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May 25, 2017

When you plant a cover crop mixture, do you really get all the species you planted? Ebony Murrell and Mitch Hunter explain what we have learned about growing cover crop species together in a mixture.

May 3, 2017

Check out the newsletter from the cover crop mixtures project to learn about our current research and our latest results concerning cover crop mixture expression, cover crop roots, weed suppression and nutrient management with cover crops.

Recently planted alfalfa at the Jeremy Erb farm near Milton, PA.
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.

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).
August 22, 2011
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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.

Field day participants assessed soil quality, plant, and insect communities across sites with different management histories.
July 1, 2011

On June 25th, the “Weed Management, Environmental Quality, and Profitability in Organic Feed and Forage Production Systems” project organized a field day in partnership with the Pennsylvania Sustainable Agriculture Association (PASA) Farm-Based Education program. Almost 40 people took part in the full day of hands-on activities at the Russell E. Larson Research Center at Rock Springs to learn about how short- and long-term management legacies influence soil, weed, and insect populations.

February 24, 2011

Science Daily reports on research conducted at Penn State that transitioned convential land to organic while comparing two different cover crops and tillage practices. The article highlights some of the findings in the research.

October 20, 2009

An introduction to organic agronomic, horticultural, and livestock systems.