weed control

Organic spinach cultivation: research for more efficient cultivation methods

The consumption of organic products in Europe is on the rise. A popular vegetable that cannot meet that demand is organic spinach. This is mainly due to the difficult weed control in this fragile leafy vegetable sown with close row spacing, and the strict quality requirements of the cultivated product. The cut product cannot contain weeds as they affect the taste, odour, toxicity and stringiness of the end product. It is therefore quite a challenge to grow spinach without excessive manual labour, especially in organic farming.


Knowledge gaps in organic research: understanding interactions of cover crops and tillage for weed control and soil health

Organic Agriculture, the official journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research, has published a research (the pdf can be bought HERE) to understand the interactions between cover crops and tillage for weed control and soil health, one of the biggest knowledge gaps in organic research.


'Organic Farming Research Foundation': organic for climate research priorities

As legislators continue to consider comprehensive climate legislation, OFRF is working closely with Congress and partner organizations to ensure the voices of organic farmers are heard on Capitol Hill. Organic agriculture has great potential to sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the environmental impacts of fertilizers and pesticides, and build resilience to a changing climate in our farms, ranches, rural communities, and food systems.


Effect of Biosolarization and Cover Crops on Weeds and Soil-borne Pathogens

As the negative health and environmental effects of chemical soil fumigation become more apparent, it is critical to devise safe, alternative methods of soil fumigation. Organic growers constantly struggle with weed control and need innovative, chemical‐free weed management techniques. 

A study on biosolarization promoted by the Organic Farming Research Foundation

Soil solarization is an organic method that has been shown to control weeds, pathogens, and nematodes in areas with hot summer temperatures. Biosolarization, a relatively new technique, combines the use of soil solarization and organic soil amendments to enhance the results of solarization. While biosolarization has proven effective in a number of studies, its efficacy varies across study regions, cropping systems, and pathogen communities. In 2018, OFRF provided a grant to Dr.


Increasing organic yields: risks and benefits – a new study

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. A new study recently published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development has tried to assess the potential costs and benefits associated with increasing yields within organic agriculture.

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