Tips for improving organic soils

By Laura Rance OrganicBiz editor Fababeans are gaining ground in both organic and conventional cropping rotations because they are a good source of nitrogen for the soil and less susceptible to diseases that affect some of the other pulse crops. But soil scientist and consultant Jill Clapperton said farmers need to be ready for the […]

Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences – More no-till farmers are using cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds, but many vegetable producers are reluctant to get on board. That’s because many small-seeded vegetable crops struggle to emerge through thick cover crop residues. However, the potential benefits of no-till cover crop […]

Library of cowpea varieties offers food security

American Society of Agronomy – Tim Close has found himself, happily, stuck in a library. But it’s not your typical library with shelves and books. It’s a genetic library of cowpea varieties, also known as black-eyed peas. This genetic library tells us stories about the crop’s unique qualities. “Think of the books in a library’s […]

Fresh broccoli on a farm. Top view. Close-up

Cool-season vegetable rotation an effective, sustainable practice

American Society for Horticultural Science – Issues with weeds, insects, and disease make certified organic production of vegetables challenging in the southeastern United States. Maintaining and building soil organic carbon in midscale organic production systems can also be difficult due to the warm, moist conditions that promote decomposition. The authors of a new study in HortTechnology […]

Heirloom dry beans suitable for small-scale organic production

Laura Rance OrganicBiz staff U.S. researchers have conducted field trials of heirloom dry bean varieties to determine cultivars that perform best under organic management. “Heirloom cultivars, in particular ‘Jacob’s Cattle Gold’, ‘Lina Sisco’s Bird Egg’, ‘Peregion’, and ‘Tiger’s Eye’, are suitable for local organic production according to the yield and yield stability analyses we performed,” […]