Organic Agriculture

Penn State Organic Agriculture News

Recently planted alfalfa at the Jeremy Erb farm near Milton, PA.
Organic Grower Network Tours Milton Grain Farm
September 1, 2011
Organic milk, meat, poultry and eggs represent some of the fastest growing sectors of the organic market. Because agricultural feed ingredients in the diets of certified livestock must be organically produced, growth in the retail organic market has resulted in increasing demand for organic feed grains and forages, creating opportunities for Pennsylvania growers. Typically, there is a price premium for organic feed grains. In the past, prices for organic feed grains have reached 50 to 150% above conventional prices.
ROSE Review - Fall 2011
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September 1, 2011
In the soybean uniformity trial, the differences in weed populations across the cropping systems are already evident.  Weed pressure appears to be lower following two years of perennial forage crops (left), compared to following no-till corn (right).
PSU Organic Acres - Summer 2011
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August 22, 2011
Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition of PSU Organic Acres. This newsletter provides updates on the research project, "Weed Management, Environmental Quality and Profitability in Organic Feed and Forage Production Systems," funded by USDA's Risk Assessment and Management Program. In this issue we report observations from our soybean uniformity trial and crop performance in the last year of the rotation experiment. We also share our experiences from several organic crop production field days and network meetings across the state.