How to Handle Flooded Fields + Weeding Between the Lines

Plus, SAC workshop proposals, if growing Organic is worth it, and details on a new beginning farmer program in SC
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Dear Nahid,

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day! Depending on where you are in the Carolinas, you may have had 20+ inches of rain in just two weeks! Flooded fields and standing water might be your biggest reality right now. If that’s the case, we thought we would repost our Expert Tip from a few years ago below on how to handle flooded fields.

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Meanwhile, as the heat sets in across the Carolinas, time on the farm becomes even more precious. The days are extended, but so is the list of tasks–the cool hours of early morning and dusk diminish with each day. For many growers, addressing weed pressure consumes much of this time and can be labor-intensive and costly without the right tools.

At the Lomax Incubator Farm, our staff continues to research and implement strategies for managing weeds in organic systems. Last month, we mentioned the on-farm research we’re conducting at Lomax, including organic herbicide trials. We had the opportunity to share details of the research with participants at the 3rd Annual Lomax Farm Field Day in May and are excited to share the full results of this research at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Conference in November.

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Read this month’s Expert Tip below to learn more about strategies we use at Lomax to address weed pressure in our education fields, which will hopefully add to your toolbox and save you some valuable time.

Cheers,

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Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Director of Farm Services and Food Systems

P.S. Don’t miss our article, “Is Buying Organic Worth It?” While it is written for consumers, we think there is great value for our growers who are wondering if it’s worth becoming, or staying, certified.