Organic Research Forum

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The Organic Research Forum at the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference features a juried Poster Gallery and a special track of workshops to bring current research directly to organic and sustainable farmers. __________________________________________________________________________

Call-out for Organic Research Posters

Special Extended Deadline – January 9, 2019

The Organic Research Forum at the 2019 MOSES Conference Feb. 21-23 includes a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Research must be conducted in a certified organic system.

Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals related to the following topics:

  1. Organic fruit, vegetable and row crop production (including bio-fuels & fibers)
  2. Organic dairy production
  3. Economic and marketing research of organic products
  4. Organic livestock production and crop-livestock integration
  5. Organic insect and disease management
  6. Nutritional quality of organic foods
  7. Consumer and market trends for organic products

Space is limited to 25 posters. All accepted poster presenters receive full conference admission. Poster presenters are responsible for all lodging and travel costs. This is a juried poster session with awards for 1st through 3rd place.

What to submit:

Research abstract/summary (under 300 words) covering:

  • Study’s purpose
  • Experimental treatments used
  • Results obtained
  • Significance of findings
  • Conclusions and implications

Focus on the implications of the research and less on methodology.

How to submit:

Send summary in the body of an email or as a Microsoft Word-compatible attachment with your full contact information to Jennifer Nelson, Research Forum Coordinator,


Research published in the Organic Broadcaster newspaper



2018 Organic Research Forum Winners

The Organic Research Forum at the 2018 MOSES Conference included a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Congratulations to all the poster presenters! The student winners were:


1st Place – Nathan Hecht, Crop Benefits of Wild Pollinator Communities in Agroecosystems Nathan Hecht, University of Minnesota



2nd Place – Léa Vereecke, The Influence of Long-Term Organic Cropping Systems on Soil Microbial Population Size and Structure Léa Vereecke, University of Wisconsin – Madison



3rd Place – Solveig Hanson, Cost Efficiency and Effectiveness of Two Consumer-Engaged Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) Models Solveig Hanson, University of Wisconsin – Madison




Other posters presented at MOSES 2018:

Expanding Production of Ginger and Turmeric
Courtney Tchida, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Evaluating Northern Apple Cultivars for Attractiveness and Susceptibility to an Invasive Insect
Hailey N. Shanovich, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Organic Watermelon Production Using 3 Different Cover Crops Planted at 4 Different Intervals to Reduce Weed Pressure, Attract Beneficial Insects and Build Soil Health
Steven D. Kirk, University of Missouri – Columbia

The Right Piece for the Puzzle: Identifying High-Performing Varieties for Northern-Latitude Organic Vegetable Growers
Dylan Bruce, University of Wisconsin

The Effects of Dull It Tincture Administered Orally Before and Immediately After Disbudding on Pain and Stress
Hannah Phillips, University of Minnesota

Using Hyperspectral Reflectance-Based Predictive Models for Early Phytophthora infestans and Alternaria solani Detection in Potato
Kaitlin Morey Gold, Ittai Herrmann, Philip A. Townsend, Amanda J. Gevens, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Breeding Considerations for Organic Dairy Farms
Brad Heins, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center

Seed to Kitchen Collaborative: Identifying Vegetable Varieties for Organic Farmers in the Upper Midwest
Thomas Hickey, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Corn Earworm Management: a Survey of Organic Sweet Corn Growers
Virginia Moore, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Copper Versus Biopesticide EF400: Comparing Efficacy and Evaluating Resistance of Phytophthora infestans to Copper
Tina Wu, Erin M. Silva, Amanda J. Gevens, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Balancing Objectives in an Organic Oat Rotation Year: Implications of Planting Date and Crop Density
David Weisberger, Iowa State University

Determining the Best Seeding Rate for Organic Oat Production in Southwest Minnesota University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center
Lee D. Klossner, Paulo Pagliari, and Steve R. Quiring, University of Minnesota

Effective Methods and Tools for Organic In-Row Weed Control of Carrots
Sam Hitchcock Tilton, Michigan State University

Evaluating the Potential Use of Weed Tolerant Corn Varieties for Organic Systems
S. Bruggeman, S. Clay, D. Horvath, South Dakota State University – Brookings



From the Organic Broadcaster:

Researchers share five ‘fast facts’ to help growers understand biofertilizers
July | August 2018

Microbe-containing crop biostimulants or biofertilizers are popular among growers and a growing source of revenue for product manufacturers and suppliers. Yet, many questions are unanswered. Read more.


Research shows wild pollinators’ impact on strawberry production
May | June 2018

The UMN Fruit Research team has been developing an organic strawberry production system that extends the Midwest strawberry harvest from a few weeks in June to the entire growing season. In this research, we added functional biodiversity by planting an attractive floral resource to recruit wild pollinators. Read more.


On-farm trials help growers find varieties best suited to farm’s unique setting
March | April 2018

Farming can be a risky endeavor. One way to manage risk in an organic farm system is to use crop genetics well-suited to one’s environment, production system, and markets. Read more.


Interseeding cover crops in cash crops shows promise
September | October 2017

Cover crops have long been recognized in organic agriculture for their many benefits, including reducing the risk of erosion, building soil organic matter, and fostering soil ecology and biology. Read more.


Farmers, researchers share insights on rolling rye in organic no-till system
July | August 2017

Versatile rye, hardiest of the small grains, has found feed, forage, and cover crop uses in farming for centuries. Yet rye straw as a rolled-down mulch for no-till drill grain could be its greatest purpose yet. Read more.


Research compares fatty acids, meat of dairy steers grazing two cover crop systems
May | June 2017

Cover crops are commonly used as a “green manure” or harvested for grain and straw; however, they could potentially be grazed with livestock in the early spring and summer. In addition, grazing is a low-input method to feed livestock, which could improve soil health by adding fresh manure to the field or pastures. Read more.


research-steers-on-ryeResearch looks at integrating crops, livestock to enhance organic farm resilience
November | December 2016

Integrating crops and livestock on a multi-function operation could have multiple benefits and the potential to improve the profitability of these kinds of operations. Read more.


chicken - jessiResearch shows fishmeal improves poultry performance
September | October 2016

Recently completed research by the Fertrell Company of Bainbridge, Penn., indicates that broiler chickens fed a ration including fishmeal grow larger and have better feed conversion than those without the nutritional supplement. Read more.


Research moves forward on organic corn that won’t cross with transgenic varieties
July | August 2016

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.


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…. 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. __________________________________________________________________________

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