Hello, [name]. Man,
we have such a wealth of stories. We're trying to
spread them out in digestible chunks, but you'll still have a lot
to choose from this week, next week and into the forseable future.
At the top of the list this week
is the story of how are farm manager, Jeff Moyer, collaborated with
our plain Mennonite next farm neighbor to design and build a front
mounted cover crop roller that takes us a big step closer to making
no-till organic feasible. The roller kills and plants in one smooth
pass, providing an effective weed-suppressing mat that gives corn
and soybeans the time they need to establish themselves. Lots of
great pictures and plenty of helpful detail. Check
Tools like this no-till roller can revolutionize no-till and conservation
tillage systems even for conventional farmers. Perhaps, then, we
won't have to put up with ludicrous arguments by herbicide companies
that atrazine is a critical conservation and erosion control tool
in a conservation tillage system. After all, against what costs
to human health and soil health do we measure any contributions
to soil conservation made by massive atrazine inputs? Want to read
a news article on on this topic that will make your blood boil?
out our news story on the Natural Resources Defense Council's lawsuit
demanding that the White House release documents detailing
meetings with pesticide industry reps.
In the next several weeks, you can look forward to other exceptional
stories about the organic no-till revolution, including a piece
by Mark Schonbeck that lays out in great detail what Virginia Tech
professor Ron Morse has learned over the past 24 years about no-till
cover crop systems for organic vegetable production. It's definitely
a don't miss piece.
The conference season is upon us!
This week you'll find the
first in a three-part series by Don Lotter on the highlights
of the Washington Tilth Producers annual conference earlier this
--Chris Hill, Executive Editor
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out our latest Organic