Safe and Effective Use of OMRI-Listed Pesticides

Ethan Grundberg, (Cornell’s Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program), presented best practices, explained the USDA National Organic Program and Organic Materials Review Institute, and provided an overview of commonly used applications including Bacillus thuringiensis, neem, pyrethrins, and spinosads. This is the second slideshow presented in the Organic Pesticide Basics / Fundamentos de los Pesticidas Orgánicos… Continue reading Safe and Effective Use of OMRI-Listed Pesticides

Organic Pesticide Basics

In this introductory presentation, Raul E. Lemus-Garza (Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County), lays out key terminology, pesticide classification, and labeling. This is the first slideshow presented in the webinar recording of Organic Pesticide Basics / Fundamentos de los Pesticidas Orgánicos.

Fertility Guide Companion

This companion guide goes along with the “Organic Fertility Guide and Tool Template” created by Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center. The purpose of this guide is to support farmers and growers to understand how much fertilizer to apply throughout the year to better manage crop and soil health and prevent nutrient leaching. There are many… Continue reading Fertility Guide Companion

Evaluating Organic Inputs for Improving Soil Health in Blueberry Production

In this webinar, Shikha Singh of Oregon State University will discuss the suitability of different locally available organic materials to improve the quality of sandy and calcareous soils of eastern Oregon and Washington and improve organic blueberry production. More specifically, we are looking at impacts of different organic amendments on physical, chemical, and biological health… Continue reading Evaluating Organic Inputs for Improving Soil Health in Blueberry Production

Making the Transition from Conventional to Organic

Farming organically allows producers to incur many economic and social advantages compared to farming conventionally. Understanding and planning the economic returns of the transition process can aid the producer in planning and in becoming organically certified.

Weed Management for Organic Farmers

Organic farmers use a wide variety of tools and strategies to control weeds without synthetic chemicals. Those tools and strategies and their effects on soil quality are discussed.

Organic No-Till Production

Reduced tillage or no-till can provide multiple environmental benefits, particularly in the area of soil health, as well as reducing machinery, labor and fuel costs. With organic no-till, herbicides cannot be used to terminate cover crops, as is practiced in conventional no-till. Iowa State University has worked with the Rodale Institute (RI) in conducting research… Continue reading Organic No-Till Production