Acknowledgements

We are greatly indebted to our learning group network of Minnesota organic producers. Without their perspectives and input on the concept and contents, this project would not have been possible. We would like to thank the field crews and researchers at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, at the Southern Research and Outreach Center, and at the St. Paul campus for coordinating our organic field research. We would also like to recognize the diligent work other organic researchers in the region, whose data helped support our conclusions. Our gratitude goes to Arlene West for her patience and excellent work on the layout and design.

This manual was funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) through a Research Partnership Grant titled “Tools for Managing Pest and Environmental Risks to Organic Crops in the Upper Midwest”. The RMA was created in 1996 to help farmers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions. For more information about RMA programs and services in Minnesota, call the regional office in St. Paul at 651-290-3304 or visit their website at www.rma.usda.gov.

Other research support for this project is through the “Beyond Corn and Soybean: Alternative Organic Crops for the Upper Midwest” grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). For more information about NIFA and its programs, visit their website at www.csrees.usda.gov, or call 202-720-4423.

Disclaimer

Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and that no endorsement is implied by the authors or the University of Minnesota.

Availability

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Minnesota, 274 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, 612-624-9547, eoaa@umn.edu

This publication/material is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact:

Kristine Moncada
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
411 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-626-4906
monc0003@umn.edu

Editors

  • Kristine M. Moncada
  • Craig C. Sheaffer

Authors

  • Mary P. Brakke, Education Specialist, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Jeffrey A. Coulter, Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Carmen M. Fernholz, Organic Agriculture Research Coordinator, Southwest Research and Outreach Center, University of MN, Lamberton, MN
  • Jeffrey L. Gunsolus, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Sheri C. Huerd, Scientist, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • John A. Lamb, Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Kristine M. Moncada, Assistant Scientist, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Craig C. Sheaffer, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • James B. Stordahl, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension – Polk County, McIntosh, MN
  • Jochum J. Wiersma, Associate Extension Professor, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston, MN
  • Donald L. Wyse, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Interactive Quiz Design

Publication Design

Website Production