Research Forum

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The last decade has produced amazing growth in the number of organic research projects at land-grant universities and private institutions. Through a Research Poster Gallery and a special track of workshops, the Organic Research Forum brings that research directly to organic farmers at the MOSES Conference.


2015 MOSES Research Poster Gallery

Congratulations to the 2015 Organic Research Forum Poster Winners:

1st Place Winner
Introducing Winter-hardy Green Manures into Organic Soybean-Winter wheat-Corn Rotations:  Effects on Crop Yields and Weed Pressure
Katja Koehler-Cole, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln

2nd Place Winner
The Use of Organic Pinot Noir Grape Extract as a Natural Anthelmintic in Katahdin Lambs
Kimberly Cash, J.D. Caldwell, B.C. Shanks, A.L. Bax, L.S. Wilbers, H.L. Hilsenbeck, A.T. McKnelly, T.A. Drane, K.L. Basinger, J.K. Clark, and H.L. Bartimus, Lincoln University, H.D. Naumann, University of Missouri

3rd Place Winner
Yield Performance and Stability of Dry Edible Beans (P. vulgaris L.):
Recommendations for Minnesota Organic Production
Hannah R. Swegarden, Thomas E. Michaels, and Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota 

Benefits of Grazing Pigs on Areas Invaded by Exotic Bush
David Bane, Bane Family Meats, Sydney, IL, Dustin Kelly, Savanna Institute 

Implementing Cover Crop-based Reduced Tillage in Small Scale Organic Vegetable Production
Eric Bietila, Erin Silva, Jed Colquhoun, and Anne Pfeiffer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evaluation of an On-Farm Bio-Fertilizer Production System Using Cyanobacteria
Jessica Davis, H.N. Storteboom, R. Barminski, A. Sukor, P. Toonsiri, and N. Yoder, Colorado State University

Predators and Parasitoids of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Eggs in Organic Systems
Kristin Deroshia and Matt Grieshop, Michigan State University

Student Organic Seed Symposium
Claire Flavin and Hannah Swegarden, University of Minnesota, Lynn Maher, Solveig Hanson, and Claire Luby, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lisa Kissing Kucek, Cornell University 

Hairy Vetch: An Early-flowering Winter Hardy Cover Crop for Minnesota
Claire Flavin, University of Minnesota

Tomato Variety Trials for Flavor, Quality and Agronomic Performance
Kitt Healy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evaluation of Five Grains for Use in Fodder Systems for Organic Dairy Cattle
Bradley Heins and James Paulson, University of Minnesota WCROC

The Use of Double Nickel 55 WDG and Double Nickel LC Fungicide/Bactericides from Certis USA in Organic and IPM Based Plant Disease Programs for Fruit and Vegetable Production
Brett Highland, Certis USA 

Do Soil Health Benefits from Cover Crops Vary by Species or Mixture Composition?
Ashley Holmes, Anthony Yannarell, and Sam Wortman, University of Illinois

Quantifying N Mineralization of Green Manures on Sandy Soils
Kate Ivancic, and M. Ruark, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Using Mushrooms to Improve Poultry House Air Quality and Generate Profit
Eve Iversen, Iowa State University

Effects of Reduced Tillage and Split Fertilizer Application in Organic Broccoli and Pepper Production Systems
Dana Jokela and Ajay Nair, Iowa State University

Improving Soil Health and Increasing Rotation Options for Organic High Tunnel Vegetable Production
Lee D. Klossner and Paulo H. Pagliari, University of Minnesota SWROC

Enhancing Freedom to Operate for Plant Breeders and Farmers through Open Source Plant Breeding
Claire Luby, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Portable Cold-weather Goat Shelter Development and Testing
Cherrie Nolden, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evaluation of Annual Forage Crops for Cover Crop Forage in an Organic System
James Paulson, Brad Heins and Jill Sackett, University of Minnesota

MNDRIVE Winter Greenhouse Crop Organic Fertility Study
Elizabeth Perkus, John Erwin, Julie Grossman, Mary Rogers, Carl Rosen, and Joanne Slavin, University of Minnesota-St. Paul

Strawberry Fields Forever: Quadrupling the Harvest Season in the Upper Midwest
Andy Petran, University of Minnesota

Rhizobiome Responses to New Tomato Rootstock Systems
Raven Poudel, A. Jumpponen, M. Kennelly, C. Rivard, and K. Garrett, Kansas State University

Using Interplanted Cover Crops to Reduce Imported Cabbageworm (Pieris rapae) Damage on Organic Broccoli
Aimee L. Talbot, University of Minnesota

Evaluation of Carrot (Daucus carota L.) for Traits Related to Early Seedling Establishment and Canopy Growth at Different Planting Densities in Organic Systems
Sarah Turner and Philipp W. Simon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Constraints to Small Grain Productivity
David Weisberger, Iowa State University

Plant Species Composition and Soil Fertility Across Organic Dairies in the Upper Midwest
Chelsea Zegler and Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geoff Brink, USDA-ARS

Weed Suppression with Designed Compost Extracts
Gladis M. Zinati, Rae Moore, Jeff Moyer, and Kris Nichols, Rodale Institute


2015 MOSES Organic Research Forum Workshops

The MOSES Conference will highlight several workshops where researchers, and often the organic farmers that assisted, will present the findings and implications of their recent work. We have selected a broad range of agronomic, horticultural and livestock research projects for these workshops:

Does It Pay to Irrigate Pasture Here?
Presenters: Tom Kriegl, UW Center for Dairy Profitability and Paul Onan, Onan Dairy Farm

Many dairy and livestock operations use management intensive rotational grazing for controlling feed costs. Yet many believe the cost of irrigation can’t be justified for pasture. Considering that many pastures are dominated by grasses that are not drought tolerant, and we’ve seen a substantial increase in agricultural commodity and input prices since 2006, it’s worth looking at the economic feasibility of irrigating pasture in the Upper Midwest.

E.U. Organic Vegetable Production Innovations
Presenter: Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University

Explore innovations in organic vegetable systems in Italy, which has over 48,000 organic farms and an extensive support system (government, research, and private certification associations) to assist organic farmers in the transition and beyond. We’ll also discuss details on new roller-crimpers, vegetable varieties, and climate mitigation studies.

Managing Fire Blight without Antibiotics
Presenters: David Granatstein, Washington State University, Ken Johnson, Oregon State University, and Jessica Shade, Organic Center

Learn strategies and practices to control fire blight in apple and pear orchards without the use of antibiotics. Several new control materials are available for use by organic growers, but none appears as a stand-alone replacement for antibiotics. See how organic orchardists in Washington State have used a systems approach successfully to maintain compliance for export to the EU. We’ll cover sanitation, vigor control, sequence and timing of control materials, spray coverage, and varietal susceptibility.

Organic Pasture Management for Dairy Production
Presenters: Mark Renz and Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pastures—critical to organic dairy production—vary widely among farms in their composition and management. These factors, plus soil fertility practices, greatly influence pasture productivity and quality, impacting milk production. We’ll draw from a recently completed research project on 40 organic dairy pastures to show you how to prioritize management practices to improve pasture productivity and quality in the Upper Midwest.

Organic Potato Production: From Starts to Storage
Presenters: Ruth Genger and Doug Rouse, University of Wisconsin

Potatoes can be challenging to produce, but knowledge about crop needs and management options can help you achieve a bountiful harvest—and keep it longer in storage. We’ll cover sourcing and handling seed, fertility needs, managing pests and diseases, small-and large-scale equipment options, harvesting and storage. We’ll also discuss standard and specialty variety choices, continuing on-farm potato variety trialing projects in the Midwest, and possibilities for on-farm seed potato production.

Pest Management in Organic Grain Crops
Presenter: Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University

The majority of organic grain crops require little beyond native bio-control agents to keep pests in check. This workshop will focus on all the biological, cultural and organic-compliant treatments available to organic farmers. We’ll also look at research results and farmer experience to judge how effective these treatments are for maintaining a pest-suppressive organic grain system.

Practical Approaches and Research Studies with Swine
Presenter: Tom Frantzen, Frantzen Family Farms

This workshop combines decades of experience with the latest research results to give you practical information to improve your hog operation. Learn about the goals and personal values that guide Frantzen Farms, collaborated on-farm research, and other relevant research information with a focus on forages and grow finish diets.

Vermicomposting for the Cold Climate Farm
Presenter: John Biernbaum, MichiganState University

Vermicompost can be a reliable, affordable source of organic matter containing both soluble and stable nutrients for production of high-value transplant and hoophouse crops. It can be made from on farm or local resources that help close the food cycle loop. We will investigate vermicomposting variables for vigorous, vibrant vegetables, based on four years of hoophouse vermicomposting experience and research at Michigan State University.

Where’s the Beef in Animal Product Quality?
Presenter: Chuck Benbrook, Washington State University

How animals are fed and managed has profound effect on milk, meat, fish, and egg quality—which likely accounts for most of the differences in the nutritional value of organic versus conventionally raised animals. We’ll examine recent meta-analyses that link animal, fish, and human nutrition with health outcomes. You’ll find there’s a surprisingly deep body of evidence pointing to adverse nutritional impacts from conventional livestock and aquaculture systems.


The Organic Research Forum is funded through the generous support of The Ceres Foundation.


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