PSU Extension: History and Evolution of Organic Pest Management

This Spanish-language presentation by Maria Gorgo-Simcox of Penn State Extension covers the history and evolution of Integrated Pest Management including the concept of bioaccumulation. Gorgo-Simcox defines the “pest” in IPM before discussing the various cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls that are in an organic growers toolbox for managing those pests.

Organic Management of Fall Armywork

Fall armyworms can be devastating for corn and also feed on a variety of grasses. Some researchers have suggested that if northern locations begin to experience warmer winters, fall armyworm could become a more frequent pest in the northern U.S. This resource covers organic management practices for fall armyworm.

Blind Cultivation for Early-Season Weed Control in Organic Grains

Blind cultivation provides early-season control of both in-row and inter-row weeds, giving crops a competitive advantage and improving effectiveness of row cultivation later in the season. Tine weeders and rotary hoes are commonly used for blind cultivation, and information on these tools is included.

Organic Agriculture Series: Organic Autonomous Weed Management

In this webinar video Dr. Bo Melander joins Dr. Kathleen Delate to discuss organic autonomous weed management with a focus on full-width cultivation, inter-row cultivation and intra-row cultivation and the advances we’ve made in each of them. He discusses different machinery such as the Treffler weed harrow, the OptiWeeder, and discusses some of these advances… Continue reading Organic Agriculture Series: Organic Autonomous Weed Management

Organic Apple Production in Iowa

New and experienced organic apple growers will find recommendations in this guide for managing insect pests, diseases, and weeds.

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