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2020

Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage
April 1, 2020
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Organic soybean producers using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods that incorporate cover crops — strategies that protect soil health and water quality — can achieve similar yields at competitive costs compared to tillage-based production. That’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. These findings are significant, according to lead researcher John Wallace, assistant professor of weed science, because they may contribute to increased sustainable domestic production of organic soybeans.
Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pa.
March 11, 2020
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers. That’s good news for the growing number of vegetable and small-fruit growers using high tunnel cultivation structures who face difficulties maintaining good soil health long term, said team member Francesco Di Gioia, assistant professor of vegetable crop science, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.