Planning for Flexibility in Effective Crop Rotations Webinar

Organic Agriculture May 01, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

About the Webinar

Implementing a good crop rotation on a farm growing a diversity of crops is remarkably difficult. Great variation in acreage among crops, multiple cropping, variation in field conditions and other factors makes a simple repeating sequence of crops impractical. Moreover, unforeseeable changes in weather, market conditions, labor supply and other factors generally derail highly specific long term rotation plans. The Northeast Organic Network (NEON) crop rotation initiative used intensive consultation with experienced growers and extensive literature review to develop a collection of tools to help growers manage crop rotations. These are now available in a book "Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual", edited by Charles L. Mohler and Sue Ellen Johnson, a project which received funding from SARE. Together, the rotation planning tools provide the means for sound rotation planning while coping with complexity and allowing the flexibility to meet unforeseen challenges. The webinar will highlight key findings from the crop rotation planning initiative, and summarize important considerations for rotation planning.

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About Chuck Mohler

Chuck Mohler is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University. He has been studying the ecology of weeds and non-chemical methods of weed management since 1983. He has worked on a variety of issues related to organic crop production, and currently serves as Project Director for a large multi-disciplinary project comparing various organic cropping systems. He is co-editor and principle author of Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual published by the NRAES in Sep 2009.

About eOrganic

eOrganic is the Organic Agriculture Community of Practice at eXtension.org. Our website  at http:www.extension.org/organic_production contains articles, videos, and webinars for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.

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