Blogs | July 2016

OFRF Funds Researchers Looking to Improve Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency

Although California has weathered many droughts, the current multi-year spell has been more widespread than most and includes the driest and hottest three-year stretch in 120 years of recordkeeping. Deliveries of surface water have decreased by a third in California’s Central Valley and numerous growers received less or no irrigation water in 2015.

Help Support Organic Research

 

Thank you to the many individuals and organizations that support OFRF's grant-making program.

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium Proceedings Now Available

Summaries of presentations from the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium are now available online at http://eorganic.info/node/16778. Many of the workshops and keynote presentations were recorded live and may be viewed via the eOrganic YouTube channel.

Researchers Help Farmers Improve Soil Health with Green Manures

OFRF has awarded a grant to Iris Vaisman and Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg to help increase the use of green manures (GMs), which play an essential role in organic grain-based systems on the Canadian prairies by contributing to soil health, cash crop yield, and grain quality.

Support Organic Farming

 

Techniques and findings from OFRF-funded research have been widely implemented by organic farmers over the years, with information disseminated online, in sponsored publications, and at farming conferences and field days.

Using Bacteria for Crop Fertilization

A major challenge for organic farmers lies in determining the right amount of nitrogen (N) to add to crops and the best time to do it. Farmers using organic nitrogen fertilizers such as manure and compost face serious limitations because these fertilizers, which often come from off the farm, are low in N content, often hauled long distances, and can contribute to soil salinization.

A New Way to Protect Fruit from Pests and Disease

Growing organic peaches is extremely difficult in the Southeast due to high pest and disease pressures and the lack of effective, organically approved pesticides. As a result, very few growers have taken the risk and transitioned into organic peach farming.