Researchers at Texas A&M are screening various spinach varieties to identify those with both improved nitrogen-use efficiency and disease resistance, as a first step toward developing cultivars adapted to production in Texas.
New Soil Health Guides from Organic Farming Research Foundation
OFRF is releasing a new series of educational guides designed to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations.
Each guide begins with tools and practices set in the context of the challenges and opportunities identified by organic producers in OFRF’s 2016 National Organic Research Agenda. For those interested in taking a deeper dive, the guides also include reviews of USDA funded organic research, future research priorities, and scientific literature references.
The first three guides in the series are now available to download free of charge at ofrf.org. The remaining four guides will be released over the coming weeks. This summer, a limited number of printed copies will be available upon request.
The complete series includes:
Soil Health and Organic Farming Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
A discussion of the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil organic matter and soil health in organic production.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
An ecological approach to integrated weed management tools that reduce the need for soil disturbance.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Practical Conservation Tillage
The impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Cover Crops: Selection and Management
Selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection
Plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including potential benefits to soil biology and soil health.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Water Management and Water Quality
The role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.
Soil Health and Organic Farming Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment
The role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.