Improving Weed and Insect Management in Organic Rotational No-Till - Completed Project

Our overall goal was to develop sustainable reduced-tillage organic feed grain production systems that integrate pest (weed and insect) and soil management practices to overcome production constraints associated with high residue, reduced-tillage environments. We focused on the interactions between weed-, insect- and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans. Studies includes a soil quality component. The project activities included research-station and on-farm research and extension.

Organic reduced-tillage systems experiments are being established at two research stations - the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research and Education Center in Rock Springs, PA, and the USDA's Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD.

Other sites for research and educational activities will include the Univ. of Delaware Research and Education Center, and 6 farms - two each in PA, MD, and North Carolina.

The project web-based collaborative work site is located at

Includes biannual newsletters highlighting the research team members and activities and annual reports that highlight preliminary data and outreach events for the year.