Extreme Weather: Challenges and Opportunities for Organic Farming Systems in the Midwest Region

Organic Agriculture November 18, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

This webinar was recorded on November 17, 2016.

This webinar will discuss the impacts of extreme weather on organic farming systems in the Midwest region and explore opportunities for increased weather resiliency with an emphasis on soil management.

The content of the webinar will draw primarily from research literature, farmer interviews and the presenter’s personal experiences conducting large-scale organic row-crop research in Western IL.

Drainage practices, tillage systems, crop establishment and rotation, cover crop and weed management, and precision technologies will be discussed as components of cropping systems that have greater weather resiliency both in terms of crop performance and management flexibility.

About the Presenter

Dr. Joel Gruver is an Associate professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture and director of the Organic Research Program at Western Illinois University

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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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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.