Organic Research Forum


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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.Ceres-1col


2016 Poster Session

Current research project highlights

Proof Positive: Research published in the Organic Broadcaster newspaper


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).

First Place:

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).
Kathryn Ruh






Second Place:

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







Third Place:

The Influence of Organic and Conventional Production Systems on Breeding for Carrot Top Height
Charlene Grahn, Erin Silva, Philip Simon, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Charlene Grahn







The Effectiveness of Abrasive Weed Management as an Alternative Weed management Technique
Emily Braun, University of Illinois

Sustaining Soil Quality with Adapted Strip Tillage for Organic Vegetable Production
Peyton Ginakes, Julie Grossman, University of Minnesota

Soil Aggregate Carbon Pools and Corresponding Soil Microbial Community Composition under Intensified Cover Cropping Strategies and Reduced Tillage in Organic Row Crop Systems of the Upper Midwest
Monica Daane, Erin Silva, Gregg Sanford, Lawrence Gary Oates,
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Collecting On-Farm Environmental Data: Towards Resilient Organic Vegetable Varieties
Virginia Moore,
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Participatory Vegetable Variety Trials for Organic Direct-Market Growers
Julie Dawson, Brian Emerson, Kitt Healy, Thomas Hickey, Terri Theisen,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Evauation of the CowVac for Controlling Flies on Minnesota Organic Dairy Farms
Myrrh-Anna Kienitz, Bradley Heins,
Roger Moon, University of Minnesota

Integrating Crops and Livestock in a Systems Approach to Enhance Organic Farm Stability, Safety and Resilience
Hannah Phillips, Bradley Heins, Paulo Pagliari, Kathleen Delate, Bob Turnbull, Angela Shaw, Jeff Moyer, Kristine Nichols, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, Rodale Institute

The Dirt at the End of the Tunnel: Improving Soil Health in High Tunnels through Cover Cropping
Liz Perkus and Julie Grossman, University of Minnesota

Production of Stable Flies (Stomoxys Calcitrans) from Straw Bedding Packs and Sawdust Compost Barns, Two Alternative Cold Winter Housing Systems for Dairy Cows
Anna Hansen, Roger Moon, Bradley Heins, Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota

Wild Bee Abundance and Diversity on Organic Vegetable Farms in Response to Landscape Factors
Kathryn Prince, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seasonal Changes in DM, CP, NDF, and NDF Digestibility of Pasture Forage in Dairy Grazing Production Systems in Minnesota
J.C. Paulson, B. J. Heins, D.G. Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Minnesota

Improving Conservation through Reduced Tillage and Cover-Crop-Based Rotations in Organic Production
Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University, Cindy Cambardella, USDA-ARS

Investigating Exclusion for Organic Management of Invasive Spotted Wing Drosophila Drosophila suzukii in Fall-Bearing Red Raspberries
Mary A. Rogers, Eric C. Burkness, William D. Hutchison, University of Minnesota

U.S. Consumer Preferences for Organic Processed Produce
Chengyan Yue, Shuoli Zhao, University of Minnesota

Hay Mulch and Mycorrhizae Inoculation Impacts on Organic Onion Performance
Dr. Greta Gramig, North Dakota State University, Pat Carr, Montana State University

Improving Germination Percentage of Yellow Table Beet Germplasm in Organic Conditions
Lynn Maher, Solveig Hanson, Dr. Irwin Goldman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Effects of Low Tunnel Plastic Type on Light Intensity and Quality in Organic, Day-Neutral Strawberry Production
Jared Rubinstein, Heidi Anderson,
Mary Rogers, Emily Hoover,
University of Minnesota

Compost Tea has No Effect on Leaf Chemistry or Soil Microbial Activity in Two Varieties of Organic Blueberry (Vaccinium Corymbosum)
Delaney Vail, Daniel Hernández,
Aaron Wills, Carleton College

Evaluation of Feeding Hydroponic Barley Fodder to Organic Dairy Cattle
Bradley Heins, James Paulson, University of Minnesota

Identify Predators Attacking Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, Egg Masses in Organic Agro-Ecosystems
Kristin Poley, Michigan State University

Rotation Effects of Edible Dry Beans and Soybeans in Organically Managed Systems
Claire Flavin, Dr. Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota


From the Organic Broadcaster:

Study looks at impact of warm season annual grasses for grazing organic dairy cows
May | June 2016

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, there must also be healthy pastures that provide adequate forage quality and biomass to feed them. Read more.


Experiment explores impact of amendments on soil microbial communities
March | April 2016

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.


Research documents labor efficiencies on organic diversified vegetable farms
January | February 2016

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 No-till soy early-season

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.


Research evaluates green manures as fertilizer in organic soybean-winter wheat-corn rotation
September | October 2015

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.


Research shows farmers use mob grazing for variety of benefits
July | August 2015

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.


Research shows organic fermented grape extract works as natural dewormer in lambs
May | June 2015

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.


Research shows biodegradable mulch film slow to degrade in field
March | April 2015

Biodegradable biobased mulch film was added to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic production in October 2014. Read more.


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.




Current Research

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.

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