Organic farmers need crop cultivars that perform well in organic production systems, and several farmer-participatory plant breeding networks are beginning to meet that need. Breeding priorities for the organic sector include disease and pest resistance, weed competitiveness, nutrient and water use efficiency, rapid emergence and establishment, overall vigor, and resilience to drought and other weather extremes as well as market traits such as flavor and nutritional value. Cultivars that perform well in low-tillage organic production systems, partner effectively with beneficial soil microbes, utilize nutrients and moisture efficiently, require less cultivation for weed control, and generate extensive root systems and abundant above-ground residues while maintaining good yields can contribute directly to soil health. Today’s webinar will discuss recent advances in cultivar development for healthy soils and successful organic production.

Soil Health and Management

Conservation Webinars

90 minutes
Training Type
Online Learning

United States