Clemson students studying ways to improve value of cover crops

In Southeast Farm Press

by Denise Attaway

A group of Clemson students is determining how to use shredded leaves to help increase the value of roller-crimped cover crops.

Cover crops are crops planted primarily to naturally manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil and water quality, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife. Roller-crimping involves attaching roller-crimpers to tractors, rolling over cover crops to flatten and damage them, leaving behind a thick mulch. Rye grass is the cover crop used in this study. Continue reading

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium 2016 Live Broadcast on January 20

Join us for a live broadcast of selected presentations from the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium!

The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will be held at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 before as a pre-conference event at EcoFarm. The plenary and key workshop sessions will be broadcast as webinars. Plenary speakers will be André Leu, President of Organic International / IFOAM and Mathieu Ngouajio, USDA/NIFA National Program Leader in Cropping Systems. Also livestreamed will be workshops on soil health, long-term and strategic research, and innovative educational systems. Funding for the eOrganic live broadcast of the OARS  is provided by USDA NIFA OREI and the conference is being hosted by the UC Kearney Research and Extension Center and the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This webinar broadcast is free and open to the public. You can join and leave this webinar as often as you wish on January 20th, but advance registration is required. Start time is 9AM Pacific Time (10 Mountain, 11 Central, 12 Eastern). Continue reading

Cover crops a must for growing organic soybeans

From Southeast Farm Press

Soybean production is among the fastest rising of all organic crops grown in the Upper Southeast, but weed control has been an Achilles Heel in sustainable, consistent conservation grain production.

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Are Organic Soils More Effective at Keeping Weeds from Coming Back?

Every year, I know that the plants that will grow best in my yard are the weeds. And I’m always right. In fact, the weeds eventually choke out the flowers that I’ve purchased and planted. No matter what I do, how much I pull, mow or spray the weeds, they seem to come right back and even multiply faster than I can keep up with them. I know I’m not alone in my plight; nearly everyone I know has his or her own monthly battles with the weeds.

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