= Research Forum = New Organic Stewards = In Her Boots
Best Practices for High Quality Pastures and Forages
Bob Yanda, biological and organic soils consultant, has been involved with the production of a wide variety of crops, from corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa to fruits, vegetables, and grapes. He also has an extensive background in dairy nutrition.
Precision Organics: Opportunities for Improved Field Operations
Joel Gruver was raised on a small diversified farm in Maryland and has been involved in teaching and research related to organic soil management for over 15 years. He currently is an assistant professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture at Western Illinois University and the Director of the WIU Organic Research Program. Recent research projects have focused on cover crop management, reducing tillage intensity and applications of precision technologies in organic grain production.
Organic Small Grains—Too Important to Overlook
Klass Martens, along with his wife and their 3 children, farm 1400 acres of organic grains and processing vegetables in upstate New York and raise organic heifers, hogs and chickens. They also own and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, which supplies animal feed to dairy and chicken farmers throughout New York, and organic field crop/cover crop seed throughout the Northeast.
Joe Placke is an organic dairy and grain farmer and has raised both organic feed and food quality small grains for 16 years. Joe and his wife Rita have 35 cows, farm 265 acres and have been certified organic since 1996 and have been farming for 33 years at their current farm near Cuba City, Wisconsin.
The Art and Science of Weed Control in Organic Field Crops
Dave Campbell and his wife Mary own and operate Lily Lake Organic Farm which is located in northern Illinois near Lily Lake. The entire 224 acre grain and hay farm has been farmed organically since 1988 and has been certified organic since 1991. Prior to 1988 Dave farmed organically on his father's dairy farms in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He recently completed serving a four year term on the SARE Administrative Council. Dave is presently a member of the MOSES Board of Directors and is also serving as Board President of MOSA.Ron Rosmann and his family farm a 700-acre diversified certified organic grain and livestock family farm in western Iowa. They grow organic corn, soybeans, oats, barley, hay, popcorn, turnips, and pasture. They also raise 90-certified organic stock cows utilizing intensive grazing management practices, and have a 55-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation. The grain farm has been certified organic since 1994; the beef have been certified since 1998, and the hogs were certified since 2004. The Rosmanns have participated in over 40 on-farm research trials in conjunction with Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa State University and the Leopold Center.
Flame Weeding Research
Stevan Z. Knezevic is currently a Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) and Integrated Weed Management Specialist at the UNL Northeast Research and Extension Center – Haskell Agricultural Laboratory. His weed science team has conducted various weed control and crop tolerance projects for the last 20 years, which resulted in over 90 scientific publications. For the last 5 years he has built a nationally and internationally recognized weed flaming program for agronomic crops.
George Gogos is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the past five years he has conducted research in propane flaming for weed control in agronomic crops, funded by the Propane Education and Research Council. This research has led to the design of sophisticated weed flamers that he hopes would become a major tool for weed control in organic farming.
Transitioning to Organic Crop Production: Secrets from 40 years of Trying
Carmen Fernholz farms in western Minnesota. He has been a certified organic crop producer since 1974; he also finishes hogs. He is currently involved in coordinating organic research at the University of Minnesota.