennsylvania State University
Project location: Russel Larson Agricultural Research Center, Rock Springs, PA

Searchable Library of Articles on Organic Growing

Summary

Coordinator: Jack Kittredge, Natural Organic Farming Association / Massachusetts, Barre, MA
Stakeholders: Beginning and hopeful farmers, farmers interested in converting to organic, and organic growers looking for a better way to deal with problems.

NOFA/Mass proposes to publish over 100 online searchable articles on 12 topics relating to organic production and marketing. The topics are:

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