Roll that Rye!
This article was first printed in the July/August 2010 issue of the Organic Broadcaster, published by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.
Organic farmers tend to be “early adopters” of agricultural practices that can enhance their soil and protect their natural resources. Rolling and crimping a rye or hairy vetch crop and planting soybeans or corn into that crop is one such practice that accomplishes these goals. On June 7, 2010, the Vernon County Conservation Department, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the UW Arlington Research Station, and MOSES combined their energies to put on an organic no-till planting demonstration at land managed by Ed Knoll just south of Sparta, WI. Thanks to Organic Valley and MOSA for providing refreshments.
Harriet Behar is the MOSES Outreach Specialist. She was an organic inspector and inspector trainer for many years and has an organic bedding plant and vegetable operation with her husband in Southwest WI.Return to TOP