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NC Organic No-till
Corn Trials

New factsheet on the preliminary research on evaluating starter fertility sources in organic no-till corn production. [fsg factsheet='evaluating-starter-fertilizer-sources-in-organic-no-till-corn-production']

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NC Organic No-till
Corn Trials

New factsheet on the preliminary research on evaluating starter fertility sources in organic no-till corn production. [fsg factsheet='evaluating-starter-fertilizer-sources-in-organic-no-till-corn-production']

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Interested in On-Farm
Research?

In the spring of 2009, North Carolina State University and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) embarked on a project to develop field crop varieties specifically selected for the organic production system in the Southeast: Breeding for Organic Production Systems (BOPS). Variety selection is an important part of any farmer’s planning process. Currently the majority of plant breeding is being done by private industry whose focus is producing varieties that work for conventional farms.  This has left organic farmers with very limited choices of varieties available that are both non-GMO and conducive to their unique pest and weed management needs. NCSU and RAFI are working together to create an organic breeding and cultivar testing center that will serve public and private breeders in the Southeast in the development of corn, soybeans, wheat, and peanut varieties. A major part of this project is farmer-led participatory research. Farmers will make realistic assessments of how new breeding lines will perform under actual organic conditions on their farms. The on-farm research plots are significantly larger than the university’s test plots and utilize the farmers’ own equipment to plant and manage throughout the growing season. RAFI provides support with plot design, planting, monitoring, and harvest. You can find information about this project at http://rafiusa.org/bopscoalition/. If you would be interested in having an organic corn, soybean, wheat or peanut variety trial on your farm, please contact Kelli Dale at kelli@rafiusa.org or call 910-890-3464.

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NC Grains for Brewing
and Distilling: FAQ sheets

Because of the growing interest of NC brewers, maltsters, and distillers to use NC-grown grain, we have put together a factsheet covering two aspects of the market:  one for brewers, maltsters, and distillers, and one for farmers.  However, the information in these should answer some of the basic questions for each of the groups.  Please feel free to contact us with more questions. [fsg factsheet='nc-grains-for-brewing-and-distilling-faq']

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2011-2014 organic
wheat OVT results

Results from 2011-2014 organic wheat OVT's are now available. Click here for a pdf.

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Two new factsheets!

Two new factsheets are available now:  1.  NC Grain for Malting, Brewing, and Distilling: FAQ; 2.  Evaluating Starter Fertilizer in Organic No-till Corn You can find each from the following MORE »

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You can now get updates on events and news from the NC Organic Grain Program at NC State University on Twitter.  Follow us MORE »

Should You Spray for Hessian Fly?

Around this time of the year, Hessian fly adults are definitely active.  Many growers spraying herbicide are wondering if they will get a return on investment tank mixing with an insecticide- something I’ve MORE » – from   Entomology

NC Organic Cost Share Program

North Carolina is now accepting applications for the Organic Certification Cost share program. Growers, Handlers and Processors will be reimbursed 75%, up to $750, the cost of obtaining organic certification. Expenses must have MORE »

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Organic OVT results for wheat 2011-2014

The results of the 2013-2014 organic wheat OVT trials have been analyzed and have been complied with results since 2011-2012 and are available on our website. Click here for the pdf MORE »

Untreated Hard Wheat Varieties Available now

Two hard wheat varieties that are adapted to the Southeast are available now, untreated, from NC Foundation Seed Producers. About 400 bushels of Appalachian White, a hard white, and NuEast, a hard red, MORE »

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Organic Commodities and Livestock ConferenceThu Feb 12 - Thu Feb 12, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Nash Community College, 522 N Old Carriage Rd, Rocky Mt, NC, United States
— 2 months away
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