Organic farmers commonly struggle with weeds. Without the benefit of synthetic herbicides, organic farmers must rely on a host of ecological weed management (EWM) practices to control weeds.
Integrating EWM strategies on the farm can be challenging, however, due to the complexity in designing and evaluating these practices, the tendency for university outreach to focus on the risks of EWM strategies rather than their benefits, and an unclear understanding of how EWM strategies help farmers meet their on-farm objectives.
During this free phone/webinar session, Dr. Doug Bessette, Dr. Robyn Wilson, and Dr. Doug Doohan will discuss a new, easy-to-use online decision support tool, Organic Weed Manager, which can help organic farmers in identifying their on-farm objectives and evaluating EWM strategies and their performance.
The Organic Weed Manger tool uses multiple choice tasks to help farmers evaluate the short- and long-term trade-offs of EWM strategies, while also focusing their attention on their most important objectives.
Webinar participants are encouraged to follow along with their own computer and use the online tool during the webinar.
No registration is necessary.
Join online: https://osu.zoom.us/j/541632734
Join by phone: (646) 876-9923 (Phone meeting ID: 541 632 734)
About the Speakers:
• Doug Bessette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University.
• Robyn Wilson is a Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.
• Doug Doohan is a Professor and State Specialist in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and director of the Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program at The Ohio State University, located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.
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