Mellinger farm programming

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http://eagle-i.rf.ohio-state.edu/i/00000174-6ea0-87f9-b8fb-15ae80000000

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  1. Training service

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  1. Resource Description
    Mellinger Farm is currently in transition to an organic farm. Woodlyn Acres Farm, LLC., of Dalton, OH, is working in cooperation with OSU-OARDC to complete the transition. Chemical fertilizers are being replaced with animal manures, legume crops and cover crops, mined soil amendments such as gypsum, and carefully planned crop rotations to manage fertility. Some fertilizers are applied by sprayer to the crop leaves with fish-based emulsion to aid absorption. Weeds are managed by tillage and planned competition with crops. Crop choices along with their rotation are used to manage pests and diseases. The Research: Current research on small and medium sized farm diversification at Mellinger Farm is being run by the Agroecosystems Management Program at OARDC. Four replicates of five plot treatments are currently installed west of the farmstead. Three years of pasture are in rotation with hulless oats and an oilseed crop such as sunflower or camelina. Half plots of the 3rd year pastures are planted in vegetables and half plots of the 1st and 2nd year pastures are grazed by chickens. Careful accounting of all inputs, outputs and costs will add to understanding of how diversification proceeds and where difficulties in transitioning to diverse agricultural systems may require careful attention.
  2. Contact
    Casey Hoy
  3. Service Provided by
    The Agroecosystem Management Program (AMP)
 
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