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Reduced Tillage Webinar Series

Calling All Farmers! Learn about Reduced Tillage for your Organic Vegetable Farms The series is free, but registration is important.

Michigan State University is teaming up with Cornell University and the University of Maine to offer a 3-part webinar to share the latest research on reduced tillage for organic production and learn about the practices, equipment, and cover crops that can work for your farm. Click here to register!

The webinar topics include:

1. Reduced Tillage Organic Vegetables on Permanent Beds

Ryan Maher (Cornell University)

Mark Hutton (University of Maine)

Brian Caldwell (Cornell University)

On: Thursday, March 9, 3-5 pm EST

About: Permanent bed systems can help small farms improve soils and reduce tillage

for a diversity of crops. Learn how these systems take shape and how different practices

are being used to manage weeds, reduce labor, and improve productivity.


 2.  Strip Tillage – How To and Its Values

Anu Rangarajan (Cornell University -Soil Health)

Dan Brainard (Michigan State University – Weed Management)

Meg McGrath (Cornell University – Disease Management)

Zsofia Szendrei (Michigan State University – Pests and Beneficial Insects)

On: Thursday, March 16, 3-5 pm EST

About: Adapting strip tillage for organic production requires system-wide changes. Learn

the tools and equipment and what research is showing about integrating cover crops,

managing residue, attracting beneficial insects, and controlling diseases and weeds.


3. Cultivation for Reduced Tillage Systems

Dan Brainard and Sam Hitchcock (Michigan State University – Tillage to manage weeds)

Eric Gallandt and Bryan Brown (University of Maine-Soil management)

On:  Thursday, March 23, 3-5 p.m. EST

About: Cultivation of the in-row zone is challenging, especially in reduced tillage

systems. Learn about innovative in-row cultivation techniques in reduced tillage crops.


Direct questions to Vicki Morrone, Organic Farming Specialist at sorrone@msu.edu or 517-282- 3557.

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