Rodale Institute seeks Pennsylvania farmers
for on-farm weed management research

Posted October 15, 2004: Do you pride yourself on good weed management practices? Do you have ideas for weed management strategies or techniques you'd like to test out? The Rodale Institute is looking for farmers--in Pennsylvania only, please--interested in collaborating with us through on-farm research as part of a broad-based weed research initiative involving Penn State and the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. Researchers here at The Institute are particularly interested in hearing from farmers with innovative or alternative weed management practices involving:

  • cover crops
  • equipment modifications
  • timing and type of tillage, planting, and cultivation steps
  • cropping sequences and rotations

Participants would collaborate with Institute researcher Dave Wilson to design and set up replicated on-farm trials measuring comparative weed management effectiveness between two or more treatments. Researchers would make several visits to the farm throughout the season to set up plots and collect data. Cover crop seed would be provided. Planning stages would start immediately, with field work to begin in the spring of 2005.

To sign up or to learn more, contact Dave at dave.wilson@rodaleinst.org or 610-683-1467.

Pennsylvania farmers only, please.