Organic Research Forum

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Since 2008, we have highlighted the growing body of research on organic and sustainable farming practices at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Researchers, scientists, academic faculty, students and farmers present workshops and research posters that highlight new developments in organic and sustainable agriculture.


The Organic Research Forum is made possible by a generous grant from the Ceres Trust.


Proof Positive research from the Organic Broadcaster


Current Research

  • Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region – 2014
    Produced by the Ceres Trust, the report includes state-specific details about student organic farms; certified organic research land and animals; sources of organic research funding; dissemination of organic research results through field days and peer-reviewed journals; organic education efforts of nonprofit organizations; and other relevant information.
  • Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination
    Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) surveyed farmers in 17 states, finding that contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.


MOSES Organic Farming Conference

List of Upcoming 2015 Research Forum Workshops 

2015 Call for Posters 

2014 Organic Research Poster Gallery

The 2014 gallery featured 50 organic research projects, a 47% increase from 2013—which highlights the growing body of research on organic farming practices.

Comparative Assessment of Organic and Conventional Production of Row Crops under Climate Change: Empirical and Simulated Yield Variation in the Chippewa River Watershed, MN
Abdullah A. Jaradat, Jon Starr, and George Boody, USDA-ARS, Morris, MN

Trap Cropping: A Simple, Effective and Inexpensive Organic IPM Approach to Manage Cucumber Beetles and Squash Bugs in Cucurbit Crops
Jaime C. Piñero and Jacob Wilson, Lincoln University

Season Extension of Vegetable Production Using High Tunnels
Karen Gjelhaug, UW-River Falls

Effect of Variety, Fertilization and Crop Protection Protocols on Nutritional Quality of Potato
Tounis Abolgasem, E.J. Okello and C. Leifert, Newcastle University

Management Impacts on GHG Emissions and Yield Performance From Organic Soybean
Steven Easterby, University of Missouri, Newell R Kitchen, USDA-ARS, Robert J. Kremer, USDA-ARS, David Brent Myers, University of Missouri, Timothy M. Reinbott, University of Missouri

Implications of Agricultural Land-Use Change on Soil Organic Carbon in Western Wisconsin
Jabez Meulemans, UW-River Falls

Rear your Own Predatory Beetles: Rearing-Release Systems for Atheta coriaria
Joseph Tourtois and Matthew Grieshop, Michigan State University

Cover Crop Mixtures and how Functional Diversity Affects Cover Crop Biomass Production and Weed Suppression
Angela Tran, University of Nebraska

Agronomic Strategies for Efficient Production of Soy and Dry Beans in Organic Systems
Claire F. Flavin and Craig C. Sheaffer, University of Minnesota

Evaluation of Soil Quality in Vegetables Planted in Plastic Mulch vs. No-Till in Polyculture Cover Crop
Leslie Touzeau, University of Missouri-Columbia

Organic Production Opportunities with Meat Goats in Brush-invaded Landscapes
Cherrie Nolden, University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Harrington, Chair, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Katie Baumann, Nature’s Capital, ID, Julia Ela, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

System Strategies for Weed Control and Soil Building during the Transition Years to Organic Production
Kerry M. Clark, University of Missouri

The Winter Specialty Crop Production Project
Nahshon Bishop, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension

Effect of Organic Grain Supplementation on Production, Fatty Acid Profiles, and Profitability of Organic Dairy Cows
Bradley Heins, Marcia Endres, Roger Moon, and James Paulson, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center

Biodynamic Mead Making
Maggie Wachter, Senior Honey

Increasing Dietary Protein Day 1 to Day 7 Improves Performance of Freedom Ranger Broilers
David Bane, Bane Family Meats

Evaluation of Organic Soil Matter Testing Measures
Steve Culman, The Ohio State University

Modeling Impact of Feeding and Manure Management Strategies on Wisconsin Organic, Conventional and Grazing Farms to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
M. Dutreuil, M. Wattiaux, C. Hardie, R. Gildersleeve, and V.E. Cabrera, UW-Madison and UW Extension

Ecologically-based Management Improves Soil Health in an Organic Orchard Production System
Robert J. Kremer, USDA-ARS, Linda F. Hezel, Prairie Birthday Farm, and Kristen S. Veum, USDA-ARS

Evaluation of Different Winter Housing Systems for Effects of Animal Health and Economics of Organic Dairy Cows
Lucas S. Sjostrom and Bradley J. Heins, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center

Harnessing Farm Wildlife for Weed Management: Measuring Suppression by Rodents and Insects
Carmen Blubaugh & Ian Kaplan, Purdue University

Whole-Farm Management Strategies for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Brett Blaauw and Nielsen et al, Rutgers University

Sustainable Agriculture Project
Randel D. Hanson, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Stable Fly Production from Spring Debris Leftovers from Different Organic Dairy Cow Winter Housing Systems
Anna Hansen, Roger Moon, Bradley Heins, Marcia Endres, Craig Sheaffer, Ulrike Sorge, Robert King and Sharon Weyers, University of Minnesota

Organic Disease and Pest Management using Compost Teas
Don Comer and Annemiek Schilder, Michigan State University

Effect of Long-term Winter Rye Cover Crop Use to Sustain Soil Health in Corn System
Sowmya Surapur, Sieg Snapp and Rich Price, Michigan State University

Planting Flowers: Enhancing Beneficial Insects in Agricultural Crops
Thelma T. Heidel-Baker, Iowa State University

Effect of Feedstocks on Vermicompost to be used in Vegetable Production
Brooke Comer, John Biernbaum, Michigan State University

Vermicomposting in a Cold Climate
Brooke Comer, John Biernbaum, Michigan State University

Ridge Tillage Improves Spatial N Synchrony by Concentrating Organic Matter In-row
Dan Kane, Michigan State University

Amblyseius californicus (Phytoseiidae) Predatory Mites to Effectively Manage Spider Mites When Introduced in Conjunction with Ground Cover Crop in High Tunnel Raspberries
Paul Owen-Smith, Michigan State University

Grain Supplements for Grazing Organic Cattle Could Increase Face Fly and Horn Fly Populations
Roger Moon, Bradley Heins, Marcia Endres, and James Paulson, University of Minnesota, and West Central Research and Outreach Center

Mid-East Organic Corn Variety Trial, 2013
Jake Schmitz, Anthony Silvernail, Michael Bomford, Jon Cambron, Joni Nelson And Marlon Bascombe, Kentucky State University

Effects of Farm Scale on Land, Labor, and Energy Efficiency in Organic Crop Production
Michael Bomford, Jon Cambron, Joni Nelson, And Anthony Silvernail, Kentucky State University

Assessing the Nitrogen Credit of Radish as a Cover Crop
Megan Chawner, Matthew D. Ruark, James K. Stute, Michael Ballweg and Richard Proost, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Rhizobiome Responses to New Tomato Rootstock Systems
R. Poudel, A. Jumpponen, M. Kennelly, C. Rivard, L. Gomez-Montano, K. Garrett, Kansas State University

On-farm Evaluation of Heirloom Potato Varieties
Ruth Genger, Russell Groves, Shelley Jansky, Doug Rouse and Amy Charkowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Woodland Grazing Management and Incipient Study of Oak Savanna Silvopasture
Keefe Keeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Exploring the Impacts of Alternative Fumigation Practices on Soil Qualities and Vegetable Yields in the Upper Midwest
Aaron Yoder and Mathieu Ngouajio, Michigan State University

Soil Applications of Neem Oil Prior to Transplanting Could Protect Vegetable Transplants from Insect Damage
Paul Whitaker, Nick Murphy, Katie Cyr, and Alex Lange UW-Stevens Point and UW-Marathon County

Effects of Neem Oil and Azadirachtin on Northern and Southern Root Knot Nematodes in Tomato
James B. Kotcon, Swetha Doppalapudi, Susanna Wheeler and Courtney Rice, West Virginia University

Soil Microbial Networks in Organic vs. Conventional Vegetable Production: Comparing Long-term and Transient Communities through Soil RNA Analysis
Lorena Gomez-Montano, Ari Jumpponen, Megan Kennelly, and Karen A. Garrett, Kansas State University

Understanding Linked Socioeconomic and Biophysical Networks that Support Disease Management in Vegetatively-Propagated Crops
Karen A. Garrett, John Hernandez Nopsa, and Sara Thomas, Kansas State University

Who’s There and What are they Doing: Cover Crop and Fertilizer Effects on Bacterial Community Structure and Function in Organic Soil
Adria Fernandez, University of Minnesota

Management Alternatives for Organic Coffee Production
Mariangie Ramos, Yaniria Sánchez, Marisol Dávila and Olgaly Ramos, University of Puerto Rico

Grazing Strategies to Control Canada Thistle
Anders Gurda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Hermetia illucens, Black Soldier Fly, as a Composting Agent
Jason Matlock, Michigan State University

Potential Gain from Selection in Heirloom Dry Beans
Hannah R. Swegarden, and Thomas E. Michaels, University of Minnesota

Using Strip-tillage and Row Covers in Cucurbit Production
Jennifer Tillman, Iowa State University

Diverse Cover Crop Strategies for Improved Yield and Weed Suppression in Organic Cropping Systems for the Western Corn Belt
Kenneth J Roche’, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Advantages of Flame Weeding in Organic Corn and Soybean Production
Chris Bruening, George Gogos, Stevan Knezevic, and Lanny Nissen, Agricultural Flaming Innovations, Lincoln, Nebraska


From the Organic Broadcaster:

Research identifies potato varieties that do well on Midwest organic farms
January | February 2015

The potato is an important staple food—globally the fourth largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice.  Read more.


Integrated systems approach needed to control fire blight without antibiotics
November | December 2014

There is no cure for fire blight (FB), and there is no single “silver bullet” (including antibiotics) that will prevent FB infection. Successful non-antibiotic FB control combines….  Read more.


DCF 1.0Research moves forward on ‘organic-ready’ open-pollinated corn
September | October 2014

It has been known, at least since the 1950s, that popcorn cannot set seed if pollinated by yellow field corn. Another closely related plant called teosinte also shares….  Read more.


Research explores potential benefits of mixing cover crops
July | August 2014

The potential benefits of using cover crops are wide ranging and well documented. The potential benefits of using cover crop mixtures, however, have been less thoroughly explored. Read more.


Research looks to cover crops to alleviate soil compaction, suppress weeds
May | June 2014

Rotary hoeing and in-row cultivation during the grain growing season help suppress weed populations. Read more.


Campbell Cover CropsResearchers evaluate precision cover cropping
March | April 2014

Implementation of specific cover cropping strategies that cost-effectively capture benefits while minimizing challenges is easier said than done. Read more Read more.


211rowflamerResearch highlights best practices for propane-fueled flame weeding
January  |  February 2014

Flame weeding has received renewed interest for its potential in not only organic, but also conventional cropping systems…. Read more.


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