Ohio State hosted a series of 14 organic webinars throughout the winter and early spring of 2021. Thank you to all our speakers and to those who joined us for the live presentations. Presentations last 45-60 minutes and are available for viewing via Youtube or audio only.
April 14, 2021
The Organic Consumer: What We Know - Zoë Plakias
Knowing who your customers are, can help you reach them more effectively. Ohio State economist Zoë Plakias will share market research about consumer attitudes and behaviors toward organic products. Demographically, who are our customers? What motivates them to purchase organic products? How much extra are they willing to pay? And how can organic growers and retailers increase their appeal with these customers?
April 7, 2021
Organic Weed Control for the home or small plot – Cathy Herms
There’s no magic cure for weeds, but there are biological principles that can guide your approach to weed management and help you avoid chemical solutions.
March 31, 2021
Remediation of post-industrial urban soils by organic management - Larry Phelan
The loss of manufacturing in a number of U.S. cities, particularly in the Rust Belt, along with the 2008 housing crash, has led to population loss and abandonment of a large number of properties and land area. Unfortunately, what did not leave was the legacy of soil contamination and degradation caused by this industrial past. This project documents the impact of this history on chemical, physical, and biological dimensions of soil health in Cleveland’s vacant lots and investigates the changes associated with conversion of industrially damaged soils to urban organic farming.
March 17, 2021
Management Practices That Impact Soil Health and Organic Matter - Christine Sprunger
Ohio State soil researchers compared a huge volume of Ohio soil health test results and details on management practices. Learn about emerging soil health tests and what the research suggests about organic practices and improving soil health and organic matter.
March 10, 2021
Cultural Control Strategies for Nightmare Weeds Part II: Ragweed and Other Annual Annoyances – Doug Doohan
Some weeds are more adaptive and destructive than others. Dr. Doohan will discuss cultural strategies for combatting nightmare weeds, with a focus on ragweed and other annuals. For a discussion of creeping perennials see the February 3 session.
March 3, 2021
Tips for Using/Attracting Beneficial Insects – Mary Gardiner
When it comes to insects, it’s important to know your enemies and your allies. Get to know some of Ohio’s predatory insects and what you can do to encourage their presence on your property.
February 24, 2021
Crop Insurance for Organic Growers – Kate Hansen, Center for Rural Affairs and Megan Vaith, Northbourne Organic Crop Insurance, LLC
Kate Hansen is the author of “Conversations from the Field: Crop Insurance for Organic Operations,” a new educational guide from the Center for Rural Affairs which sheds light on the crop insurance process and options available for organic production. Megan Vaith is an experienced insurance salesperson from Northbourne Insurance in South Dakota. Together these speakers provide tips and insights into crop insurance options for organic growers, including USDA organic premium prices, contract pricing, and whole farm policies.
February 17, 2021
Considerations for Organic High Tunnel Production – Matt Kleinhenz
There are many questions when starting or considering high tunnel production. Dr. Kleinhenz will discuss general considerations as well as those specific to organic production. (Due to technological problems during the live presentation, the below recording was kindly made afterwards by the speaker.)
Listen: Audio-only file
For more on high tunnel production, please check out the 2021 Virtual High Tunnel and Season Extension School developed by Matt Kleinhenz and other members of Ohio State's specialty crops team. The 6-video series is available at the OSU Vegetable Production Systems Lab: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUUILLmpgt23d69k_tKK4xQmQyWYHTCXS
February 3, 2021
Cultural Control Strategies for Nightmare Weeds – Doug Doohan
Some weeds are more adaptive and destructive than others. Dr. Doohan will discuss cultural strategies for combatting nightmare weeds, with a focus on Canada thistle and other creeping perennials. (See March 10 for more focus on annuals.)
January 27, 2021
January 20, 2021
Manure Analysis: How Much Nitrogen Can You Get from Manure? – Glen Arnold
Considerations for different types of manure, and how to interpret and apply manure analysis results.
January 13, 2021
Transition Q&A - Julia Barton, OEFFA
Are you considering organic transition or just curious to know what all is involved? Julia Barton from OEFFA will share answers to the most frequently asked questions from growers. We’ll leave plenty of time to add your own questions as well.
Handout: Organic Transition Resources
Cover Crops Suitable for Organic Production - Rachel Cochran, Amanda Douridas, Jason Hartschuh, Sarah Noggle, OSU Extension
Find out about tools and current trials to help evaluate cover crops appropriate for an organic setting. We'd also like to hear from participants about their experience with cover crops, mixes that have worked well, cultural problems or questions that need to be researched, and other field observations.
Trends and Highlights of Ohio Farmers: Organic Sector Implications – Doug Jackson-Smith, Shoshana Inwood, Andrea Rissing
The 2020 Ohio Farm poll examined changes in Ohio’s farm activities and composition. Find out what the study says about the organic grower community, including recent changes and future challenges and opportunities. Read more.