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Chapter 5: Crop Production Management - Organic Soybeans

By: Jim Dunphy, George Place, Dominic Reisig, Chris Reberg-Horton

This chapter of the North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide covers key management practices for organic soybean production: variety selection, planting times, plant population and crop rotation.

Chapter 7: Weed Management

By: Chris Reberg-Horton, Randy Weisz, Alan York, George Place, Molly Hamilton

This chapter of the North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide discusses cultural, mechanical and chemical tactics used for weed control in organic farming.

Organic No-Till Corn Production: Cover Crop and Starter Fertilizer Considerations

By: Rachel Atwell, Chris Reberg-Horton, Hanna Poffenbarger, Steven Mirsky, Gladis Zinati, Jeff Moyer

This publication provides research-based guidance on using cover crops in organic corn production to suppress weeds and provide fertility benefits.

North Carolina Grains for Brewing and Distilling: FAQ

By: Molly Hamilton, Chris Reberg-Horton

This factsheet offers FAQs for distillers/brewers/maltsters wishing to use North Carolina-grown grain in their product, as well as FAQs for farmers looking to enter the distilling/brewing/malting market.

Organic Certification for Field Crops: A Guide

By: Molly Hamilton, Tony Kleese, J. Riddle, Amy Griner, Myron Fountain, Chris Reberg-Horton

This guide provides an overview of the organic certification process and describes the records that farmers must maintain to meet the requirements for organic certification. It includes sample forms that illustrate a recordkeeping system for an organic farm.

Rotary Hoe: A Blind Cultivation Tool for In-Row Weed Control

By: George Place, Chris Reberg-Horton

Expanding organic grain markets have increased interest in mechanical weed control. Learn how the rotary hoe can be used to control weeds in large-seeded grain crops such as corn and soybeans.

Chapter 2: Organic Crop Production Systems

By: Ron Heiniger, Chris Reberg-Horton, Molly Hamilton

This chapter of the North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide defines the key components of organic production systems: crop sequence, crop management, soil management and pest management.

Chapter 1: Introduction

By: Chris Reberg-Horton, Molly Hamilton

The North Carolina Organic Grain Production Guide provides farmers, Extension personnel and other agricultural educators with information about organic production, certification and marketing of grain crops. The introduction provides background context and additional resources on the topic.

Evaluating Starter Fertilizer Sources in Organic No-Till Corn Production

By: Rachel Atwell, Chris Reberg-Horton, Steven Mirsky, Gladis Zinati

This factsheet presents findings from studies to evaluate different starter fertilizer sources and their impacts on yield and weed competition in organic no-till corn production, using a cover crop mulch for weed suppression.

Organic Cotton Research in North Carolina

By: Rachel Vann, Kelli Dale, Chris Reberg-Horton

This publication discusses a study that sought to investigate alternatives to sole reliance on mechanical cultivation for weed control in organic cotton production, and to evaluate experimental varieties for use in organic cotton production.

Planting Rate Recommendations for Organic Soybean Producers

By: Jim Dunphy, George Place, Chris Reberg-Horton

For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out weeds in the early stages of weed competition. Organic soybean producers can increase seeding rates with much less of a negative impact on economic return than for conventional production with herbicides.

Investigating Cover Crop Mulches in North Carolina Cotton Production

By: Rachel Atwell Vann, Chris Reberg-Horton, Keith Edmisten, Alan York

This publication discusses the methods and results of a study researching the benefits of cover crop mulches in cotton production. Cover crops provide nutrients to subsequent crops while conserving soil moisture and suppressing weeds, pests, and diseases without adversely affecting yield.

Organic Peanut Production

By: David Jordan, Barbara Shew, Rick Brandenburg, Chris Reberg-Horton, Gary Bullen, Derek Washburn, Amanda Kaufman, Lisa Dean, Bob Sutter

This publication, chapter 12 of the 2019 Peanut Information handbook, discusses organic production of peanuts in North Carolina.

Biomass Production With Legume and Small Grain Cover Crop Mixtures in North Carolina: Research Summary

By: Rachel Vann, Chris Reberg-Horton, Miguel Castillo, Steven Mirsky, Rebecca McGee

This publication discusses a study to compare five winter pea genotypes to crimson clover and hairy vetch for biomass production in mixture with various small grains.