Organic: Pest Management

Organic: Pest Management

Organic: Pest Management

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Good organic pest control and management entails weed control, weed prevention, organic insect control and plant disease control, all of which rely on approaches and techniques such as integrated pest management, biological control, ecological strategies, physical control and shade cloths. In this section, you’ll find some overlap between the weed, insect and pathogen sections. Please note: Not all of the resources include practices that are 100 percent organic, so when using these sources, be sure any practices you implement align with your certification guidelines. 

Organic: Pest Management: Insects

 

Backpack Sprayers for Small-Scale Farms

 

Backpack sprayers are a boon to farmers on small acreage, but not all sprayers are created equal. Video series.

Beyond Black Plastic

 

This publication explores sustainable, organic mulches such as cover crops and no-till and reduced tillage systems as alternatives to black plastic mulch for weed control. The booklet includes a discussion of the impact of organic mulches on soil quality and fertility, weed control, yields and waste production, and profitability for small to mid-size vegetable operations. 

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Biological Control of Insects and Mites: An Introduction to Beneficial Natural Enemies and Their Use in Pest Management

 

This colorful, richly illustrated booklet offers an introduction to beneficial natural enemies and their use in pest management.

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Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

 

Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

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Developing Successful Organic Horticulture Farms: Practical Training for Ag Professionals

 

A series of Power Point presentations developed for ag professionals on the principles of organic farming, building soil quality, and managing weeds, pests and diseases.

FARMDATA

 

FARMDATA is an online system for tracking and reporting crop production data, particularly for organic vegetable growers. The system can be used for keeping records on seeding, transplanting, harvest, cover crops, compost, fertilization, irrigation, pest scouting and spraying activities, packing, distribution and customer invoicing. FARMDATA uses smart forms that help with calculations and remember key data.

Manage Insects on Your Farm

 

While every farming system is unique, the principles of ecological pest management apply universally. Manage Insects on Your Farm highlights ecological strategies that improve your farm’s natural defenses and encourage beneficial insects to attack your worst pests.

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Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

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On-Farm Internship Training Binder

 

The Placer Ag Futures Project was conceived as a response to critical issues affecting local agricultural sustainability. This project was intended to help grow a new crop of agricultural professionals that are trained in sustainable agricultural practices.

One part of the Ag Futures Project was the on-farm internship training. The summer internship program consisted of an intensive three-day pre-internship training, a training binder and a nine-week rotating internship, working with producers of different commodities. The internship started with a three-day training program developed and delivered by producers and University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors. The training included classroom sessions on the science of production and husbandry practices, as well as hands-on practical training at several of the participating operations. To augment the training, each intern received a binder of materials related to production and husbandry practices for the relevant crops and species, farm safety and other information.

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Organic Insect Management in Sweet Corn

 

This fact sheet discusses an integrated strategy for controlling three caterpillar species—corn earworm, European corn borer and fall armyworm—using methods that meet current organic certification standards. Any grower interested in methods that are safe for the applicator and the environment may be interested in this approach.

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Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast

 

An interactive website to help ag professionals develop successful organic education programs.

 

Predatory Mites for Organic Thrips Control in High Tunnel Cucumbers

 

A presentation of research on biological control methods in New York high tunnel or hoop house farming systems, including cultural practices, plant resistance, grafting, rotations, sprays and beneficials.

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Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management

 

Crop management,fact sheets, and extensive appendices.

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Transitioning to Organic Production

 

Transitioning to Organic Production lays out many promising conversion strategies, covering typical organic farming production practices, innovative marketing ideas and federal standards for certified organic crop production.

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Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management

 

A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.

 

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Organic: Pest Management: Weeds

 

Backpack Sprayers for Small-Scale Farms

 

Backpack sprayers are a boon to farmers on small acreage, but not all sprayers are created equal. Video series.

Beyond Black Plastic

 

This publication explores sustainable, organic mulches such as cover crops and no-till and reduced tillage systems as alternatives to black plastic mulch for weed control. The booklet includes a discussion of the impact of organic mulches on soil quality and fertility, weed control, yields and waste production, and profitability for small to mid-size vegetable operations. 

Download File (1.51 MB)

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

 

Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

Download File (4.30 MB)
 | 

Developing Successful Organic Horticulture Farms: Practical Training for Ag Professionals

 

A series of Power Point presentations developed for ag professionals on the principles of organic farming, building soil quality, and managing weeds, pests and diseases.

FARMDATA

 

FARMDATA is an online system for tracking and reporting crop production data, particularly for organic vegetable growers. The system can be used for keeping records on seeding, transplanting, harvest, cover crops, compost, fertilization, irrigation, pest scouting and spraying activities, packing, distribution and customer invoicing. FARMDATA uses smart forms that help with calculations and remember key data.

In-Row Mechanical Weed Control Options for Farmers Large and Small

 

With support from SARE, a team from Michigan State University created videos demonstrating three in-row weed control tools in the field: the torsion weeder, the flex tine cultivator, and the finger weeder.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

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Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast

 

An interactive website to help ag professionals develop successful organic education programs.

Steel in the Field

 

Weed control demands time, labor and expense for every farmer every year. Steel in the Field shows how today's implements and techniques can control weeds while reducing—or eliminating—herbicides. Available only online.

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Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management

 

A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.

 

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Organic: Pest Management: Pathogens

 

Backpack Sprayers for Small-Scale Farms

 

Backpack sprayers are a boon to farmers on small acreage, but not all sprayers are created equal. Video series.

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms

 

Crop rotation strategies that can be applied under various field conditions for conventional or organic crops to improve soil quality and health, and manage pests, diseases, and weeds

Download File (4.30 MB)
 | 

Grafting for Disease Management in Organic Tomato Production

 

In this webinar, learn about tomato grafting and how it can be used to manage diseases in organic open-field and high tunnel farming systems.

Manage Insects on Your Farm

 

While every farming system is unique, the principles of ecological pest management apply universally. Manage Insects on Your Farm highlights ecological strategies that improve your farm’s natural defenses and encourage beneficial insects to attack your worst pests.

Download File (3.46 MB)
 | 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition

 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably explores how and why cover crops work and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

Download File (5.56 MB)
 | 

Organic Broccoli Production Manual

 

Steps that farmers took to scale up organic broccoli production to meet local wholesale demand. 

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Organic Control of White Mold in High Tunnels

 

This video presents information on the high tunnel production system most commonly used in Kentucky; the disease cycle of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum; and two control tactics compatible with national organic standards, solarization and biofumigation.

 

Organic Horticulture Training for the Southeast

 

An interactive website to help ag professionals develop successful organic education programs.

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management

 

Crop management,fact sheets, and extensive appendices.

Download File (11.16 MB)

Vegetable Bedding Plants Pest Management

 

A University of Massachusetts web page with information on integrated pest management (IPM), a practical way to effectively manage pests on vegetable bedding plants.

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Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2017
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West
 

Organic Production Topic Room Contents

Information is available on the following topics:

Insects | Weeds | Pathogens

Whole Systems

Seeds

Nutrient Management | Cover Crops | Manure

Tillage

Animal Systems

Marketing

Certification

Conservation

Transitioning to Organic

Important: Some of the publications in the Organic Production topic room cover practices and suggestions that do not align 100 percent with organic certification requirements. Users should read carefully and always check with their organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials.