The Organic Research Forum at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference features a Poster Gallery and a special track of workshops to bring current research directly to organic and sustainable farmers.
The Organic Research Forum is made possible by a generous grant from the Ceres Trust.
Jennifer Nelson, Research Forum Coordinator
Poster Topics from 2016 Organic Research Forum
Research Forum Judges: Jim Riddle (Ceres Trust), Brad Heins (UMN), Kathleen Delate (ISU), Ruth Genger (UW), Erin Silva (UW) and Jessica Shade (The Organic Center).
Forage Quality of Two Different Pasture Systems Incorporating Warm and Cool Season Forages for Grazing Organic Dairy Cattle
Kathryn Ruh, Brad Heins, James Paulson, University of Minnesota
(Kathryn Ruh’s topic will be covered in the May|June issue of the Organic Broadcaster).
Do Benefits from Cover Crops Vary by Species or Mixture Composition?
Ashley Holmes, Anthony Yannarell,
Sam Wortman, University of Illinois
The Influence of Organic and Conventional Production Systems on Breeding for Carrot Top Height
Charlene Grahn, Erin Silva, Philip Simon, University of Wisconsin – Madison
From the Organic Broadcaster:
Maize, commonly called corn, is an incredibly productive crop that works well in organic crop rotations in many parts of North America. Since the lax release of transgenic varieties of maize (corn carrying DNA from other species)…. Read more.
Milk production is directly related to dry matter intake, which is directly related to the amount of available dry matter in pasture. For cows grazing pasture to be productive…. Read more.
Organic farming is based on the understanding that soils are not just a place for plants to sit—they are complex living systems, home to an enormous diversity of organisms from the tiniest bacteria to earthworms and insects. Read more.
One of the biggest challenges for diversified vegetable growers, particularly those just starting their farm business, is determining their cost of production in order to set prices that ensure a profit. Read more.
Research at Iowa State University shows how no-till works in organic system
November | December 2015
No-till or reduced tillage has been proven to provide multiple environmental benefits on conventional farms, particularly in the area of soil conservation… Read More.
Farmers can grow a green manure crop between winter wheat harvest in July and corn planting the following May. Green manures are plants grown specifically…. Read more.
For those of us interested in grass-based agriculture, mob grazing is likely not a new concept. We’ve heard the mob-grazing gurus talk at conferences, read the articles…. Read more.
Gastrointestinal nematode parasitism is one of the greatest threats to economic sheep production in the United States. With increased incidences of anthelmintic resistance and constraints of organic production…. Read more.
Biodegradable biobased mulch film was added to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic production in October 2014. Read more.
The potato is an important staple food—globally the fourth largest food crop after maize, wheat and rice. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
Rotary hoeing and in-row cultivation during the grain growing season help suppress weed populations. Read more.
Implementation of specific cover cropping strategies that cost-effectively capture benefits while minimizing challenges is easier said than done. Read more Read more.
Flame weeding has received renewed interest for its potential in not only organic, but also conventional cropping systems…. Read more.
Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region – 2015
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.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: Wake Up Before it is too Late
To feed the world and save our environment, experts reporting to the United Nations 2013 Conference on Trade and Development recommend reversing course from high input, unsustainable, modern production methods and adopting organic and agroecological farming practices. See report here.
Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin 2015
According to a report from the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the WI DATCP, Wisconsin leads the nation in organic dairy and beef production. The report notes that the state has 1,257 certified organic farms, making it the second largest state for organic farming—California is first. The report includes additional statistics about organic agriculture and research in the state, as well as narrative about opportunities and challenges facing the state’s organic farmers.
Protecting Organic Seed Integrity:
The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing
This manual from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association offers guidance on avoiding seed contamination and information about testing these at-risk crops: corn, soy, cotton, alfalfa, papaya, canola (Brassica rapa), sugarbeet, and squash (Cucurbita pepo).
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.