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Putting the Pieces Together: Lessons Learned from a Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project

Join eOrganic for a webinar entitled "Putting the Pieces Together: Lessons Learned from a Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project", by William Curran, Ron Hoover, and John Wallace of Penn State University. The webinar will take place on April 8 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.

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About the Webinar

The Reduced-tillage Organic Systems Experiment (ROSE) was initiated by a team of researchers at Pennsylvania (Penn State University), Maryland (USDA-ARS), Delaware (University of Delaware) and North Carolina (NC-State) in 2010 to identify integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for managing weeds and early season insect pests while transitioning to an organic rotational no-till grain/silage system using a corn-soybean-wheat rotation. This webinar will draw upon the results from three years of research in ROSE and illustrate practical issues involved with reducing tillage in an organic grain/silage system, such as cover crop termination using a roller-crimper, technical aspects of crop establishment in a rolled cover crop, the potential for volunteer cover crops in the rotation, and the importance of initial weed seedbanks for weed management during an organic transition, and the potential for using high residue inter-row cultivation to supplement weed control with cover crop mulches. The objective of the webinar will be to share lessons from the ROSE with farmers, researchers, extension personnel and government agency staff.

About the Presenters

William Curran: Bill is a Professor of Weed Science in the Plant Science Department at Penn State where he has a research-extension focus in agronomic crops. Bill’s statewide extension program focuses on providing agricultural constituents with the latest weed management information and his research focuses on basic weed biology, integrated weed management, weed management in conservation tillage system including managing cover crops, and managing weeds in organic crop production systems.

Ron Hoover: Ron is Coordinator of On-Farm Research at Penn State University where the focus of this program has been to increase rates of adoption of new and underutilized technologies related to field crop production and soil management. In addition to those research and extension activities, he is also an instructor for a Field Crop Management course.

John Wallace: John is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Plant Sciences Department at Penn State where he serves as a project manager for the Reduced-Tillage Organic Cropping Systems Project.

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