Organic management field day on Sept. 19 at Kellogg Biological Station

A team of researchers will present information and demonstrate organic weed, pest, disease control and fertility managements along with current research results in organic production.

Researchers checking organic squash plants
Marisa Benzle, graduate research assistant, and Molly Muhs, research aide, investigate young organic squash plants.

The demand for organic food continues to grow in Michigan as does the need for guidance on the specific management issues organic farmers face. Since 2016, an interdisciplinary group from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have been funded by the USDA to study the management of organic winter and summer squash in a variety of organic systems, including conventionally tilled, strip tilled and on plastic mulch.

Several areas of expertise are represented in the research group including fertility management, pests and pollinators, disease control and weed control. The project has also been advised by a group of Michigan and Wisconsin farmers to ensure a strong Extension focus.

As a part of the USDA-funded project, the research team will host an Organic Management Field Day on Sept. 19, 2018, at their research site in Hickory Corners, Michigan, at the Kellogg Biological Station, 9701 N 40th St, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

The field day will include talks by researchers on their area of expertise, an overview of current research including winter squash and cover crop trials, tillage trials, results from the 2018 grafted squash demonstration and weed control equipment demonstrations by MSU’s Brainard Lab and Farm Power Implements. There will be breaks and plenty of time at lunch to speak with researchers, Extension personnel and our private partners on organic management in Michigan.

Registration is free and lunch is included when individuals register at the Organic Management Field Day page.

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