Dig Deeper

Introducing the High Residue Cultivator

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 plowing and disking in place of moldboard plow); or (3) no-till planting cash crops into cover crops that are mechanically killed. The latter approach has gained substantial popularity with the development and widespread availability of a relatively inexpensive roller–crimper for mechanically killing and flattening cover crop residue. (more…)

Rodale Institute Celebrates Hemp History Week

On June 5, Rodale Institute, in partnership with Hemp Industries Association, kicked off the 8th annual Hemp History Week with a Hemp Day on the Farm event. Dozens of people gathered at Rodale Institute to celebrate our new industrial hemp research project. Rodale Institute received one of 16 permits in Pennsylvania to partake in the first planting of hemp in 80 years, as part of the PA Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. (more…)

Mushrooms, Veggies and Tractors, Oh my!

Planting has begun for Rodale Institute’s Agriculture Supported Communities, a farm share program that provides members with a seasonal share of fresh organic produce on a weekly basis. Over the course of the next few months, students in the Organic Farming Certificate Program will continue planting crops, harvesting them and learning about everything from mushrooms, veggies to tractors. (more…)

Rainfall Simulator Compares Soil Health

The rainfall simulator is a great tool that demonstrates runoff generation, infiltration rates and topsoil loss. This trial simulates the effects an inch of rainfall has on three surface soil samples collected during the summer of 2016. (more…)

Rodale Institute Announces 2017 Organic Pioneer Award Recipients

Rodale Institute has announced the recipients to be honored at the upcoming 7th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards (OPA) dinner. The OPA is an opportunity to recognize a research scientist, farmer and business that are leading the way to an organic planet. Recipients include researcher Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University; organic farmer, Tom Beddard, Lady Moon Farms; and founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. This year’s awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017. (more…)