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The recent development of conservation-tillage strategies for organic grain systems is a response to organic producer interest in combining the soil-conserving and labor-saving capacity of no-till practices with the soil health-building capacity of organic practices, which include diversification of crop rotations and incorporation of cover crops. Despite a growing body of academic research and farmer experimentation in North America, conservation-tillage strategies that reduce the reliance on inversion tillage remain in a nascent stage due to their considerable ecological complexity – an inherent feature of organic agriculture.

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Our last ROSE Review from Winter 2013, marked the end of field research (2010-2013) and a period of transition. It has been an eventful two years, so please allow us to catch you up on ROSE activities in this newsletter!

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In this ROSE Review, we provide several short summaries of the 2016 field season.