May 22nd was the first day of the summer semester at Rodale Institute for students enrolled in the Organic Farming Certificate Program (OFCP), offered in partnership with Delaware Valley University (DelVal). Students in the Organic Farming Certificate Program will participate … Continued
By Neal Kerschner – Rodale Institute’s Hemp Research Enters its Second Year
This article originally ran in the fall 2017 issue of New Farm Magazine, the magazine of Organic Farmers Association. All OFA members receive a complimentary issue of New Farm twice per year. Click here to sign up! Organic farmers share … Continued
Continuous organic no-till is still considered unachievable. However, options for reducing tillage in the mid-Atlantic region have been identified and tried, including: (1) rotating annual grain crops with perennial forages; (2) decreasing depth and degree of soil inversion (e.g. chisel … Continued
Guest post by Mark Misar, southeastern South Dakota farmer and teacher. If you have questions pertaining to this article, please contact author.
The Plants Protecting Plants project is another one of Rodale Institute’s several ongoing experiments aimed at improving soil health.
Rodale Institute Executive Director, Jeff Moyer, Associate Research Scientist, Dr. Gladis Zinati, and other credited experts contributed to a research publication facilitated by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. This publication discusses cover crop management and starter fertilizer considerations for producers interested in organic … Continued
While the use of black plastic is allowed within organic agriculture, it is inherently unsustainable as it is a petroleum-based product and difficult to recycle. Every acre of land farmed using a black plastic system produces 100-120 lb of waste … Continued
For a generation of farmers raised on the idea that herbicides were the ultimate solution to weeds, creeping levels of resistance to chemical control opens the post-chemical chapter in weed management. Herbicide resistant “superweeds” have been identified on 14 million … Continued
Organic no-till is a rotational tillage system which combines the best aspects of no-till while satisfying the requirements of the USDA organic regulations. Organic no-till is both a technique and tool to achieve the farmer’s objectives of reducing tillage and … Continued